The threat of coronavirus
Dince the beginning of January, the news has been talking about the new coronavirus identified in China, generating a worldwide alert to the danger of contamination. The researchers have not decided exactly how the micro-organism has evolved, creating apprehension and many doubts about the case.
In Brazil, ANVISA has already notified the increased attention in ports and airports to suspected cases of coronavirus.
Viruses are very small beings and easy to infection, which can cause infections from minor to serious diseases. The coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause colds from even severe respiratory syndromes, the transmission is done through close contact, causing symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, coughing and breathing difficulties. When there are more serious respiratory syndromes can occur kidney failure and even lead to death.
A widely publicized case in 2019 was about the complications caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, more present and common than usually imagined.
Not everything is what it seems
It is normal to associate contamination by microorganisms - mostly - to places that offer higher risk, such as public toilets or infected environments, for example. However, besides the bathrooms are environments requiring a frequent cleaning, are also places that already have many products with antimicrobial additives.
The ceramic and polymer industry, for example, are increasingly focusing on this particular type of product, both in sanitary ware, and in their seats.
It is known that bacterial contamination can occur by various means and greater susceptibility to contamination are in public places because of the high turnover of people.
In this sense the locations that have higher risk contamination, like us airportsThey are those that occur the greater contact between people and objects that are not sanitized as often, as totems of check-in, service counters, bank arms in the departure lounge and especially in the trays of belongings in the safety area.
How to prevent contamination?
In addition to the high turnover, airports are intended to offset its users, which becomes an aggravating factor, given that these spaces get people around the world and therefore, carry with bacteria from different places to the other side of the world .
The first step is to have the knowledge that the risk of contamination It is present at all times and everywhere. It is very important to have the care and attention to all kinds of contact that occurs in environments with large movement of people.
Here are some precautions that can help prevent the disease:
- Wash hands with soap and water;
- Use alcohol gel;
- Cover your mouth with the forearm when coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid crowds and indoors;
- Do not share personal items.
Airports began to serve, on Friday (24/1), ANVISA beeps in Portuguese, English and Mandarin on the coronavirus. The message, lasting one minute, warning about the symptoms of the disease and report on measures to prevent its transmission.
ANVISA informs: in case of fever, cough or difficulty breathing within a period of up to 14 days trip to China, you should seek the health unit closest.