Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), otherwise known as COVID-19, is the particular strain of coronavirus that has caused a global pandemic. Because it is a highly contagious virus, schools have been closed, universities have sent their students home, and businesses have shut down in order to limit the amount of contact people have with each other. But it’s almost impossible to not interact with other people or to run important errands such as to the grocery store or pharmacy. Now more than ever it is vital to disinfect and clean high traffic areas in your home and office, and to disinfect clothes or items that may have come in contact with a sick person. At Home Care Contractors we too are also dealing with this virus, not just as a business, but as people. This is a novel coronavirus that nobody has immunity to because it has never been exposed to the human race before. So, we understand how anxious many of our clients feel right now, which is why we’re happy to provide a service to protect you, your loved ones and your clients.
Home Care Contractors provides professional coronavirus (COVID-19) cleaning and remediation services to mitigate infection or your business or home. Call us now at 206-688–8605 if you need cleaning and disinfection services in Seattle
How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?
There are a number of factors that determine whether or not a virus remains active on a surface. Scientists from UCLA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Princeton University discovered that the virus can remain detectable for up to three hours in an aerosol form. This means that for about three hours after heavy coughing or sneezing the particles can remain active in the air. It’s important to keep sick individuals away from healthy individuals so that the latter don’t breathe in any of the virus particles. However, this is not the same as a virus being considered airborne.
Scientists have also discovered that the virus can remain detectable for up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two or three days on stainless steel and plastic.
That’s why we take cleaning and sanitation for our Seattle customers very seriously. The virus is able to be transported easily from one place to another on someone’s hand, clothing, briefcase or even groceries. Our team at Home Care Contractors has implemented newer, stringent disinfection processes before and after servicing each client so we can prevent the spread of the virus.
Any of us can become susceptible to the disease, and the reality of the situation has brought about a new level of empathy and cooperation in communities all over the world. Nobody is immune to this illness, and nobody wants it. You have our promise that we will thoroughly clean our own materials before coming to provide services to you. Additionally, we vow to be thorough and to use proven disinfection solutions in every corner and every fiber of your space. We like to think of ourselves as leaders in the industry, and now more than ever we are needed and happy to provide our customers in the community the level of care and detail we’d have when disinfecting our own homes or offices.
Can A Person Catch Coronavirus By Touching A Surface?
Yes. In fact, that is believed to be one of the ways in which people are getting infected by COVID-19. The virus remains active on high touch areas such as subways, buses, escalator handrails or stair handrails, door handles and many other frequently touched places. Whenever an infected person sneezes or coughs into their hand, a high volume of viruses can remain on their hair and skin until they bathe or wash their hands.
Studies On The Rapid Spread of Respiratory Viruses Via Surfaces
A study was published in 2018 by scientists in the PANDHUB consortium in Finland. They were from a variety of institutions including the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham, National Institute for Health and Welfare and the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences at University of Eastern Finland. They tested adenovirus, strains of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus rhinovirus and coronaviruses to see how well they could be spread while on surfaces with high touch rates. Their concern was that a pandemic could result if viruses stayed alive and active on surfaces in airports, which have many surfaces that thousands of people can touch in a single day.
Swabs from surface samples were collected weekly at three different time points during the peak season of influenza from 2015 to 2016. Scientists also collected air samples. Samples from buttons on the payment keypad in the pharmacy, plastic trays used at security checkpoints, and stair handrails tested positive for coronavirus, with the plastic trays having the most contamination of all viruses and surfaces. Scientists attribute this to the fact that everyone is required to pass through.
Preventing More Than Just Coronavirus
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that COVID-19 is not the only dangerous pathogen out there. While it is certainly the most urgent threat in the world right now, there are still other strains of illnesses that can make a person extremely sick. Thus, general home and office sanitation have reached their highest level of importance. It’s vital that people maintain their health because it is expected that hospitals will be overwhelmed with the number of patients who will need respiratory help due to the coronavirus. Limiting your need to be treated in a hospital or clinic can help you stay out of harm’s way.
Can The Coronavirus Disease Spread Through Food?
There are a number of factors that can affect how long a virus can last on a surface and those factors include her temperature, humidity, and light. The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly advises against eating raw or undercooked animal products and to handle raw meat and dairy with care to avoid contamination with other foods.
