In launching a toolkit of products, educational materials and expertise to combat the spread of norovirus, Diversey is actively educating ‘its customers and distributors on the best practices and most effective products to help reduce the risk of norovirus on employees, customers and facility operations.’
“We are working closely with our customers to ensure they are as prepared as possible to react to any outbreak,” said North American vice president Richard McEvoy.
Diversey offers a number of products that are effective against norovirus. Among these products is Oxivir Tb, which the marketer states is able to kill the virus in one minute, significantly faster than many other products while providing one of the safest disinfectant profiles on the market.
According to leading US epidemiologist Salah Qutaishat,”Enteric illnesses, including norovirus, will continue to be a public health challenge in the future. Our best defence is to be prepared as we encounter seasonal norovirus outbreaks. I think that institutions with high risk of norovirus transmission, such as cruise ships and long-term healthcare facilities, should be proactive by having an enteric illness plan in place. This plan should be activated as soon as the first case of norovirus is identified.”
Public health agencies have recommended some key actions to help reduce the risk of norovirus transmission, including: frequent hand washing, carefully washing fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them, and improved cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces with effective disinfectant cleaners.
“We are staying close to our customers and have expanded our production levels of disinfectants and hand hygiene products to ensure that we are able to meet our customers’ needs for these infection prevention solutions,” noted McEvoy.