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The World Health Organization and U.S. health officials say that the new coronavirus strain, COVID-19, is highly contagious, and it’s likely that the global spread was accelerated through transmission between people who didn’t yet show obvious symptoms.1
Coronavirus spreads mainly through person-to-person contact, such as droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. The exact incubation period is unknown, but is believed to be between 7 and 21 days, and the CDC recommends isolation and quarantine for 14 days for those who may have been exposed.2,3
It has been documented that coronavirus can live on surfaces such as door handles, tables, etc. for as long as 9 days, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection in February 2020.4
Austin Bio Clean has two protocols to apply the appropriate disinfection based on the size of the area to be decontaminated and the contents inside the area that have been exposed. In both cases the surface areas MUST be cleaned to reduce soil and then decontaminate is applied.
All hard surface touchpoints must first be cleaned with a firm wipe down using a hospital-grade disinfectant called Shockwave. The wipe down will be followed by the application of the hospital-grade disinfectant in a manner that allows for it to stay wet for 7-10 minutes to inactivate the virus.
Austin Bio Clean uses hospital-grade disinfectants registered by the EPA which are listed on the EPA’s published N-List of Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2
Austin Bio Clean’s hospital-grade disinfectant machine commonly used in hospitals and healthcare settings across the world is not typically owned by most cleaning companies. HaloMist produces a dry fog by ionizing a Peroxide concentration and Silver based disinfectant, which will decontaminate the entire space and it’s contents. Halomist is safe for sensitive environments. The second and accompanying method is the application of a hospital-grade cleaning disinfectant that is sprayed or wiped on high touch areas requiring cleaning.
It is important to understand that it is often impractical, unfeasible or cost-prohibitive to disinfect every hard surface in a large office or residential building, many of which have hundreds of thousands of square feet of space but in some cases, it may be necessary and we are prepared to cover every square foot affected.
When there is a known or suspected coronavirus contamination, we focus on applying disinfection on high-touch areas and heavily-trafficked common areas that are generally at 6 feet of height and lower, including:
Austin Bio Clean’s highly trained professional Biohazard Technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE) that exceeds the CDC’s recommendations for the PPE that healthcare workers should wear when treating patients with known or suspected cases of COVID-19. 8
Our PPE standards are:
Our procedures for cleaning the impacted areas will include, at a minimum:
Austin Bio Clean will respond to requests for disinfecting services on a “first come, first served” basis, and we reserve the right to prioritize calls at our sole discretion based on the needs of Critical Infrastructure requests.
We anticipate a surge in demand for services in the coming weeks, and cannot guarantee that we will have the staffing power and available equipment to service every inquiry. It is important to understand that some situations may only need a couple of hours of disinfecting work, while others may require much more substantial cleaning across a larger footprint of space. Call us today for more details, we are available 24/7.
Possibly, but do you really want to depend on your janitorial service to clean and disinfect for COVID-19 or trust the experts that are experienced in infectious disease cleaning and disinfection? Do you want to “clean” to make people feel good or actually mitigate the risk and clean properly? Janitorial may be an option if you have complete faith in their cleaning procedures and whether they can properly treat all potential touch points in your building and wear the proper PPE and will accept the risks associated with exposure. Are you willing to accept the legal risk of it being done improperly due to a lack of experience? It is important that anyone performing disinfecting services understands and follows the recommendations from the CDC and other officials about which disinfecting agents to use, proper protocols to avoid cross-contamination and inactivate the virus, and proper PPE which may be difficult to acquire. Austin Bio Clean is well supplied with appropriate POE levels to service our clients.
Property managers should obtain and read the safety data sheet of the disinfecting agent being used, and be sure their janitorial service is following the exact instructions for application and “dwell time” recommended by the manufacturer and pre clean surfaces or it will not be effective.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines dwell time “the amount of time that a sanitizer or disinfectant must be in contact with the surface, and remain wet, in order to achieve the product’s advertised kill rate.”