Earlier this year, the world was shocked by the outbreak of a new virus that began in the province of Wuhan, China. In a period of less than a month, since December 2019, a coronavirus, coded 2019-nCoV, has infected 2,000 people and killed 56 people.
Initially, 2019-nCoV was thought to only move from animals to humans. However, it has now been proven that the virus has mutated and can be transmitted from human to human. This means the potential for viruses to spread is even greater.
Not only in China, now there are cases of this virus that have been detected in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, the UK, Singapore and the United States. It is also possible that this virus could have spread to Indonesia.
What is coronavirus 2019-nCoV?
The 2019-nCoV virus is part of the coronavirus type. This virus is zoonotic, which means it is transmitted from animals to humans, but can also be transmitted from human to human. Within ten years, coronaviruses have mutated into dangerous types, namely MERS and SARS.
How does coronavirus 2019-nCoV spread?
This latest mutation of coronavirus can spread in several ways, including:
- Contact with animals. Some scientists believe that SARS originated from civet cats which are widely available in China, while MERS originated from camels. Now, 2019-nCoV is believed to be sourced from a wet market.
- Spread by air. The virus can spread through droplets released from coughing or sneezing.
- Touch. Shaking hands with or touching someone who is infected can increase the risk of being infected.
- Dirt. Contact with human feces can also cause a person to become infected with the virus, but very rarely.
People who are prone to coronavirus 2019-nCoV
People with weak immune systems are very vulnerable to coronavirus infections, such as infants, children, elderly people, and pregnant women. A person with a weakened immune system such as someone who’s undergoing chemotherapy, elderly people, and those who have health problems are also very vulnerable to this virus. The last two groups are the most vulnerable, considering those who have died in China due to 2019-nCoV are elderly and people with health problems.
How to avoid contracting coronavirus 2019-nCoV?
There hasn’t been any effective vaccine found to prevent coronavirus, however, there are simple steps to help minimise risks of contracting it:
- Carefully wash your hands. Your hands are in touch with many places and objects wherever you go. Wash your fingers, in between and backs of hands, as well as your palms with water, soap and/or antiseptic.
- Avoiding physical contact with infected people. Coronavirus can spread by direct physical contacts such as a handshake and a kiss on the cheek with anyone who has infected the virus.
- Do not touch your face with your hands. Viruses can enter through the mouth, eyes, and nose. If you have to spruce up your face, try to wash your hands first.
- Clean animal wastes. Be sure to regularly clean your pet’s wastes as the coronavirus can also infect animals.
- Avoiding risky places. The risk of exposing yourself to viruses or bacteria at the hospital, clinic, and places affected by the plague is possible. Therefore, choose to not visit such places if it isn’t necessary.
Blueair as a part of the solution
What about in the rooms you live in? On average, 90 percent of daily activities are done indoors, and indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. All kinds of pollutants, including viruses, can circulate freely where you spend most of your time; at home, school, office or gym.
In order to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, ensuring the air in a room is clean is absolutely necessary. Installing an adequate ventilation system can ensure that the air exchange is adequate, but pollutants that are outside can still enter the room. The best way to stop viruses in the air is to install an air purifier. Choose an air purifier that is able to filter out 99.9 percent of pollutants as small as 0.1 micron, including H1N1, an earlier strain of coronavirus similar to 2019-nCoV. Blueair, equipped with HEPASilentTM technology, combines highly efficient HEPA filtration with electrostatic ionizers is proven to get rid of at least 12 types of bacteria and viruses*
As one of the most awarded air purifiers, Blueair has a unique advantage compared to others in the market, namely its ability to effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses while producing some of the highest CADR. HEPASilentTM technology combines the best of mechanical filtering and ionizing to effectively kill and remove 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria from the air in just 60 minutes.
How does Blueair get rid of viruses?
Different from most air purifiers in the market that employ only mechanical filtering, Blueair’s patented hybrid technology that combines mechanical filtration and electrostatic ioniser. Polluted air that enters is first charged with ions so that very small particles stick as they pass through an opposing charge filtration fibres consisting of different sizes and layers.
Filter media of different sizes and layers ensure that all microscopic particles are filtered and trapped. The result is a high level of clean air production, or Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), free from both pollutants and microorganisms, namely viruses and disease-carrying bacteria. All the ionisation occurs within the unit, so that the resulting air is ozone free. Blueair filter media is also hydrophobic, to make sure that captured germs are unable to survive.
Find out more how Blueair can help kill bacteria and viruses, and make your environment safer and healthier at www.higienis.com, or call (021) 3983-5295 for more information and advice.
Higienis Indonesia is known as a specialist in the field of quality health and hygienic solutions.
*Tests were done by Guangzhou Testing Center of Industrial Microbiology, China and The Guangzhou CAS Test Technical Services Co., Ltd, China.