Coronavirus Diseases 2019, or COVID-19, is spreading at an alarming rate around the globe and it has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In such a serious situation, nonpharmaceutical intervention is considered to be the best response strategy against the pandemic. This type of intervention consists of infection control as well as home care for those infected with COVID-19.
Controlling the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 spreads when someone is exposed to coronavirus droplets that have become aerosolized, which is when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The secondary exposure happens when surfaces and objects are contaminated with the COVID-19 particles.
We need to follow these simple, voluntary infection control measures:
- Individuals who are sick should stay at home
- People should cover their mouth with the crook of their elbow when coughing or sneezing
- People should wash their hands frequently
In addition to these voluntary approaches to controlling the spread of coronavirus, many federal, state, and local governments have cancelled all activities where several people come in close proximity, such as sporting events, schools, colleges, and so on.
Role of Biohazard Cleanup Professionals
Biohazard cleanup professionals have an important role to play during this global crisis as they need to properly clean all touch points in an area and apply a disinfectant to lower the risk of exposure caused by secondary transmission.
Cleaning touch points is of greater significance since corona virus is able to remain viable on nonporous surfaces for as much as nine days, compared to the usual influenza virus that remains viable for one to three days.
Disaster restoration experts can also assist eldercare and medical facilities in creating temporary isolation or quarantine spaces, known as negative pressure zones, in different areas and rooms. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuums and air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters can be used for removing aerosolized particles of COVID-19 and help in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
We’re going through some very difficult times, but it’ll be possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus by taking steps such as avoiding mass gatherings, staying at home as much as possible, covering your mouth while sneezing or coughing, and washing your hands with soap or hand sanitizer on a regular basis.
If you have any doubts or questions about the coronavirus or how to prevent it from spreading in your neighborhood in Media, PA, then contact us at (610) 626-9002 and biohazard cleanup experts at ServiceMaster by ARTec will provide you with all the answers you need to help you stay safe.