The coronavirus has elevated from a national crisis affecting China to a world wide health emergency, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, in the span of a month.
Government agencies and international organization, such as the CDC and the WHO, have taken an all-hands-on-deck approach to combating the deadly virus and researching how to stop it. The EPA has also activated the Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides which allows companies marketing anti-microbial products to make additional efficacy claims for products that are proven to be particularly effective against this pathogen.
With the first reported non-travel related transmissions of the virus within the United States, prevention of further spread is of the utmost concern. The WHO has released guidelines for mitigating risk of infection, which include sanitizing constantly with alcohol based hand rubs or soaps and covering the nose and mouth.
However, cooperation is occurring to stop the spread of this pathogen. Companies are rushing to further test their their products to ensure the efficacy against the virus. Citizens are also taken recommendations by health organizations seriously and limiting travel as well as mitigating exposure or transmission risk of the virus. Prevention is the name of the game right now and with January drawing to an end, we hope February brings with it the results of this world wide effort.