Clean up procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non porous surfaces, disinfection of non porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for clean up processes, and disposal of waste.
The CDC recommends the use of a labeled Hospital Grade EPA Registered Broad Spectrum Disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to the COVID-19.
White’s Fire Smoke and Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration utilize a wide variety of broad spectrum disinfectants that are all “Hospital Grade” as well as EPA Registered Disinfectants specific to the material being sanitized. These disinfectants have proven to be effective against viruses similar to the COVID-19 in relation to non porus materials. Currently there are NO SPECIFIC disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However per the Center for Disease Control(CDC) the products White’s Cleaning and Restoration utilize to clean and sanitize the structure and its contents can be used against COVID-19. In addition porus materials such as Carpets, Rugs, Upholstered Items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can be treated with these EPA Registered Disinfectants.
Call White’s Fire Smoke and Water Damage Restoration should your home or business need specialized proven Cleaning and Sanitization services. White’s Fire Smoke and Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration can help break the chain in the infection cycle by providing an in-depth sanitization process to help protect your employees, or family members!
The White’s Fire Smoke and Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration team can perform a pro-active cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and sanitization where the customer states that there are NO ACTIVE known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that Cleaning and Sanitization will ONLY APPLY to the CURRENT STATE OF THE STRUCTURE AND ITS CONTENTS. The structure WOULD NOT BE PROTECTED FROM FUTURE COVID-19 contamination of an infected person was to enter or occupy the building.
COVID-19 Now a Pandemic
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)external icon.
This is the first pandemic known to be caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus. In the past century, there have been four pandemics caused by the emergence of novel influenza viruses. As a result, most research and guidance around pandemics is specific to influenza, but the same premises can be applied to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemics of respiratory disease follow a certain progression outlined in a “Pandemic Intervals Framework.” Pandemics begin with an investigation phase, followed by recognition, initiation, and acceleration phases. The peak of illnesses occurs at the end of the acceleration phase, which is followed by a deceleration phase, during which there is a decrease in illnesses. Different countries can be in different phases of the pandemic at any point in time and different parts of the same country can also be in different phases of a pandemic.
What May Happen
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus.
Widespread transmission of COVID-19 could translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions will be the most important response strategy to try to delay the spread of the virus and reduce the impact of disease. (Cleaning and Sanitization)