The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, continues to be a serious concern across the country and around the world. Taking appropriate preventative measures against the virus is critical to containment. Reducing the spread is also necessary to keeping our medical facilities from becoming overburdened with too many cases and not enough space, equipment or staff to provide adequate care.
Coronavirus decontamination is one important method in the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended actions. United Water Restoration Group is committed to doing our part to fight this disease. That is why we offer decontamination services for homes, businesses, schools and care facilities. It is our way of lending our expertise and experience to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. It is highly contagious due to the nature of transmission. An individual who is asymptomatic is still contagious. This includes those who eventually develop symptoms as well as those who never do or whose symptoms are so mild that they might not know they have the virus. Some of the most prevalent symptoms people experience include:
These symptoms are common to a number of other respiratory and viral illnesses. Professional disinfection services protect the people in homes, at work and in care facilities from any of these illnesses. Doing so further relieves the burden on the health care industry.
The primary means of spread is through the air. When people who are infected with the virus talk, sing, exercise, cough or sneeze, they shed the coronavirus in respiratory droplets. These droplets can travel up to approximately six feet, sometimes more, and can remain airborne for several hours. The first line of defense is to follow CDC protocols to avoid contact with airborne droplets: establish a distance of at least six feet between you and others, wear a mask and cover coughs and sneezes.
The virus is spread less frequently through contact with surfaces and objects. It is important, however, to keep these surfaces clean and to conduct regular coronavirus decontamination to prevent the accumulation of the virus on surfaces and objects in common areas. It is through these best practices that you can help keep the contagion low when you have multiple people sharing a space. SARS-CoV-2 can last anywhere from hours to days on surfaces, depending on the material it is made from.
There are more shared spaces in our environments than there are individualized areas. Out in the community, numerous people regularly cross paths and touch the same surfaces in retail and grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and banks. Schools and universities are also high-traffic areas, as are offices, factories and other workplaces. Even the home environment is vulnerable to surface contamination.
If someone has been ill in any of these places, getting professional disinfection services is vital to ensuring others who share the space do not become infected. Reliable disinfectant companies use chemicals that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and follow procedures that provide thorough coverage. United Water Restoration Group only uses products that have been identified and registered by the EPA. We remain up to date on the latest information on combating the coronavirus so that we can provide you the best services and products available.
When the virus first began rearing its head in countries around the world, the evidence suggested that younger people were not susceptible to the disease. Now, however, we know that this is not the case. No age group is immune. Healthy children are contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. Some of these children display symptoms and may become seriously ill, but many of them are asymptomatic or only become mildly ill. However, they are still contagious, which places others within their environments at risk.
College students are now catching the disease at increasingly high rates. This age group often does not follow the safety protocols for social distancing and mask wearing. They frequently congregate in groups and in crowded spaces. With the opening up of universities, infection rates in college towns and on campuses skyrocketed, despite guidelines established on campus grounds.
Regular disinfection is crucial in these environments and should be done regularly. Since buildings are typically not occupied over the weekends, setting up a schedule for services is generally straightforward. Classrooms, lunchrooms and dining halls, restrooms, gyms and libraries are all examples of areas that require regular cleaning and disinfecting due to the volume of traffic in each.
Now that the economy has opened again, at least to some degree, the last thing any of us wants is to create the circumstances that require another shutdown. Keeping employees and the public safe in the places they work and do business is necessary for keeping the doors open. With a little bit of effort, consistency and vigilance, it can be done.
For businesses that do not remain open overnight, we recommend scheduling disinfection services during the hours your company is closed. For those that remain open 24/7, a different approach may be necessary. However, once our disinfecting and cleaning process is complete, the treated area is ready for use in about an hour.
Regardless of how your business is structured, we work with you to develop a plan for coronavirus decontamination that works for your company. Our goal at United Water Restoration Group is to make it easy for you to create a safe environment, no matter how small or large your business is.
Care facilities can be an especially vulnerable environment, as the individuals they serve are frequently particularly at risk for severe cases of COVID-19. Maintaining a consistent schedule for cleaning and decontamination reduces the potential for the virus to take hold and infect a large percentage of the residents within these facilities.
At United Water Restoration Group, we understand how important it is to protect vulnerable populations. We are committed to developing a plan tailored to your particular facility and the people you serve. We recommend regular treatment of high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. Our technicians are highly trained and complete their jobs efficiently and effectively. The areas we disinfect can be occupied an hour after we complete our work.
Your family’s safety is top priority. When we are in your home, it is our top priority as well. The home should be a refuge from the virus, but it is still an area where there is risk for contamination. Anytime someone leaves the house, there is the potential that they bring the coronavirus back with them when they return, even if they followed social distancing, mask wearing and handwashing protocols. If you have visitors, the risk is further increased.
Let United Water Restoration Group give you peace of mind. Our thorough and efficient process safeguards your home in the space of time it takes for you to run a couple of errands. Larger homes may require you to spend a little more time away so that we are able to get the job done right. An hour after we finish our work, you can return home, resting easy in the knowledge that you and your family are in a germ-free environment.
Currently, no antimicrobial exists that has been EPA tested for effectiveness in killing SARS-CoV-2. However, the agency has established a list of approved products that were developed for viruses similar to the coronavirus. United Water Restoration Group uses only the most powerful professional-grade disinfectants recommended by the EPA.
The first step in our process is to use an antimicrobial fogging machine to treat an entire area with a professional grade, EPA-approved disinfectant.
Once this process is complete, we follow up with a thorough cleaning of the surfaces that are most frequently touched, including:
When our technicians clean these surfaces, they use an EPA-approved broad-spectrum disinfectant. These products offer protection from a wide range of pathogens. The areas we treat are safe to occupy an hour after we’ve finished cleaning them!
At United Water Restoration Group, safety is of utmost concern. All of our technicians are provided personal protection equipment, such as masks as gloves, as recommended by the CDC. Waste is handled with care and properly disposed.
As a company, we make sure that we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We remain informed on the science and best practices provided by the CDC. In addition, we follow all of the guidelines established by both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
United Water Restoration Group is here to help you maintain a safe environment, whether it is a school, business, care facility or home. Do not take chances with your health, contact us at (800)-430-5838. If you have reason to believe you are in a contaminated space, it is important you get immediate assistance.