COVID-19

Environmental testing for COVID-19: A scientific point of view

It is important at this time to question whether environmental testing for COVID-19 is a suitable approach for detecting the virus in your manufacturing or retail premises. At the start of the spread of COVID-19, FACTS identified suitable testing methods for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Based on scienti...

Virtual events related to Covid-19 & Food Safety

Information overload can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed, specifically trying to keep up with all the COVID-19 related webinars in the Food Industry. We at FACTS have collected and compiled a table with webinars, podcasts and media brief’s relating to COVID-19 we could find and present the...

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is an essential, one of the most important practices in our daily lives. Where health is concerned, it crosses the borders of all industries. We look at hand hygiene practices in the food industry – personnel practices, and which hand-washing solution is the best. And what you dry you...

Myth-buster | ‘Immune boosting’ claims during COVID-19

With a deluge of information constantly circulating due to the current state of flux and confusion secondary to COVID-19, there are a number of ‘immune-boosting’ foods and supplements being marketed. Here, we dispel a few myths we have seen regarding immune function and infection risk relating t...

Effectiveness of and requirements for face-masks

The use of masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has been a controversial topic the world over. The South African National Department of Health has released a position statement on how to use masks. The National Department of Health recommends the use of cloth face masks when in public to prevent ...

Useful disinfectants for SARS-CoV-2

The SARS-CoV-2 virion is made up of three components, namely RNA, proteins and lipids. The structure of the novel coronavirus makes it highly susceptible to cleaning agents such as soap, sanitisers and disinfectants. These cleaning agents inactivate the virus through different mechanisms: soap disru...

COVID-19 on surfaces: what do we know so far?

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, with infection rates rising rapidly worldwide. The virus affects the respiratory system of infected individuals, with symptoms such as coughing, fever and shortness of breath commonly reported. COVID-19 is sp...

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