A mere cough or sneeze is no longer seen as a small and innocuous action — not when the droplets from one’s mouth are known to transmit the novel coronavirus as airborne particles.
And as the nature of the virus in and of itself remains under scrutiny, it has become imperative that one not only combat the potential spread of COVID-19 through frequent disinfection but by understanding how, exactly, the virus is liable to be transmitted.
Understanding the Spread of COVID-19
Some studies indicate that most people experience the highest rate of viral shedding — or, in layman’s terms, are the most contagious — prior to the onset of their symptoms.
This means a person may be transferring viral COVID-19 particles on and around a shared home or office space for up to several days before they even realize they have been infected, thereby putting others at risk.
Moreover, researchers learn more about the transmissibility of these viral particles every day, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently clarifying that there is still “growing evidence that [COVID-19] can remain airborne for longer times and further distances than originally thought.”
COVID-19, Cleaning, and Caution
As it can be difficult to measure just how contaminated a given space is, an abundance of caution paired with regular cleaning protocols makes for the best course of action in terms of safety procedures. Plus, as the coronavirus may remain airborne for up to several hours, this may also include increasing indoor ventilation.
“Taking measures to improve ventilation in an area or room where someone was ill or suspected to be ill with COVID-19 will help shorten the time it takes respiratory droplets to be removed from the air,” as explained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Additionally, the EPA has published its list of approved and recommended disinfectants to use during the COVID-19 outbreak — one need only be mindful of how they use the products.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that one not simply spray disinfectant products, but take care to apply them to surfaces via a cloth or wipe soaked in the product.
Ensuring the Efficacy of Your Cleaning Efforts
Perhaps you’ve scrutinized your home from top to bottom and strategized your plan of attack, armed with gloves, a bucket, and more. Or perhaps you’ve hired a sanitation company to douse your office space in disinfectant, readying the building for the return of your employees.
But one question often remains: Did it work?
If you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your indoor air quality has been optimized and your property has been properly cleaned, then it’s time to contact Discreet Air Quality to perform an indoor air quality assessment!
By using specialty surface and air sampling equipment, we can confirm the efficacy of the cleaning efforts performed by yourself or a remediation company! We may also be of assistance with the development of cleaning protocols. To learn more, call Discreet Air Quality today at (754) 702-7019.