Is there a risk?
Recently the novel (new) coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China has come to the attention of the media. As of this writing the CDC is monitoring the situation closely but states there is a low level of risk for US residents. Several cases have been reported in the US, but the Chinese government and the CDC in the US is doing what it can to contain the virus. We thought we would relay some information on how to not contract a virus because it is in the public eye.
It is basically the common cold, but it can cause fatal side effects. I am not a doctor so I cannot explain how the virus works. I am good at cleaning and making building safe after sewage or mold has gotten in. The technical way to say “the common cold” is “the human corona virus,” and in theory the protocols we use could be used to combating this new strain.
2019-nCov (as it is called technically) spreads through droplets in the air which can settle on people or things. Coughing or sneezing propels these droplets into the air. Once they settle on objects (or people) the virus can stay alive for some time dry. It has been transmitted by air and could be by touch.
Currently the CDC is saying there is little risk but some basic knowledge on how to kill or prevent it is helpful.
5 things to help keep from getting Coronavirus
- Don’t Panic. There have been cases reported in the United States but only 11 confirmed and they are in California, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts and Illinois. Worry and stress weaken your immune system per several studies. Ironically the more worried you are about getting sick, the more likely you are to get sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Any soap, as long as your hands end up clean, special anti-bacterial soap won’t make any kind of difference with a virus.
- Do not rely on hand sanitizer to kill viruses on your hands. Use of alcohol based hand sanitizer won’t kill this virus, but it can help with other things. This won’t keep one from catching Corona Virus as well as simple hand washing.
- If a coworker is sick encourage them to stay home and take care of themselves. Common courtesy dictates that one not go charging around spreading illness. If they have a minor illness, such as a cold, insisting they wear a surgical type mask can go a long way in keeping it from running around the office. Here at Fast Help company policy therefore forbids someone from coming to work sick.
- Keep your work space and home clean. One can use any disinfectant that kills viruses. Bleach works, but so do many other, less toxic things. When decontaminating a building we use either hydrogen peroxide (25%) or Puregreen 24. Hydrogen peroxide 3% works very well for sanitizing things and leaves no residue other than water, but avoid using it on electronics because it will oxidize any metals it contacts. Any disinfectant should list viruses and bacteria it kills, Human Corona virus is the one to look for. Human Corona virus is the common cold, but they are the same type.
What to do if it gets worse
As I noted on point number 1. there is no need to panic because it will only make things worse. The CDC is taking steps to prevent further infection in the United States. You taking steps to protect yourself decreases the likelihood of infection no matter how bad it gets. Balanced diet, vitamins and anything else to make yourself more resilient to illness is all you can do for now. If the infection gets out of control an additional step would help.
Use of surgical or other n99 masks can keep one from getting infected. Also if someone needs to work and they have a cough these masks greatly mitigate the spread. Using disposable gloves (Latex or nitrile) when handling anything that could be contaminated could greatly help. trash cans and tissue boxes are obvious ones but things like communal printers or water coolers are less obvious points. The less you touch things others touch the better off you will be. We will wear full hazmat gear at times when we are decontaminating a building, but this shouldn’t be needed for this virus. A respirator and gloves should be plenty for this one when you are dealing with contaminated things.
The main thing to realize with this one that it does not have a very high fatality rate. This virus might do damage worldwide however even if you get it the odds are in your favor of survival. Stressing and worrying is the absolute worst thing you can do.
Keeping You Safe & Making Recovery a Little Easier
Keeping health risks out of your home is also important. Mold, sewage and other water related events can affect the residents’ health so it is important to get these handled as soon as they happen. Our cleanup methods are very effective at killing viruses, bacteria and mold.
Our whole team is trained and equipped to handle whatever contaminates get into your home or business. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We can help you prevent, mitigate, and restore your home or business when it comes to water damage and mold issues. Contact us today for a free estimate.