GBAC issues third tip sheet on coronavirus

GBAC publishes third tip sheet for cleaning and restoration professionals.

The Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA,  has published a third tip sheet for cleaning and restoration professionals addressing the recent outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (Wuhan Coronavirus).

In the release, GBAC details recommendations for the proper use of disinfectants to prevent the spread of virus.

This tip sheet is the latest in a series from GBAC on the current coronavirus outbreak.

The council has issued tip sheets on personal protective equipment and risk assessment procedures.

The 2019-nCoV is a novel or new coronavirus, that was first identified in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced “COVID-19” as the official name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”

As of 18 February 2020, there have been confirmed 15 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia. Eight of the earlier cases are reported to have recovered. The other seven are in a stable condition. All of the cases in Australia had a direct or indirect link to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Across the world, there have been about 71,434 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 1,775 reported deaths. The fatality rate is currently 2.5 per cent.

Earlier this month WHO declared the new strain a public health emergency of international concern.

The decision was announced after a Geneva meeting of the international organisation’s emergency committee.

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