The world is now shaken by a global pandemic: the coronavirus disease of 2019, better known as COVID-19. A public health emergency that many thought would be contained in the Chinese province of Wuhan has now reached many parts of the world. Its current epicentre is in Italy, but in recent days, the number of cases in the United States has surpassed that of Italy’s.
In Australia, there are over four thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the death toll at 19. The good news is that these numbers are starting to dwindle. Queensland has seen a significant drop in the number of cases, and with the continued effort from the society and government, Queensland and the whole of Australia will soon be over the worst.
However, it is still important to practice heightened precautionary measures at this time. With a virus like COVID-19, one really can’t be too careful. One of the best examples of health and safety practices that the community can do is availing of a rubbish removal service. In this article, learn about coronavirus, COVID-19, and how a quick skip bin hire for managing your waste is a great addition to your list of health and safety protocols.
What is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a family of viruses. An example of this is SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome); both were infectious diseases that have affected plenty of lives in the past. A new coronavirus disease emerged in Wuhan, China during the latter part of 2019.
Because this specific strain of coronavirus was something scientists and doctors had not encountered before, it was called NCov, or Novel Coronavirus. Those who acquired respiratory illnesses due to NCov were then diagnosed with COVID-19 or coronavirus disease.
How is it spread?
COVID-19 is characterised by droplet transmission. When a carrier sneezes or coughs, they release virus-containing droplets into the air, and these droplets land on surfaces.
When a person touches these surfaces and later touches his eyes, mouth, and nose, the virus then enters the body. As the person’s immune system battles the virus, that person begins to exhibit symptoms, such as dry cough, fever, and itchiness in the throat. The person is only officially diagnosed with COVID-19 after they test positive.
Some people consider it to be a relief that COVID-19 is not airborne. If it were, one only needs to inhale air that contains the virus in order to acquire it. Because it is spread via droplets, one needs to disinfect their hands as well as the surfaces around them from time to time. This is why the World Health Organisation has been encouraging everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and spray alcohol or other disinfectants onto surfaces many times during the day.
But even if it is not airborne, droplet transmission is still incredibly dangerous, as evidenced by the spike in cases all over the world. To really understand how serious and dangerous this is, it is important to understand how droplet transmission works.
When an infected person sneezes, for example, they release millions of droplets that can travel one to two meters. These droplets fall onto objects, like furniture, devices, public transport railings, and more. A single sneeze can produce up to 10, 000 droplets, while a single cough can produce up to 3,000.
This means that it is possible that COVID-19 has landed and will survive on the waste you produce at home, in the office, or elsewhere. Because the world is currently dealing with an invisible enemy, it is important to use all of the health and safety practices you have access to at this time. One example of these helpful practices is scheduling a rubbish removal service for the duration of the pandemic.
Regular skip bin hire can go a long way
Many homeowners and property managers in Australia are counting on rubbish removal services to help them fight the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how it could be beneficial.
You keep potentially virus-laden surfaces as far away from you as possible
The less your rubbish, the less your exposure to the virus. Much of the rubbish we produce every day have surfaces where the coronavirus can survive for a long time. On cardboard, it can survive for up to 24 hours. On plastic and stainless steel, it can live for 2 to 3 days.
This is not to say that all of our coffee cups or takeaway boxes or plastic shopping bags are lined with coronavirus. It’s just that the virus cannot be seen by the naked eye, so it’s never wrong to be too careful when it comes to dealing with rubbish. Have them taken away immediately and as often as possible, and you reduce your risk.
Also, if you hire a skip bin, you’re in a better position to dispose of stainless steel properly. If you have unused or old stainless steel in your property, they’re really serving no other purpose than just being hosts for coronavirus.
Of course, a reliable will also be practising their own safety measures – they might use gloves, masks, and protective equipment – which means you can be confident that your rubbish will be disposed of safely.
Declutter to disinfect
Many Australians, especially homeowners, have opted to just give their homes a thorough clean during this time. It may be because of the stay-at-home protocol; people now have more time to do general cleaning. But it can also be because it only makes sense for a lot of people to clean and declutter as well as disinfect. Spraying disinfectant onto a cluttered living room seems to fail to make people feel as if their home is clean and safe from the virus.
Decluttering during this time is a great way to condition your mind to keep your indoors as clean as possible. After all, fighting the virus starts in the mind. It may be your first time to adopt more aggressive cleaning practices. You are not alone; for many, this is a completely new habit to acquire. Thus, the cleaner your indoors, the more encouraged you are to keep it that way.
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