Understanding Coronavirus and Your Data Center
Data center managers need help protecting against the spread of coronavirus. Therefore, understanding coronaviruses and how they spread is a critical first step in formulating a plan.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses discovered in the 1960s. They are most commonly found in animals. However, they are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. Six strains of coronavirus were previously known to be capable of transmission to humans, the most well-known being SARS-CoV. These were responsible for a large outbreak in 2003, and MERS-CoV was responsible for an outbreak in 2012.
What are the symptoms of human coronavirus?
Human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper respiratory illness, similar to a common cold. Often, the symptoms often include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and fever. Most people contract the illness at some point in their lives. However, it usually only lasts for a short time. Sometimes they can cause lower respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in infants, the elderly, or individuals with weakened immune systems. In some serious cases, such as with COVID-19, the virus can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
How are coronaviruses spread?
Coronaviruses are typically spread through the air via coughing or sneezing, or contact with an infected person or contaminated surface. SARS-CoV-2 is thought to have originally spread from animals to humans, but there is growing evidence of person-to-person transmission. This pattern of transmission was also reported with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.
Recommended infection control measures
The CDC provides useful guidance and resources relating to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, including infection control measures:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid contact with infected individuals, as much as possible.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
- The CDC recommends that individuals confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should wear a mask, and healthcare workers should use eye protection. Both contact and airborne precautions should be implemented in addition to standard precautions.
For more information, refer to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
Recommended services for data centers
There are two recommended services for data center facilities. First, disinfectants can be manually applied using a treated cloth by hand-wiping affected surfaces. Typically, hand-wiping is used to treat frequently touched surfaces like workstations, telephones, keyboards, light switches, and door handles. Hand-wiping surfaces are recommended for areas inside server rooms so disinfectants are not swept into equipment through the room’s airflow.
For areas outside server rooms, like office areas, disinfectants may be applied using electrostatic sprayers. Electrostatic sprayers provide better coverage to surfaces at a much faster rate. Visit our website for more information about all of our data center cleaning services.
ProSource Technical Services is a certified data center cleaning service provider with over twenty-five years of experience working with mission-critical facilities across the United States.