The importance of disinfecting your data center
Data center disinfection protects against the spread of the coronavirus. Understanding coronaviruses and how they spread is critical in developing a plan to protect employees and customers at your facility.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses discovered in the 1960s but commonly found in animals and not typically transmitted to humans until recently. Six strains of coronavirus were previously known to be capable of transmission to humans before COVID-19, the most well-known being SARS-CoV. These were responsible for outbreaks in 2003, and MERS-CoV was responsible for an outbreak in 2012. However, COVID-19 is a more contagious coronavirus and quickly spread among humans.
What are the symptoms of human coronavirus?
Human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper respiratory illness, similar to a common cold. 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. However, sometimes coronavirus 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 severe cases, such as 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 initially 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 helpful guidance and resources relating to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, including infection control measures:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- 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 to help reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19. First, disinfectants should be manually applied using a treated cloth by hand-wiping affected surfaces. Hand-wiping frequently touches 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. Many experts now recommend disinfecting high-touch surfaces as a regular cleaning program.
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. Electrostatic spraying is often deployed when an outbreak has occurred across a large building or campus area, and speed is needed to get the facility reopened to employees and customers.
Use a professional data center cleaning company.
Look for a professional data center cleaning company that offers disinfection cleaning services as part of their services. Ask for details about the cleaning procedures and disinfectants your cleaning vendor plans to use inside your data center. Developing a disinfection program as part of routine cleaning is recommended for best results. Also, a qualified data center cleaning vendor will provide emergency response services when an outbreak occurs.
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