What once started as a possible hoax is now something no one can deny. COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and, unfortunately, the United States is now the worst-hit nation on Earth for the virus. There are more infections and more deaths here than any other country.
The reason this virus presents a higher risk to people than the flu is that it is a novel virus. People have never encountered this virus before, and so we have no immunity to it. While for younger people, the virus results typically in only severe, flu-like symptoms, older people, especially those with existing respiratory conditions, are at much higher risk of severe infection and even death.
Sanitary Environments Are The Safest Ones
Because of the high risk of infection COVID-19 currently presents, extreme measures like business lockdowns and shelter-in-place guidance are being advised by governments. All of this is done to minimize contact with the infected and not overwhelm intensive care units in medical facilities. Ventilators, the medical equipment designed to fight extreme respiratory conditions, are limited in availability, so too many patients coming requiring ventilator life support would mean some people will have to do without.
This is why reducing exposure to possible infection is essential. One of the best ways to ensure this is to remain in a safe environment. A home, for example, where no one has ever been infected should be a secure location, unless someone infected enters. Then the equation changes considerably.
COVID-19, like many illnesses, remains active in water particles. This means that if someone infected can transmit the virus not just through direct physical contact, but secondary transmission through water particles. Saliva, tears, sweat, and even a runny nose can all be potential delivery systems for COVID-19.
This means that if someone sneezes in an area, sweats and touches objects, coughs, or cries, the contagion is now on other objects in that environment. Without proper cleaning, the virus can linger on different materials for hours or even days. However, without adequate protection, even the act of cleaning runs the risk of infection.
Leave It To The Professionals
A professional biohazard clean up team goes above and beyond the typical cleaning process of mops, retail disinfectants, and a little elbow grease. Biohazard clean up groups have experience dealing with highly toxic environments, from chemical spills to crime scenes with excess biological material, like the blood that may be highly contagious.
With an experienced biohazard clean up team, these areas are not only rendered safe; they are done so safely. The cleanup crew uses commercial and industrial-grade cleaning equipment and formulas. More importantly, however, they know how to enter a contaminated environment without exposing others to the contagion, clean it, and remove all evidence of their presence without ever-increasing the health risk to others.
For areas that may have already been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or even just to be sure an environment is biologically safe, we can help. Contact Blackhill Restoration for your biohazard clean up needs, or even your fire or flood restoration.