Since March 2020, COVID-19 has been a part of our lives in the U.S., making everything extremely challenging, especially for businesses as they struggle to survive. As of now, there are around 160,000 new cases each day in the United States with over 250,000 deaths. As it starts to get colder and people spend more time inside, it’s become more important than ever to protect yourself from the dangerous coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Here are the best steps to stay away from COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading.
Understand how it spreads
While scientists are still learning how COVID-19 spreads, we know it’s highly contagious and it appears to be most commonly spread through close contact, mainly through respiratory droplets.
It can also spread through the air, although this is not as common as with close person-to-person contact. But one person may spread it to another by walking into a space where the previous infected person was present.
It can also spread through contaminated surfaces, although this is not as likely. A person may touch a surface or object and become infected by touching their nose, mouth, or eyes.
- Practice social distancing
Close contact seems to be the most common form of transmission, so social distancing is the best way to prevent it from spreading. The CDC recommends maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet away from others in public spaces. The distance will help to avoid direct contact with contaminated droplets from when others cough or sneeze.
Studies have also found outdoor settings to be the safest to distance yourself from another person and the ventilation helps prevent the risk of exposure.
- Wash your hands
Practicing safe hygiene is another important habit to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to take each of the following steps:
- Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public space or when sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
- If you aren’t able to find soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and cover all surfaces and crevices of your hands, rubbing them together until they feel dry
- Especially wash your hands after
- Handling your mask
- Changing a diaper
- Leaving a public place
- Using the restroom
- Caring for someone who is sick
- Touching pets or animals
One should also wash their hands before eating or preparing food. In addition to hand washing, all surfaces, especially high-touch surfaces, should be disinfected regularly, including doorknobs, countertops, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, handles, desks, light switches, and keyboards.
- Wear a Mask
Face masks have become absolutely essential in public spaces and work. The CDC highly recommends this, especially since individuals can be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. Just keep in mind, mask policies do not replace social distancing guidelines.
- Restrict Your Travel
You will greatly increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading it by traveling and inhabiting foreign environments. The CDC recommends cancelling all unnecessary travel, especially to international destinations.
If you must travel, be sure to take all necessary safety measures, drive and don’t fly if possible, and stay updated on all major restrictions in place at your destination. You must adhere to both your destination and home state’s quarantine rules before and after traveling as they will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Watch for Symptoms
The symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
Now that flu season is here, it’s also important to distinguish COVID-19 from the flu. Make sure to get a flu shot as soon as possible. If you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have symptoms, consult your doctor right away to get tested.
There are also virtual care platforms available to meet with a healthcare professional through video conference. Also be sure to avoid contact with others and wear a mask if you need to leave your home.
- Be Prepared
A great way to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak is to create an emergency plan for those living in your home. Meet with each member of your household to discuss everyone’s needs during a possible outbreak.
Share your emergency plan with your neighbors and close members of the community. Social media is a fantastic tool to use for communication regarding your course of action and what you may need. Also, work with your family to create an emergency contact list that includes our family members, law enforcement, health care providers, neighbors, and other community resources.
As mentioned, keeping high-touch surfaces clean and sanitized is incredibly important for preventing the spread of COVID-19. For those living in Azusa, CA and the surrounding areas, ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell is available to provide commercial cleaning and disinfection services for businesses of all sizes. Our hospital-grade, eco-friendly products are designed to eliminate bacteria, pathogens, and viruses to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 and a number of other illnesses.
When arriving to your building, we use perfected cleaning methods to prevent cross contamination, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a clear communication plan to keep everyone updated throughout the service.
ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell is also happy to serve commercial facilities of all types and sizes, including grocery stores, manufacturing facilities, government offices, commercial buildings and offices, warehouses, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and much more.
Our COVID-19 cleaning process also consists of three primary steps:
- Pump-sprayer application. We will spray disinfectant across all horizontal surfaces and high-touch points.
- Manual wiping. Our technicians follow up with wiping high-touch point and general areas to complete the COVID-19 disinfection and cleaning of the facility
- Floor Disinfection. We work our way out of each room, disinfecting the floor before exiting.
Give us a call at (626) 963-4048 for professional disinfection services in the Azusa, CA area. We also provide free estimates.