Viral infections can be a serious threat not only to the safety and well being of you and your family but also to your business and personal assets. It’s extremely important to educate yourself about the risks of global infections and common contaminants to be fully prepared for when life throws you the unexpected. Read more about protecting yourself during an outbreak on our upcoming blog – publishing March 10th on our newsletter. For a CDC and EPA approved disinfectant, use Bioesque Solutions
What are viruses and contaminants?
Viruses are biological organisms that reproduce within the cells of a living host. They are much smaller and more complex than bacteria and are unable to multiply on their own, although they can survive out of the body for a window of time. During viral replication, the virus infects its host by attaching itself to a host cell and penetrating the cellular membrane. Viruses consist of genetic materials (DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protective coat of protein, called a capsid. After this replication process within a host, these new viruses can move on to continue the infection process of new hosts. Unlike other microorganisms, viruses are not affected by antibiotics and don’t have a cure. There are, however, antiviral drugs available to treat some specific infections.
Contaminants are substances that are classified as toxic, persistent and a cause for concern to the overall health of humans, plants, and animals. Something that becomes contaminated has the presence of an impurity or constituent that infects, spoils, corrupts or weakens a material, environment or physical body. Contaminants can be classified into three categories: physical, biological and chemical.
The best way to prevent the spread of any virus or bacteria is to get vaccinated and practice good health and hygiene habits.
As the number of confirmed cases rises globally, there is evidence that cases with unknown origin and no ties to international transit will grow in the United States. Iran, Italy, and Korea were the first to see large-scale spread outside of China, prompting a level-three travel warning for these countries. Currently in the United States, California, New York, and Washington have reported similair cases. A number of mass gatherings and events have already been postponed or cancelled.
During the spread of the coronavirus, there are specific types of third-party claims that may arise:
Insurance carriers may be changing coverage to exclude or limit exposures to coronavirus-type claims. Carriers may try to add, broaden or “clarify” exclusions, or sub limit exposures on renewals or new business. Stay informed of the latest policy changes to remain an educated consumer.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 and the impact of this virus is growing everyday, effecting the global economy and setting off growing concerns for a pandemic. In the case this virus continues to grow, cities may even require mandatory 14 day quarantine periods. In order to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep yourself healthy, follow these simple practices:
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The World Health Organization has yet to declare the coronavirus a global pandemic. As public health concerns arise, the effects on commerce have been deeply felt due to travel bans, global event cancellations, and city-wide shut downs, with more to be expected. Below is a list of the some of the most recent updates:
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