The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is the cause of the disease COVID-19, which has killed many people.
COVID-19 spreads via respiratory secretions in a variety of ways including aerosolised droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, or close contact with someone who has the virus.
Corona viruses belong to a group of enveloped viruses, which means the virion (the form that the virus takes while outside the host cell) is protected by an oily lipid layer. As with most enveloped viruses, damaging or destroying this lipid layer will inactivate the virus. Studies of other corona viruses have shown their infectivity can be reduced by heat, UV light and alkaline or acidic conditions.
There are three simple actions we must all take to keep protecting each other.
To stop accidental infection and reduced the risk of dispersing the virus to others.
In enclosed spaces
Stay apart 1 or 2 metres
There are also a plethora of other do’s and don’ts. All have their place.
With regards to work there is additional UK Government guidance.
By knowing and adhering to the COVID secure guidelines the RISK of transmission can be substantially reduced.
Agronomy and Farming does not operate in the office environment and therefore outdoor meetings represent a significant reduction in risk.
Time on farm is necessary and the work of an Agronomist is mainly solitary. Observations and information can be relayed by phone or computer. Face to face contact is not essential.
It is also easy enough to recognise those considered at high risk and be more careful.
1) Age. The older we are.
2) Health. Underlying medical conditions increase the risk
3) Sex. Males as opposed to females (but the difference appears small.)
Here at Revive Agronomy we try and keep abreast of the science whether Agricultural or not. In so doing we hope to ensure all those we come into contact with stay fit and well with no COVID infections.