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Online Tool Estimates How Environmental Conditions Affect Coronavirus

June 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has created an online calculator that estimates how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 remains in the air under various environmental conditions.

 

DHS used results of ongoing research being conducted at S&T’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center in Maryland. Researchers believe COVID-19 is spread mainly through airborne respiratory particles from breathing, talking, and coughing, and potentially through contact with contaminated surfaces. Using simulated saliva, S&T researchers evaluated the impact of environmental conditions on the SARS-CoV-2 virus in temperatures ranging from 50 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 20% to 70%, and sunlight with an ultraviolet (UV) index up to 10. They found the virus is most stable indoors and least stable in the presence of sunlight.

 

The calculator is designed to assist response efforts and minimize person-to-person transmission by analyzing environmental factors that may impact the ability of the virus to spread. It has been added to an online kit that includes a tool that models survival of SARS-CoV-2 on nonporous surfaces indoors.

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American Airlines Takes Flight With GBAC STAR

June 29, 2020

American Airlines Group Inc. has announced plans to pursue GBAC STAR™ accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, for its entire fleet of aircraft as well as the airline’s airport customer lounges.

To earn accreditation, American Airlines must demonstrate compliance with GBAC STAR’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment, emergency preparedness, and response measures. American Airlines aims to be the first airline to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, with a goal of full accreditation by the end of the year.

For more information on the GBAC STAR accreditation program, contact GBAC.

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Students Confident in Universities’ Plans to Keep Them Safe From Coronavirus

Survey finds most students want to return to campus in the fall

June 29, 2020

As facilities across the country ramp up their cleaning standards in response to the coronavirus pandemic, universities are no exception.  Campus cleaning crews have a large task ahead of them this fall following extra cleaning protocols to keep students safe. A new survey from student housing developer, Core Spaces, found that most students are confident in their university’s ability to protect them from catching the virus. This survey was conducted from 2,500 student respondents across the country.

Students are extremely anxious to return to campus as soon as possible, with more than 85% of respondents saying they were either “very confident” (41.6%) or “somewhat confident” (43.7%) that their student housing provider would take appropriate and available measures to help protect them and others from spreading the virus. As a whole, 90% of respondents believed their school would enforce the necessary precautions.

Colleges and universities will need to set up different ways to offer large lecture classes, such as offering the courses online or in smaller classes throughout the campus. With thousands of students on campus, almost everywhere is considered a high traffic area and needs to be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. Regardless, 72.5% of respondents said they would like to get back to their universities and study from their dorm rooms even if the schools continue online instruction in the fall.  

With multiple living spaces, dining halls, and classrooms to clean, colleges must put sanitization near the top of their priority list to ensure safety for all. Learn some tips on preparing for the big summer cleaning push to prepare for campuses reopening in the fall.

Straight Talk Episode Details Auto Disinfection

June 29, 2020

We’ve talked a lot about cleaning and disinfecting facilities and homes, but Americans spend a lot of time in their cars, as well. A recent episode of Straight Talk discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the car detailing niche.

Many auto detailers across the country were initially shut down because they were labeled as nonessential businesses. The International Detailing Association (IDA) provided resources to help business owners lobby to be labeled essential as members of the cleaning industry who provide a valuable service in reducing the risk of infection.

Upon reopening, IDA members soon found that not only did many clients want their cars cleaned, they also wanted them disinfected. Detailing teams wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, face masks, and safety glasses while spraying the interior of vehicles with disinfectants, paying special attention to high touchpoints. Many detailers offer clients the option of a “no contact” appointment to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Find more Straight Talk episodes on cleanfax.com and take part in engaging online conversations on industry topics by joining the Straight Talk Facebook group.

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