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A Bacterially Safe Environment Is More Important Than Ever
Most Americans are taught from an early age some variation of the truism “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” However, in 2020, America and the entire world learned that cleanliness could sometimes also mean the difference between living everyday life and enduring lockdowns of varying degrees of severity depending on how bad infection rates are.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic, but unfortunately, the United States is a hotspot. No part of the country, including Southeastern Wisconsin, is guaranteed to be safe against the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is a “mixed blessing” in that it only has a 1% fatality rate but is extremely contagious and can be crippling for months or years after infection.
Contact & Airborne Transmission
COVID-19 is transmitted through two primary methods, contact and airborne infection. In both cases, water droplets are the culprit. Larger, heavier water droplets are responsible for contact transmission. This means that sweat, sneezing, or other body fluid excretions can either make direct physical contact with another person or be left a residue on an object that another person then touches.
The other method is to breathe in moisture particles directly. While heavier water droplets fall to the ground, lighter particles can remain free-floating in the air. If a person breathes in these particles, this results in the same infection as if a person touched an infected object then touched their eyes, nose, or mouth and transferred the virus internally.
Sanitation Is Key
This means that any environment can potentially house the COVID-19 contagion as well as other more conventional threats, such as mold spores. For areas where someone that may have been infected has spent some time, this means any object that’s been touched or interacted with, from bed sheets to television remote controls, may still carry the virus.
The virus can remain viable for transmission for hours or even days after an infected person has interacted with the environment. Unfortunately, due to the virus’s airborne nature, this also means that even being in a different room from an infected person may not prevent infection if a standard HVAC ventilation system is used.
Get Professional Disinfection and Cleaning Services
Retail products, such as hand sanitizers and cleaning agents are available to the general public to help mitigate the possibility of viral transmission. However, for the best results, especially in areas where an infected person may have spent considerable time, professional decontamination procedures are the only way to guarantee that everyone is safe from possible contagion exposure.
It’s not just a matter of thoroughly cleaning exposed surfaces with disinfectant. Proper decontamination takes into account every aspect, including ventilation and industrial-grade cleaning and sanitizing agents. If you want an area professionally decontaminated, we can help here in the Milwaukee area.
Emergency Restoration Specialists, Inc. has over 30 years of experience helping with emergencies, including cleaning and decontamination. Contact us for a prompt, professional response. We can assess your situation, look at what you need for maximum health and safety and ensure the proper protocols are followed so everyone can be safe from contagion.