Disinfecting After Coronavirus Exposure
Disinfecting After Coronavirus Exposure
The headlines today are filled with Coronavirus COVID-19. It’s reported on in every newscast and all over social media. It is ubiquitous. Whether you’ve come in contact with the virus itself or not, you cannot escape hearing or reading about it unless you separate yourself from society completely, not just physically, but also electronically and cut yourself off from all new sources.
Fortuitously, this will also protect you from getting exposed to the virus until the threat has passed. Perhaps the first instance of burying your head in the sand that actually works.
The result of this ubiquitous discussion about COVID-19 is that there is a wide variety of perspectives being promulgated. Some from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), some that are individual’s or organization’s speculation, and it seems everything in between. Getting different perspectives and additional information is a good thing, and we have some additional information in this article that is intended to address the question of disinfection.
COVID-19 is not invincible. There are disinfectants that are believed to be effective against SARS CoV-2 which has been determined to be the cause of COVID-19. It’s important to observe that this is a new virus and all research is still preliminary. Even the experts are still learning every day about this virus. More on that below. The reason these disinfectants are believed to be effected against COVID-19 is because they have proven effective against similar viruses.
The EPA has released a list of disinfectants that they believe should be effective in eliminating the virus from your home, automobile, or place of business to some degree. Each disinfectant has its own properties and they each have a different amount of time they require to be effective against the virus. So that is a consideration and a challenge with disinfection. Additionally, if your home or business has been exposed to the virus, you are susceptible to infection while doing the disinfecting process.
Construemax, Your Decontamination Experts
Construemax is in the business of cleaning toxic environments. In business for over a decade, we specialize in mitigation after a disaster. After flooding in your home, because of a broken water pipe, a leaking roof, a sewer backup, your home needs to be cleaned immediately to prevent the growth of mold, which can be toxic, and to clean up bacteria and all sorts of contaminants that come from these events. We are your mitigation and cleanup experts.
We have been helping home and business owners for years decontaminate against these microscopic threats and are prepared to do the same with this SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Construemax cleanup teams come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from any and all contaminants. This PPE includes eye protection, masks, gloves, and sometimes fully protective clothing like you see some of the medical teams wearing. Of course, they do this because they don’t want to get sick. But they also don’t want to be carriers to others.
All of these safety measures will be used when cleaning up your home or business that may be infected with COVID-19.
In biology, taxonomy is the science of naming, defining and classifying groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics.
Not New, Yet Still Novel
Coronavirus is a Genus with several identified species. Its not a new thing. It was first identified in the 1960’s as a virus responsible for respiratory infections. SARS was identified as an epidemic in 2002. This new strain of Coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2. The original SARS was also a fast-moving virus, infecting people at a quick pace and reached twelve countries. COVID-19 has, in the same amount of time infected, and killed significantly more people. This strain has been reported in every country in the world. It is a new strain, hence the term ‘novel’.
The fact that Coronavirus is not new means that we start out with some knowledge about what might be effective to handle it, both in treating the disease and in disinfecting against it. It has been reported that there are effective methods for protecting yourself beyond social distancing, to include washing your hands and cleaning hard surfaces often.
This is a pandemic. It is global, and it needs to be addressed. But we will get through it and be stronger on the other side. In the meantime, Construemax is here to help you if you need us to apply a disinfectant to your home, business, school, church, or other building that may have been exposed to the current threat of COVID-19
Big Deal/No Big Deal
To some people, this pandemic is no big deal. It is perceived as overblown and that the world is overreacting. It is an understandable perception when looking at the data. By the same token, looking at the very same data, it is alarming what it shows. By virtue of being a pandemic, it’s clear that it is at the same time a ‘big deal’.
One thing that makes COVID-19 alarming is the rate at which it has spread; initially in China, but then at an even faster pace outside of China. The deaths from the disease get a lot of attention and cause quite a bit of concern from those who get infected. The good news is that vastly more people are recovering from it then are dying from it. The initial estimates of mortality were much higher than the numbers have since shown.
While washing hands and using hand sanitizer is always a good idea. How big of a deal it is – is up to you. It’s a personal evaluation, but regardless, it has dramatically affected all of our lives.
If you need our decontamination services for your home, business, school, or church, Relax, Trust Construemax