WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

The coronavirus outbreak, first identified in the City of Wuhan, China with many thousands infected and more than 100 deaths, is a new coronavirus labelled 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While the vast majority of cases are centred in Wuhan, infections have also been found in Canada, the United States and many other countries around the world. News reports have just indicated that person-to-person transmission of 2019-nCoV has been confirmed.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak an international public health emergency. The WHO is monitoring the situation and assisting countries around the world with information to control the spread of this virus. Please visit “https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/” for information updates and the pandemic status of 2019-nCoV.

MINIMIZE TRANSMISSION

Patients with suspected or confirmed with 2019-nCov infection should be cared for while using Isolation Precautions to minimize the potential transmission of the disease. This includes contact precautions and droplet precautions or in the case of procedures that can cause aerosolization, droplet precautions are replaced with airborne precautions. The use of gloves, eye protection (goggles or face shield), gowns, the correct respiratory protection, cleaning and disinfection and frequent hand hygiene are also important to block the route of transmission.

HAND WASHING

Proper and frequent hand hygiene (5 Moments of Hand Hygiene) includes hand washing with hand soaps such as our institutional bulk hand soaps (such as CORALINE, SINCERELY, ESSENTIAL SOFT ‘N TUFF, VERT-2-GO HAND SOAP, etc.) and Gojo cartridge soaps. Hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based hand rub such as Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer (when hands are visibly free from soil) is also an important part of hand hygiene efforts.