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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines - Updated 09/03/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines - Updated 09/03/20

27 January 2020

First published 27/01/20. Last updated 09/03/20.

** PLEASE BE ADVISED, IF A PRODUCT IS NOT NAMED IN OUR GUIDELINES, WE WOULD NOT CURRENTLY RECOMMEND IT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) **

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, you will find detailed guidance on the Public Health England (PHE) website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

The guidance outlines infection prevention and control advice for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of WN-CoV. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

The guidance on the PHE website will remain under review as further scientific information is published about WN-CoV.

Our chief microbiologist has put together a summary of the guidelines, along with our recommended products for surface disinfection and hand hygiene.

Coronavirus

The recently identified Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) belongs to a large family of viruses with some causing a less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others causing a more-severe disease such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses.

Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. They have also been detected in blood, faeces and urine and, under certain circumstances, airborne transmission is thought to have occurred from aerosolised respiratory secretions and faecal material.

Sensitivity to Disinfectants

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses which means that they are sensitive to a wide range of disinfectants.

Environmental decontamination

There is evidence for other coronaviruses of the potential for widespread contamination of patient rooms/environments, so effective cleaning and decontamination is vital.

Cleaning and decontamination should only be performed by staff trained in the use of the appropriate PPE and infection prevention and control procedures.

The advice from PHE is to follow cleaning with neutral detergent with a chlorine-based disinfectant, in the form of a solution at a minimum strength of 1,000ppm available chlorine.

The main patient isolation room should be cleaned at least once a day, and following aerosol generating procedures or other potential contamination.

There should be more frequent cleaning of commonly used hand-touched surfaces and of anteroom/lobby areas (at least twice per day).

Dedicated or disposable equipment must be used for environmental decontamination. Reusable equipment must be decontaminated after use with a chlorine-based disinfectant as described above.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and good infection prevention and control precautions are effective at minimising risk but can never eliminate it.

Hand Hygiene

This is essential before and after all patient contact, removal of protective clothing and decontamination of the environment.

Use soap and water to wash hands or an alcohol hand rub if hands are visibly clean.

Rings (other than a plain smooth band), wrist watches and wrist jewellery must not be worn by staff involved in patient care or cleaning and disinfection procedures.

Evans Surface Disinfectants

The below products will give 1,000 ppm available chlorine:

 
Chlorine Based Disinfectant To achieve 1,000ppm
Chlor Tabs 1 tablet per 1 L water
Chlor Liquid 20ml per 1 L water
Cyclone 20ml per 1 L water
Cyclone Spray Ready to use formulation


If a chlorine disinfectant is not suitable for a particular application Safe Zone Plus, which is a ready to use (RTU) virucidal disinfectant, may be used.

Please be advised, if a product you are using is not listed, we would not currently recommend it against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Evans Hand Hygiene Products

You will find our range of hand soaps available HERE.

Handsan alcohol hand rub should be used if hands are clean.

Please see our latest update regarding global supply and demand for our products HERE.  

Disinfection of outside areas/vehicles

For disinfection of large scale outside areas or vehicles where products such as Bleach or QACs would not be appropriate FAM 30 or GPC8 could be used. Appropriate risk assessments and PPE would be required.

These two products from our livestock protection range - FAM 30 and GPC8 have been tested to demonstrate Virucidal activity (EN 14675) at a 1:100 dilution.

Both products have also shown efficacy against an animal coronavirus Porchine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) at 1:200. They are used to disinfect livestock housing, vehicles and in foot/wheel baths to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Please visit our Coronavirus Support Material page, to find a selection of helpful guides and wallcharts.

You will find further guidance on the following government and world organisation websites:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/covid19-leaflet-public-travellers-EC-en.pdf
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