Like many respiratory viruses, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be spread through droplets released from the nose and mouth of an infected person as they cough. These particles can land on other people, clothing and surfaces around them.
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. The type of surface, the temperature of the room, and the humidity in the environment may all play a role in how long the virus can survive on a surface. Even so, the World Health Organization, CDC and others health authorities, have emphasised that cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces regularly are key in preventing Covid-19’s spread.
This guidance provides recommendations on cleaning relevant Centurion PPE products (i.e. protective face screens and respiratory equipment) used in environments where wearers may encounter individuals with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19. It is aimed at minimising the survival of COVID-19 in key environments and is meant as broad guidance for the maintenance and cleaning of relevant Centurion PPE products only. For specific measures, users must always refer to their standard operating procedure for the handling, cleansing and disposal of PPE equipment.