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CORONAVIRUS a.k.a. COVID-19 Biohazard

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fogging of unaffected office Fogging of an unaffected office as a precautionary measure. All Biohazards were eliminated.

What is coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 

Coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;

For your health and peace of mind.  Have your home and/or business disinfected.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 847-600-0102. We can take care of your disinfecting needs. 

SERVPRO has a specialty formulated disinfectant that kills H1N1, Influenza B, Hepatitis A, B & C, as well as feline and canine coronavirus, and much, much more. It is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces. It carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating making it safe for everyday use.

The areas of use:

Homes, Daycares, Schools, Laboratories, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Restaurants, Refrigerated Storage Units, Vehicles, Ambulances, Buses, Airplanes, Trains, Boats, Cruise Ships, Gyms, Locker Rooms, Sports Gear, Veterinary Clinics, Carpeting, Fabrics, Natural Stones, Plastics. NSF rated (D2). No rinse required on food contact surfaces at full strength.

The key to this particular virus is “dwell time” or how long does the surface stay “wet”.  This virus has a fatty layer around it and the chemicals need time to get through that layer to kill the virus.  We use an electrostatic fogging system, along with SERVPRO’s specialty formulated disinfectant, which is an effective way to get proper coverage on surfaces. We would come in and electrostatically fog and wipe down the “high touch points”. 

This is an unusual situation, but we do “fog” spaces for clients during the “flu” season on a regular basis, and they have found that it helps cut down the spread of the cold or flu within the office or other public spaces.

There is no “protective shield” that we can apply that will stop this particular virus but with preventative fogging and good cleaning practices, we can all hopefully limit the spread of a potential outbreak.

REMEMBER

  • HANDS Wash them often
  • ELBOW Cough and/or into it - Do not use your hands!
  • FACE Don't touch it
  • SPACE Keep a safe distance - at least 6 ft
  • HOME Stay if you can
  • GUIDELINES-Federal and State Follow them

Source(s): Steve Syreggelas, Antoinette Ryan, and the CDC

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