As of last week, the potentially lethal coronavirus reached the US after over 1,000 cases were confirmed in Wuhan, China, leading to 17 deaths. Today, confirmed cases are over 6,000 with deaths in the hundreds.
As of January 27, 2020, the U.S. government has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory to China.
The virus spreads quickly and easily, so it's important to take the necessary precautions. Here's how:
Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones from the Coronavirus
First things first, you need to break the chain of transmission. When virus carriers sneeze, cough, or touch their hands to their faces and then to public surfaces (or to other hands through a handshake), small water droplets are projected into the nearby environment and contaminate the surface of nearly everything in the immediate area.
According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a cough travels at approximately 50 mph with about 3,000 droplets. A sneeze is the greater offender at nearly 100 mph and more than 100,000 droplets!
When we touch these infected surfaces with our hands, we can end up transferring the bacteria from those surfaces to the items we touch, such as our phones. While we may wash our hands frequently throughout the day, on average Americans check their phone about 52 times per day, thus reinfecting our hands. Even scarier is a study that shows we touch our faces 23 times an hour.
PhoneSoap devices help break the chain of transmission by killing viruses using powerful UV-C light. UV-C light kills pathogens by breaking down the DNA so the germs can't function. When they can't function, they can't make you sick OR reproduce.
PhoneSoap has been tested and clinically proven to kill 99.99% of Influenza type A, an enveloped virus similar to the coronavirus. PhoneSoap has also been tested to kill strong bacteria such as Staph aureus.
It is important to practice standard infection prevention techniques with proven technology to drastically decrease rates of transmission with the highest rates of efficiency.
PhoneSoap is a great example of clinically proven and tested technology that can reduce up to 99.99% of germs on your phone. Using PhoneSoap in combination with sound hand hygiene practices (this includes not touching your face) will greatly reduce the rate at which germs are spreading in your environments.