It is April of 2020 and we would be remiss not to produce an
article on the importance of cleaning for health, especially in regard to the
COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. There has been so much information, as well as
misinformation about this virus, from so many sources, it has been difficult
for many of us to feel comfortable with how we should respond.
The worldwide data, as alarming as it has become, is still
insufficient. The scary part of this coronavirus is how it is spread. Many can
have the disease and spread it and have no symptoms. We have watched the rise
of confirmed cases in almost every area of the globe and in all 50 states. The statistics are astounding, with
countries seeing an exponential daily increase of cases. In Italy, the US, UK,
and Iran alone, the average daily increase of new cases was 30% or more during
WHAT IS THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS?
According to the McGill Office for Science
and Society, “We are dealing with viruses. Whether viruses are
alive or not is a long-standing philosophical question, but the bottom
line is that these infectious particles cannot replicate on their own. They
attach to our cells, enter, and release their genetic blueprint. The 'construction workers' inside our own cells use the blueprint to make more
viruses. These newborn viruses burst out of our cells and repeat the process.
There’s a new virus out there and it belongs to a group called
coronaviruses, because the spike proteins at the surface of these viruses look
like a crown, and 'corona' is Latin for crown. Coronaviruses have been around
for a while: in fact, they are responsible for a minority of cases of the
common cold each year.
But, once in a while, a coronavirus that was infecting
animals makes the leap into humans and manages to replicate successfully. It
happened with SARS. It happened again with MERS. And now it’s happening once
more with a virus called SARS-CoV-2, which hit us like a bat out of hell. The
disease it causes is referred to as COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019).”
Since humans have never before been attacked by this
particular virus, we have no internal defense against it. This is
why it is also called a 'novel' virus.
It is possible at this time that certain anti-malarial drugs
may be effective against the Covid-19 virus. The theory is that these drugs
interfere with the ability of the virus to attach to receptors on cells, which
is a prelude to invading the cell and hijacking the cell’s machinery to
replicate. A virus that cannot replicate by itself and has to use a cell's machinery
to do so but cannot enter a cell cannot replicate.
Although more knowledge about how the virus spreads and its
structure, etc., is continually becoming available, it may be more than a year
before there will be drugs or vaccines will be readily available. The only
relief until a vaccine or drug is available will be relief of symptoms.
WHAT WE DO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
The virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and
sneezing. If someone sneezes with it, it takes
about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
surfaces, especially metal, where these droplets land are infectious for many
hours and possibly days.
virus can only infect your lungs.
way for the virus to infect the lungs of a person is through the nose or mouth via hands or
by an infected cough or sneeze onto or
into the nose or mouth.
masks will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose
or mouth. A face mask is only
to keep you from touching your nose or mouth after your hands have touched an infected surface.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO AVOID COVID-19 INFECTION
Because of what we do know about COVID-19, there are actions
we can take to help avoid becoming infected and if we do get sick, what we can
do to take care of ourselves and at the same time not spread the illness. Taking care of ourselves is critical because there is the real threat of the
collapse of our healthcare system which could buckle under the strain of tens
of thousands of patients.
Here are important steps to
Use disinfectant wipes at stores (or ones you bring with
you), especially wiping the handle and child
seat in grocery carts. Click here to see a recipe for making DIY disinfecting wipes.
hands with soap for 20 seconds, no less, especially when returning home from
any location where other
people have been. Two stanzas of Happy Birthday are about the right length of time. Below is an informative video on proper hand washing from Dr. Joseph Schwarcz of the Office of Science and Society at McGill University:
bottle of hand sanitizer at each of your home’s entrances and in your car. Use
at least a 60% alcohol-based hand
sanitizer. (90% is optimal). Use only after touching possible contaminated objects when you
can’t immediately wash your hands. Washing with soap and water is the best deterrent for this
virus. Click here for a recipe for making hand sanitizer.
plenty of water! it is always important for our health and
well being to keep well hydrated.
you have a fever and difficulty breathing, you may only have a cold or the flu.
If you believe you are showing
symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19, please call your primary care doctor before going there. The same
applies to emergency rooms and urgent care centers. They will need to follow special protocols to
meet you upon your arrival.
importantly, practice ‘social distancing.’ Stay at least 6 feet away from
others and isolate yourself if you do become
infected. This is of absolute importance. You will be saving not only the lives of those at
increased risk of being infected, but also others who may need critical healthcare at the same time such
as those with appendicitis, heart attacks, kidney failure, etc.
sanitize as many surfaces as possible regularly since the virus can live on many
surfaces (especially metal) for an unknown amount of time and possibly up to several days.
is necessary for you to bolster your immunity and mental state, especially if
you need to be in quarantine. Sing,
dance, read, connect with others through phone or social media, etc. Do exercise, if possible. Relax in the
sun, if possible. Get plenty of sleep, if possible.
informed by checking information coming from reliable sources only, such as the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHAT NOT TO DO
Do NOT shake
hands! Use a fist or elbow bump or even a slight bow, etc.
Do NOT touch light switches, elevator
buttons, etc., with your hands. Use your knuckle or a tissue.
Do NOT lift a gasoline dispenser with your
hand. Use a paper towel or a disposable glove.
Do NOT open doors by grasping the handle
with your hand (unless absolutely necessary). This is especially important on bathroom and commercial doors.
Do NOT cough or sneeze into your elbow
unless absolutely necessary. The infectious virus can stay on your clothing and may possibly be passed on. (The
virus will be killed on the
clothing with ordinary laundry
WHAT TO HAVE ON HAND
Latex or nitrile disposable gloves. Use these when shopping,
using the gas pump, and in all other outside
activity when you might come in contact with contaminated surfaces.
surgical masks. The warning here is that these are not to protect you from
direct sneezes or coughs or but to
stop you from touching your face with your hands (something we do constantly without knowing it).
packages of tissues to carry with you and paper towels to have on hand in your
that may possibly support your immune system. These could include zinc lozenges, Vitamins C and D, etc. It is possible
that the use of some of these might possibly shorten
the duration of a cold or flu and may
possibly be of benefit in fighting coronaviruses.
HOW ABC CAN HELP
Due to efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will remain open with some limitations:
In an effort to protect both our employees and our customers, we have suspended residential cleaning if the residence is occupied until further notice.
We will continue to clean and sanitize the carpets, furniture, and tile and grout in businesses that have had to close as well as vacant apartments, homes, fraternities, sororities, educational buildings, etc.
We have also instituted a 'no contact' policy for those customers who wish to drop off their rugs at our plant as well as for pick ups and deliveries. Please call our office at 607-272-1566 or view our website for more information.
We are including sanitization with an EPA registered product at no additional charge during the pandemic.
We are also offering 3 weeks of free storage upon payment of washing so there is no rush to bring rugs back home.