The toll from a new virus in China, the coronavirus, rose to 17 deaths and more than 500 cases on Wednesday, heightening contagion risks. The virus was first identified in Wuhan City, China, but cases have now been reported in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. No cases have been identified in the United States as of today.

The outbreak has sparked alarm because it is in the same family of viruses as SARS. Authorities are anxious about the added risk from millions of Chinese traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday. Chinese health authorities have reported that patients have experienced fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. CDC is responding to this serious emerging public health issue

Coronaviruses are common in many different species of animals, including camels and bats. Rarely, these coronaviruses can evolve and infect humans and then spread between humans. Recent examples of this include SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and now the most recent corona virus strain that has infected hundreds of people in Southeast Asia.

Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from one infected person to another through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • fecal contamination (rarely)

The SteriSpace™ air sterilization technology can have a huge impact in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus. Negative Pressure Patient Isolation Shelters are used to prevent infection transmission to unaffected people. Patients with a suspected infection of a highly contagious infectious disease (i.e. coronavirus, TB, SARS, Ebola, measles, etc.) are placed in isolation. The airflow leaving the isolation space is exhausted through a system using the SteriSpace™ technology, which has been shown to destroy bacteria and viruses (>99.9999% as demonstrated in independent testing), preventing their release into the surrounding environment. When used in this manner, the technology solution satisfies the CDC Infection Control guidelines for infection isolation.

For more information on how SteriSpace™ can help with the coronavirus outbreak, contact Nicholas Inglima ninglima@youfirstservices.com or fill out the inquiry form on the contact page.