There is reason to believe the virus does not spread via food. In the previous Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, there was no evidence that those coronaviruses were spread via food. While there have been no reports of transmission through food, there is still concern over it being spread via raw food of animal origins.
How Does Temperature Affect Coronaviruses?
There is some concern about the fact that coronaviruses remain stable in a frozen state and have been shown to survive for up to two years at -20°C. Thus there are investigations regarding COVID-19 having the same ability. Coronaviruses are thermolabile, which means that they cannot withstand normal cooking temperatures. This is why it is believed that the consumption of raw meat, raw milk or raw animal organs should be avoided
How Does The Coronavirus Disease Spread?
Because it is a respiratory virus, COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets that are sprayed when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even when they are talking next to you. Scientists do not believe that COVID-19 is spread through airborne particles. When a person coughs into their hands, any part of their body or onto any object, millions of tiny viruses are disbursed and scattered onto surfaces that can be touched. If you shake hands with an infected person who has coughed into their hand, then you are risking infection by introducing a large volume of the virus into your system. If you are within six feet of a person who coughs or sneezes, and breathe in any of the viruses as they are distributed in the droplets, then they will travel into your respiratory system and begin to infect healthy cells.
Preventing The Spread
There are many things we are able to do at Home Care Contractors that limit the necessity of meeting in person with our clients. This makes it safe for you and for us to provide the same high-quality work you’d expect normally. We are taking extra precautions as we continue to run our business, and we have made some important decisions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- All employees who can work from home are required to do so while still providing excellent customer care that you’d expect from us during normal times
- We are now providing initial consultations over the phone or via video chat
- We will conduct inspections using drones or satellite technology when possible. These do yield high-quality 4K images that allow us to see what kinds of repairs need to be done
- We are submitting all contracts and receiving payments virtually. You will still receive a contract with details explaining the cost, schedule, materials to be used, and the designs to be executed.
- Employees who are feeling ill must stay home and quarantine themselves for 14 days at least.
Coronavirus Cleaning And Disinfection Services You Can Trust
Trust in others has not been as important in recent years as it is now. It’s hard to track a virus when some people don’t know that they’re carrying it, and that makes it difficult to know how much community spread there is. There is mistrust among neighbors that some will comply with stay-at-home recommendations and others won’t. People don’t trust others in the general public to wash their hands and are having to put their trust in exhausted retail workers to disinfect grocery stores. Trust is a hot-button topic when discussing politics, public authorities and the media. Online you can find countless examples of people dressing up in makeshift hazmat suits just to buy groceries or videos of people being hosed down after a trip to the store. At the root of all of this is fear, and a sincere desire to stay healthy. We know that now more than ever you need disinfection services you can trust.
Here in Seattle, we have been one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. And we at Home Care Contractors, who have been in this community for several years, know how much it means to you to keep yourself, your loved ones and your home safe. There is no room for error in cleaning and disinfection now. All of us at Home Care Contractors are ready to help you fight the spread of the virus and to thoroughly clean your home. You have our promise that we will protect you and your home and that you can trust us during this difficult time.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed a COVID-19 guide for preparing workplaces to operate during the pandemic, including construction sites. OSHA says that these are recommendations and not new legal obligations, nor are they new regulations. Here at Home Care Contractors, we will adopt their recommendations in the advisory so we can provide a safe and healthy workplace. OSHA’s guidelines were developed based on existing scientific evidence on the exposure risk, route of transmission and other known knowledge about coronaviruses.
Supply Issues And Delayed Delivery
One of the potential problems construction and remodeling companies can face right now is an interruption of shipments of items that are needed to complete projects. Delivery has been slowed or canceled for many products throughout the economy.
If there’s to be any delay in your project, we will let you know if there is another product that is equal or superior and help you get the job done. We understand your concerns at this time and will give you a full report on what is available and meets your needs.
Projects May Take Longer
If you are interested in our other contracting services, we will work with you directly. Because we are practicing social distancing and limiting the number of people who need to enter your home or space, some of our standard construction and contracting services may take longer than others. We can respond immediately to cleaning and disinfection requests.