What Are Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped viruses that was first discovered in the 1960s. Coronaviruses are most commonly found in animals, including camels and bats, and are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. However six strains of coronavirus were previously known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans, the most well-known being SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus), responsible for a large outbreak in 2003, and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus), responsible for an outbreak in 2012.
What Are the Symptoms of a Human Coronavirus Infection?
Human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Symptoms often include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever. Most people contract the illness at some point in their lives and it usually only lasts for a short time. Sometimes human coronaviruses can cause lower respiratory tract 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, via contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces, and sometimes, but rarely, via fecal contamination.4 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.
Why Are Human Coronaviruses and Particularly SARS-CoV-2 a Concern?
Most people get infected with a human coronavirus at some point in their lives and experience cold-like symptoms for a few days before recovering. However, novel coronaviruses — such as MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 cause severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath that can lead to pneumonia and even death. These coronaviruses can quickly spread from person to person and can lead to widespread outbreaks when infected individuals travel to different countries. As with most emerging viruses, the risk depends on a number of factors including ease of transmission, severity of symptoms and prevention and treatment options available. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, there is neither a vaccine nor specific treatment.
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/.
We will submit all safety data sheets, technical data sheets, and efficacy reports for approval prior to dispatching a crew for your approval. Due to high demand, we may use a variety of disinfectants approved by the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) list of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products that can be found at https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf.
Services to Non-Critical Spaces
Provide one-step disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in non-critical areas such as lobbies, offices, break rooms, restrooms, and elevators by spraying an approved disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19 and allowing treated surfaces to air dry. Please note that direct spraying of surfaces may only be used in non-critical areas that are outside the data center’s controlled environment.
Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces – Spray (COVID-19)
One-step disinfecting of high-touch surfaces by spraying disinfectant and allowing surfaces to air dry using an approved disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19.
Services to Critical Spaces
Provide disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and hard floor surfaces in critical areas such as data center rooms, command centers, labs, network and mechanical rooms by damp wiping and mopping using an approved disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19 and allowing treated surfaces to air dry. Please note that critical areas may only be damp wiped and mopped, and that spraying services cannot be used in the data center’s controlled environment.
Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces – Damp Wipe (COVID-19)
Disinfects high-touch surfaces by vacuuming and damp wiping using an ULPA filtered vacuum and an approved disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19.
Disinfect Hard Floor Surfaces – Vacuum & Mop (COVID-19)
Disinfects hard floor surfaces by vacuuming and mopping using an ULPA filtered vacuum and with an approved disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19.
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. We are a non-union, privately held limited liability company headquartered in South Carolina with a team of regional sales and field-based supervisors and technicians throughout the country. We are a member of the Association of Data Center Cleaning Professionals (www.adccp.org) that promotes professional standards and best practices for data center cleaning vendors and facility managers. ProSource provides national coverage with consistent service, competitive pricing, and flexible scheduling. We operate field-based crews from a network of regional hubs across the United States to ensure the highest level of service to meet your needs at every location.