The Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, has published a second tip sheet for cleaning and restoration professionals addressing the recent outbreak of 2019nCov (Wuhan coronavirus).
In the release, GBAC details recommendations for performing a proper risk assessment before cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting a potentially contaminated area. This tip sheet is the latest in a series from GBAC on the current coronavirus crisis.
Coronaviruses (CoV) refers to a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The 2019-nCoV, also known as the Wuhan Coronavirus is a novel or new coronavirus, that was first identified in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
While not common, coronaviruses can be zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted between animals and people.
This was the case with SARS-CoV, which was found to be transmitted from civet cats to humans, and MERS-CoV, which was found to be transmitted from dromedary camels to humans. While there is speculation that 2019-nCoV is also zoonotic, scientists are still unsure.
The ISSA and GBAC resource webpage will have updates such as implementing worker protection and using appropriate disinfectants; practicing precautionary measures and reducing the risk of infection and training and educational opportunities to reduce biohazard risks.
The council issued a tip sheet on personal protective equipment last week.
ISSA and GBAC have also released an official statement about the Wuhan coronavirus and will continue to monitor and provide updated information about the outbreak.
ISSA and GBAC continue to monitor the Wuhan coronavirus an its impact on the cleaning industry. For the latest updates, visit ISSA.com/coronavirus.
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