Recently, a new strain of the coronavirus has been in the news, COVID-19. What is COVID-19? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The disease has spread globally since 2019, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, mucus, and sore throat are some of the less common symptoms. While the majority of the cases result in mild symptoms, some do progress to pneumonia and more serious illness. The fatality rate is estimated at between 1% and 5% but varies by age and other health conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
This infection, as with other infections, is spread from one person to others through respiratory droplets, often produced during coughing. Once a person has been exposed to COVID-19, the onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days, with an average of 5 days.
SERVPRO of Bent Tree encourages everyone to protect themselves and others by taking steps such as are suggested here by the CDC. The CDC recommends that people:
- Washing hands often with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Seek medical attention if one becomes sick, then self-quarantine until recovery.
- Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or use the inside of the elbow.
- Wear a facemask if one becomes sick.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
What can families do to protect their homes and prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases?
Implementing a consistent path of prevention helps keep a household safe. Washing hands with real soap for at least 20 seconds is a top priority. Quarantining sick family members can contain the illness. Avoid eating or drinking after each other. Use the dishwasher or disposable cups and plates. Caregivers would do well to wear disposable gloves when taking care of sick family members. These measures are very basic, yet they go a long way to keep the family healthy and happy.
When is it time to call in a professional cleaning service to clean, disinfect, and sanitize a home?
Seek advice and assistance from a highly trained, well-informed, and experienced cleaning professional to answer this question. It may be that the danger of re-infection is absent or very low. A competent cleaning professional can provide prevention strategies for a family, as well as a business, school, daycare, or church. People recognize SERVPRO as the industry standard for water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and disaster recovery. The SERVPRO team also specializes in commercial and residential cleaning at a level that exceeds other cleaning services. Using advanced cleaning tools, technologies, and techniques, the SERVPRO professionals clean to the deepest level. They follow CDC guidelines and use only safe, hospital-grade cleaning solutions that wipe out germs and bacteria.
When SERVPRO comes into a home for a deep clean to address germs and infection, they offer a whole-house solution that includes disinfecting all floors and flat surfaces. Cleaning air ducts, the HVAC system, and blinds remove dust and mites that can cause or worsen a reaction. COVID-19 causes inflammation in the entirety of the lungs. Removing dust reduces exposure to particles that cause or exacerbate inflammation. SERVPRO can clean drapes, upholstery, and carpet where dust, dirt, and germs hide.
Also, when sickness has affected multiple family members in a home, sometimes a professional response is called for. Removing pathogens such as COVID-19 and allergens such as dust might be just what is needed for everyone to get better.
SERVPRO can make any home look, smell, and feel clean and fresh while also making it a sanitary and safe environment. Most people think of a flooded basement, a sewage spill, a fire, or disaster recovery when they think of SERVPRO. However, the professionals at SERVPRO have been providing deep cleaning and regular maintenance for businesses, schools, daycares, nursing homes, churches, and homes for decades. They are the pros who know how to serve.
When a SERVPRO team leaves a site, whether it is a commercial building, a school, a daycare, or a residence, the client can rest assured that their home, school, or business is clean, disinfected, and sanitary. SERVPRO professionals have received advanced training in restorations, cleanups, and cleaning maintenance.
For more information about cleaning services in Bent Tree, TX, call SERVPRO of Bent Tree at (972) 386-3808.