The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creeping its way in through Europe and it seems to be far from over. With the news of rapid spread, we are now more than ever required to take all the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this virus that appears to spread like wildfire.

About the Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a new strain coming from a family of viruses that are ranging from the common cold, to the more serious cases such as respiratory diseases. Because the Coronavirus is zoonotic, meaning it gets transmitted between humans and animals, there only needs to be around 6 feet between two people in order for the virus to be transmitted.
There is also the possibility that the virus can be transmitted through surfaces: if you touch a surface where the bacteria lies and bring your hands up to your face, you will be catching the virus yourself.
There are currently over 190,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, which seem to have originated in Wuhan, China, and are now quickly spreading through Europe.

What can you do?

washing hands properly

The first and most important thing to do: keep clean. Wash your hands, use gloves when needed, cover your mouth when sneezing/coughing. It’s important that whatever you do, you try and protect yourself as much as you can.
By constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitisers when you’re on the go, you leave little room for bacteria to spread, making this one of the most important precautions you can take to ensure that you remain free of viruses.
Our recommendation is to use a range of hand washes and hand sanitisers that are alcohol based, as it’s been proven that alcohol is one of the best (if not the best) way of killing germs in as little as 15 seconds. The only real case in favour of hand washes and hand sanitisers that don't contain alcohol (when we talk about killing viruses) is that they don't dry out the hands – a problem easily solved with hand lotion.
When you’re on the go, remember to wear a face mask specifically designed to keep you safe when using any kind of public transportation (watch out for rush hour!). Cinema dates, concerts, theatre performances, these are great places for the virus to spread due to the big amount of people packed in a small space – that is why one of our biggest recommendation is using face masks whenever you find yourself in crowds.
The FFP3 mask is a face mask specifically designed for viruses such as the Coronavirus. The FFP3 mask is different than other masks because it is not only an all-rounder, providing you with the protection of the entire face, but it also has a filter that allows you to breath in and out as you normally would, filtering bacteria.
The FFP3 is also recommended because it is thicker than usual, single use masks that don’t protect the whole face or have any in-built filters.
The FFP3 is one of the most recommended mask when I comes to protecting yourself from the virus.
Alternatively, another type of face mask effective in situations like the one we are in are made out of made of non-woven fibre fabric with 3 ply non-woven fabric and 1 ply activated carbon, high filtration barrier against germs, pollen, dust, fog haze, automobile exhaust, PM2.5, bacteria, animal hair, cough, flu. Have a look!

How can you get involved in spreading the message about hygiene?

wash your hands poster

We have been talking about how important it is to keep yourself clean and sanitised. What happens if people don’t want to take this seriously enough to start taking care of themselves?
Everywhere we go, there are bound to be people not as concerned with certain viruses/ hygiene/ overall health and safety as we are. Therefore even if you do go through all this trouble to take care of yourself, but across your office there’s Janet that just ‘doesn’t believe the coronavirus is that important’ or Darcy from accounting who ‘forgets to wash his hands’; you will be impacted because of the shared space you are all working in.
And what about Karen from sales that spends 10 seconds washing her hands and believes that’s good enough to keep them clean for the rest of the day?
For this reason we added posters to our range that, if placed at the right spots in the office, might convert a few of these non-believers in proper hygiene to at least begin thinking about washing their hands effectively and keeping themselves clean.
Our range of posters are specifically made to convert the barely-washers and the germ-non-believers that are part of every office space.

Should you be worried?

If you wash your hands correctly using the correct products, sanitise whenever you’re on the go, wear a face mask when you’re in crowded places and make sure to teach your friends and family to do the same things so you can ultimately protect yourself, then no –you have nothing to worry about.
If you’re one of the people barely doing any of the things you should be doing even without the threat of a virus, then you might want to re-consider the amount of bacteria you expose yourself to – especially when talking about one that is spreading so rapidly that hospitals are being built just so it can be dealt with.
Shop our range of hand washes, sanitisers and posters HERE.