Coronavirus that has been dominating news cycles is leading to a considerable amount of confusion despite the immense volume of information being pushed out to the public. Part of the problem is that the state of affairs associated with coronavirus is changing constantly. With that said, some basic information about coronavirus and its potential impact is vital. This includes:

  • Understanding the basics of coronavirus
  • Knowing what to do if you think someone with coronavirus has been in your home
  • Recognizing the importance of getting professional coronavirus cleanup assistance as needed

What Is Coronavirus?

What many people do not yet understand is that the coronavirus generally is not something new. What is different, what is new is that a unique strain of coronavirus began infecting people in ever-growing numbers in recent weeks. Biologically speaking, the strain of coronavirus currently impacting an ever-growing swath of people is known as COVID-19. It also technically is known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC.

The CDC specifically defines coronavirus:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-1

Older people and individuals with certain types of medical conditions are more vulnerable to a coronavirus infection. What this means is that an older person or an individual with certain types of medical conditions are susceptible to becoming more ill if they contract the virus. In fact, far more often it is people in these cohorts who die from a coronavirus infection.

Coronavirus primarily appears to spread from person to person. With that said, evidence indicates that a person can contract coronavirus from contaminated surfaces. For example, if a person coughs, spray can land on surfaces. If that individual has coronavirus, surfaces can become contaminated. 

At the present time, there is uncertainty about how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces. As a consequence, care must be given to ensuring that potentially contaminated surfaces are deep cleaned and disinfected.

What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone With Coronavirus Was in My Home?

If you suspect someone has been in your home that has coronavirus – or if you know for certain you’ve had a guest with coronavirus – you need to be proactive and vigilant, but you should not panic. You must understand that there are tactics and strategies that you can – must – employ to protect your family from coronavirus. 

The moment you learn that a person with coronavirus may have been in your home, the first step to take is to protect any medically vulnerable people that live in your residence. For example, if you have an older person in your home (a person over the age of 60) or if you have a person in your home with an existing medical condition, make arrangements to temporarily get your loved one to a safer location. 

The next immediate step to take if you suspect a person with coronavirus has been in your home, seriously consider obtaining professional assistance to eliminate the virus from your home. Contact a reputable coronavirus cleaning company to professionally, safely, and thoroughly address such a situation in your residence. 

Professional Coronavirus Cleanup at Your Home

If you or a member of your family has been exposed to a person found to be infected with the coronavirus, or if an individual who ends up diagnosed with coronavirus was in your home, you need to give serious thought to the benefits of engaging a professional coronavirus cleanup company to address the situation. There are a number of specific benefits to be realized by hiring a professional coronavirus cleanup company.

At the top of the list of the advantages of hiring a coronavirus cleaning company is ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones. The stark reality is that if an individual lacks proper personal protective gear and the focused experience necessary to cleanup a biohazard like coronavirus, that person can become infected with this disease in the process. In addition, improper and incomplete cleaning can result in the presence of coronavirus in a residence. 

A skilled, experienced coronavirus cleanup company has access to proper personal protective equipment as well as effective, EPA-certified disinfectant products that are demonstrably effective at killing this virus.  

Because of the extreme uncertainty about where and how coronavirus can survive on surfaces, the cleaning and disinfecting process must be thorough. This includes not only a deep clean or scrubbing of surfaces and objects in a residence, but it demands a truly comprehensive disinfection process. A professional coronavirus cleaning company has the equipment necessary to fully disinfect the premises, including all surfaces and objects contained within a residence.

Author

Emily Kil

Co-Owner of Eco Bear Biohazard Cleaning Company

Together with her husband, Emily Kil is co-owner of Eco Bear, a leading biohazard remediation company in Southern California. An experienced entrepreneur, Emily assisted in founding Eco Bear as a means of combining her business experience with her desire to provide assistance to people facing challenging circumstances. Emily regularly writes about her first-hand experiences providing services like biohazard cleanup, suicide cleanup, crime scene cleanup, unattended death cleanup, and other types of difficult remediations in homes and businesses.