If fighting the flu and other illnesses off during the winter months wasn’t difficult enough, we now have to be cautious of the coronavirus. Currently, there are 14 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States in six states (Washington, California, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, and Massachusetts). Before we get into how to protect ourselves against the virus, let’s talk about the basics first. What is the coronavirus? nVIRO Shield being used in a St. Louis high school wrestling room According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), coronaviruses are common in many different species of animals including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now current outbreak 2019-nCoV. 2019-nCoV is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Providence, China. Many patients in the Wuhan outbreak were reportedly linked to a large seafood/animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (Similar to how the flu is spread.) Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For confirmed cases of 2019-nCov, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. The CDC believes that symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. How do I protect myself against the coroanvirus? There are several ways to protect yourself according to the CDC. Several preventative actions you can take, include: Avoid close contact with individuals showing signs of illness Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without first washing your hands Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds Alternative: use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer If you are sick (with any type of illness), you should: Stay home Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects How can I protect my tenants, staff, and/or students against the coronavirus? To prevent the coronavirus and other illnesses from spreading, there are important steps you should take to help protect the health of tenants, staff, and/or students. Spray Woodard’s nVIRO Shield® killing the human coronavirus in 1 minute Clean surfaces frequently Advise individuals to stay home if they are sick Make extra tissues, soap, and alcohol-based sanitizers accessible to promote healthful habits Engage your state/local health departments to confirm channels of communication nVIRO Shield protecting St. Louis ambulance What is nVIRO Shiled®? An added layer of protection against the spread of illness (flu, coronavirus, C. diff, etc.) Protects for up to 30 days with sealant Safe for humans & pets How does it work? Electrostatic mister lightly coats all surfaces, ensuring 100% coverage Technology allows particles to surround and adhere to objects 2 main products: A light-activated Photocatalytic Protective Sealant + BruTab Disinfectant & Sanitizer About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard services the greater metro area (Illinois, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and many more). Woodard is proud to serve as the preferred provider for cleaning & restoration services. Our cleaning services include carpet, hard surface, furniture, and rug cleaning for both residential and commercial properties. We also provide water, fire, board-up, storm and smoke restoration services for residential and commercial clients. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.