Across the nation and the world as a whole, coronavirus is the top headline as everyone tries to comprehend the situation.
Experts are saying the virus seems to be hardest on the elderly and health-compromised populations, while children and young people are not affected as seriously. However, it is important we all do our part to help stop the spread of this illness.
Because the situation is changing rapidly, it is important to continue referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date information related to the response; For internal news and information, SERVPRO headquarters will continue to update their Franchises through a Coronavirus Resource Page as more guidelines become available. Intensive research is being done, and SERVPRO will pass that information along as they receive updates to their franchise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and spread to dozens of countries throughout the world.
Franchise Bioremediation/Cleaning Related to Coronavirus
As the disease continues to spread, it is very possible you may be contacting SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County regarding COVID-19 or supporting/cleaning where COVID-19 is suspected. It is imperative that if SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County is engaging in or considering work involving COVID-19 they will first contact SERVPRO Headquarters prior to accepting the job. SERVPRO Headquarters will provide support to safely perform work that involves COVID-19. Any work performed involving CODVID-19 will also be supported by a protocol/scope provided by the applicable local/state/federal health agency.
The following information is provided regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectant use for COVID-19:
Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. The CDC is recommending a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.
SERVPRO does offer a product that meets the CDC requirements for cleaning similar viruses and pathogens.
Most importantly all SERVPRO teammates will, maintain extra vigilant personal hygiene and safety precautions. As always, it is important to follow these best practices:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you have a fever or present a risk of spreading illness to others.
- Maintain a proper social distance between people (3 feet).
Shaking hands and other forms of social greeting that creates contact with other people is discouraged during this period.
If you are in need of Bioremediation/Cleaning services call SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County at 847-516-1600.