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The word “coronavirus” continues to trend in the news as COVID-19, the latest name for the Wuhan Coronavirus, approaches pandemic thresholds. We’ve been keeping a close watch on virologists and world health authorities as their safety recommendations and warnings affect our families the same as they do yours.
And as biohazard and disease outbreak decontamination professionals, it’s our job to know exactly how this novel coronavirus works: How it spreads, how long it survives outside its host, and how to clean up an area contaminated by COVID-19.
We wrote about the outbreak on January 23 (see “What Is the Coronavirus?“) and aside from its name and of course the rising infection and death rates, much of the key information we shared then holds true today. But we’re armed with new insights and training, thanks to the biohazard industry’s quick response in developing COVID-19 decontamination protocols.
Does your organization have a coronavirus response plan?
“If there is evidence of a 2019-nCoV outbreak in the U.S., employers should plan to be able to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed.” —Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 2020.
Such plans focus on encouraging potentially ill personnel to stay home or to leave immediately if they’re experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus, flu, or even the common cold.
They also include promoting effective hand washing discipline campaigns through the use of posters and signs and making alcohol-based hand sanitizers available to staff and customers. But these plans must remain fluid and scalable, and take into account realistic expectations of human behavior and hygiene habits.
While little is certain about the virus’ ability to survive outside the human body, health administrators use the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus as a reference. SARS remains viable on hard surfaces for up to six days.
An effective plan includes OSHA and CDC protocols for disinfecting surfaces most likely to come into contact with an infected person: Keyboards, doorknobs, work surfaces, light fixtures, common kitchen areas, for example. Since COVID-19 is also spread through airborne droplets of saliva and sputum, contamination isn’t limited to frequently-touched surfaces.
At present, the WHO and CDC are advising the public to use their usual consumer-grade cleaning solutions and sanitizing techniques, but if there’s been an outbreak on the premises, is routine cleaning enough to protect employees and the public?
How likely is it that employees, visitors, and customers will follow handwashing procedures, or remain diligent with cleaning their workspaces? Are you willing to train employees to address body fluid cleanup and decontamination according to OSHA requirements and employment laws?
In anticipation of a worst-case scenario, you might decide to include a professional biohazard cleanup team as part of your coronavirus outbreak response plan.
How can Bio Recovery protect your staff, clients, and property from COVID-19?
During an outbreak, your organization will be understaffed and overstressed due to illness or personal safety concerns. Routine cleaning of your facility, place of business, or vehicle fleet may suffer when diligence is essential.
How much time, energy, and expense are you willing to funnel into biohazard control and worker safety during a health crisis?
Our outbreak control professionals follow the latest decontamination guidelines
Health officials discourage the use of “overkill” solutions such as chlorine-based cleaners that may cause the coronavirus to mutate into a “superbug”.
At present, the WHO and CDC recommend standard cleaning compounds or the enzyme-based solutions we employ in most biohazard cleanup and sanitation projects. The greater challenge is applying the right steps and techniques for wiping down and sanitizing surfaces so as not to cross-contaminate previously “clean” areas.
On February 7, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) published “Recommendations for RISK ASSESSMENT for the Cleaning and Forensic Restoration Industry in Response to 2019nCoV (Wuhan Coronavirus)”.
This comprehensive action plan, based on up-to-date health official recommendations, outlines the safest and most effective methods for cleaning and disinfecting areas while minimizing the risk of cross-contamination. Our technicians have field experience with these protocols, and we update and review their training as GBAC, CDC, OSHA, and WHO releases new information.
Health officials and labor advocacy groups trust us to certify environmental safety
Health officials may close down or restrict access to your property until it’s been sanitized. Labor organizations pay close attention to work environment safety, especially after an outbreak. Hiring a professional, respected biohazard control company protects your personnel and the public and demonstrates your due diligence and dedication to worker safety.
We’re properly equipped with PPE equipment
Inexpensive surgical masks reduce the risk that you inhale infected airborne body fluids and discourage you from touching your face, but the act of treating coronavirus patients and cleaning contaminated surfaces requires mechanical respirators, eye protection, and protective clothing.
This personal protective equipment (PPE) requires careful donning and doffing techniques for them to be effective. Should you review GBAC’s latest recommendations for PPE use, you’ll understand why news services aren’t being sensational when they show hospital staff and safety workers dressed in full “spacesuits”.
When do private residences require professional coronavirus decontamination?
If hospitals, first responders, and businesses are overwhelmed with sanitary protocols, it’s likely that family members need assistance, too. When a coronavirus patient is hospitalized or in self-monitored quarantine, the rest of the household is at risk until all non-porous surfaces are thoroughly sanitized.
Just as Bio Recovery responds to blood spills and other biohazard threats at private homes, our teams can come in to give your residence a top-to-bottom sanitation treatment.
Our fees are usually covered by homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, and quick and thorough decontamination will prevent future loss of income and out-of-pocket medical expenses caused by the spread of coronavirus among your household.
Bio Recovery takes coronavirus outbreak containment to a new level
In the nearly 2 decades we’ve served municipal, medical, institutional, industrial, and private clients, we’ve developed our own comprehensive checklist that surpasses standards set forth by public health agencies. We continue to adapt our practices as new health risks emerge and evolve.
Contact us today and learn how we can assist you in protecting your family, staff, clients, and their loved ones from this new coronavirus as well as other highly contagious pathogens, including but not limited to H1N1, Norovirus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), EBOLA, MRSA, and hepatitis.
We’re available nationwide 24/7 with customer care specialists waiting to help you determine if coronavirus cleaning services are necessary for you.