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We’ve seen mass hysteria spreading across the world over the last few months, with many calling it the worst health crisis we have seen in a generation. But what is Covid-19, and what can we be doing about it?

The virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic on March 11th, 2020. Now spread worldwide, the infection rate is alarming, and many countries are putting strict measures in place to control the impact on their populations and health services.

Causing flu-like symptoms of varying severity, the virus is known as Coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2. Evidenced as having a more severe effect on the very young, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, the disease has been seen to cause coughing, fever, fatigue, breathing problems, headaches and aching limbs, with other symptoms also reported.

In the most severe cases, Covid-19 is resulting in pneumonia and lung failure, causing death.

Transmitting the virus

There are three main ways for a virus to spread between people: droplet, indirect and contact.

Droplet infection is caused by infected people coughing and sneezing, expelling contaminated droplets into the air which are then ingested by others around them.

Indirect transmission occurs because the virus can, if left unchecked, survive on different surfaces such as clothing, handrails, desks and door handles for several hours. So, in the absence of cleaning these surfaces with an appropriate anti-viral product, if an infected person touches them, they can leave behind the pathogen which a healthy person later comes into contact with.

Contact infection has not yet been proven as a method for contracting Covid-19 but can occur when the smallest trace of an infected person’s stool is absorbed by the mucus membranes of a healthy person. So, unless the highest level of hand hygiene is observed, minute traces of pathogens can be transferred by touching hands or making contact with an infected person, and later touching the eyes, nose or mouth where the disease then enters the system.

Reducing the risk

As with most diseases of its type, the progress of Covid-19 spread can be slowed significantly with a thorough cleaning regime. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, regular handwashing and cleaning of communal areas and hard surfaces is of paramount importance.

Reducing contact between people will also contribute towards reducing the spread – for example here at Ruck Engineering we have called for a company-wise pause on hand shaking when greeting customers and suppliers, for everyone’s benefit.

It is worth noting that antibacterial products have no effect on Covid-19 because it is a virus. Instead, physical removal of the pathogen using handwashing, and destroying it with heat, alcohol-based and anti-viral products is the only way to stop it.

Now more than ever, it is crucial to have a regular and consistent cleaning schedule in place for all equipment, machinery and tools. While social distancing can help to reduce the spread, we must also be mindful of the fact that the world cannot stop – food needs to be produced, healthcare and emergency services must operate, deliveries need to take place, and essentials must be manufactured.

Ruck Engineering’s policy

As a provider of a key industrial service and a business that relies on attending customer sites to carry out regular maintenance of cleaning equipment, we are aware that we have a particular responsibility to ensure we are adhering to stringent Coronavirus hygiene regulations.

Our engineers, drivers and sales team will be following a strict regime of sanitising before and after every visit with our own sanitising product.

We will also spray wipe machinery as thoroughly as possible before working on or removing it as necessary.

We have produced a detailed Risk Assessment and Method Statement to support this and we would invite all our customers to download this via the links provided.

Cleaning of equipment, vehicles, factories etc. must continue!

We will support our customers’ businesses safely and efficiently during these difficult times.

We also are offering new anti-viral disinfectant, for sanitising of hard surfaces and cleaning communal areas.

Please do not hesitate to call us at Ruck Engineering for any advice on your cleaning needs, cleaning products or help to reorganise a machine service or indeed a new piece of equipment to help mitigate these difficulties.

We have in stock a wide range of equipment to provide increased cleaning during these difficult times as business must go on.