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Attention all Passengers... MERS-CoV Now Boarding!

Posted by Mikeisha Paul on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

The realization that the world is extremely interconnected really hits home when there is a deadly outbreak.  Take MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) for instance. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and the US had its first case in May 2014. It is easy to forget that germs make their way around the globe all the time and fairly easily. When we turn on the news and hear about outbreaks on other continents or in other countries we have a false sense of security... At least until we hop on a bus, train or plane. Take an airport, bus or train station for example...Whether you are sick or not, you touch surfaces that have come into contact with people (and their germs) from all over the world- with the bus, train or plane as the common link. Now let's look at a plane as simply another surface with some areas that are more frequently touched than others. When a surface on a plane is not disinfected, germs can potentially travel the globe hitching rides on people's hands and personal belongings leaving a trail of infection behind.

So what does all this really mean? It means ALL pathogens are airborne and have bus and train passes! Since humans don't have wings or wheels we use buses, trains and planes to get from point A to point B (over long distances or when visiting other continents). Naturally pathogens clued into this too...

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So how do we break the chain of infection of pathogens like MERS-CoV on surfaces in the air? By keeping them grounded with Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide of course (wink). The thing about emerging pathogens is that you won't always see the actual claim on the label. So if you are looking for MERS you won't find it. However, if you don't already know, MERS is a Coronavirus - similar to the SARS virus in structure and epidemiology. AHP was instrumental in the SARS outbreak in Canada over 10 years ago and consequently, AHP products have a claim against Human Coronavirus. The same AHP products that made waves so many years ago in hospitals helping to stop the spread of the deadly SARS virus can do the same today. Apparently the sky is not the limit when it comes to disinfecting with AHP!

Insightfully Yours,

Mikeisha

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