What is coronavirus?

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There has been a lot of news recently regarding the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide. With new cases being diagnosed every day, it is becoming an increasing fear for the public, but exactly what is coronavirus? 

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV)

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease [1].

The current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. As of this morning, four more people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, taking the total of confirmed cases to eight- with that looking set to rise further.

The risk of getting the illness in the UK was categorised low, however, in recent days has been escalated. Matt Hancock confirming the severity of the virus, stating it to now be a “serious and imminent threat” to the public [2].

What can you do to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

How can Sychem help?

At Sychem, we provide Sychem Protect and Sychem Control; both used to reduce the chances posed by cross infection.

Sychem Protect is a disinfectant/antiseptic technology platform. It is intended for use as a skin antiseptic solution and offers safe, effective, user-friendly skin cleansing, disinfection, and sanitation across a wide range of industries.

From healthcare to laboratories, food processing to veterinary science, Sychem Protect is a proven chemical technology, safe to use in all associated food, animal, and human environments.

Sychem Control is a high-level dual cleaner disinfectant chemical solution offering safe, effective, user-friendly single step cleaning and disinfection across a wide range of industries and applications. From healthcare to laboratories, food processing to veterinary science, Sychem Control is a proven solution safe to use in all associated food, animal, and human environments.

The Control Technology™ platform is based around the quaternary ammonium compounds didecyldimethyl ammonium chloride (DDAC) and benzalkonium chloride (BAC) with an adjuvant effect to enhance its antimicrobial efficacy.

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