Coronavirus, the virus that causes the deadly disease COVID 19, is devastating our world right now and we are struggling to combat it. The virus is purportedly able to survive for up to seventeen days on some surfaces and can survive on hair, hands, plastic, and metal to name a few. It can be transmitted via touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth or person to person contact when infected respiratory droplets land in the mouth or nose of a non-infected person. The amount of viral load that needs to be transmitted is significant which is why the CDC now recommends wearing a face mask to slow the spread. As the country prepares to reopen, taking minor precautionary steps alone is not enough. Limiting social gatherings and washing your hands regularly are other steps that we can take to reduce transmission. We must combat the spread of coronavirus through prevention, cleaning, and sanitation.
As people prepare to return to their day to day lives and business begins to resume, we must take into account that 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick and mortar locations. Facilities need to do more than a basic cleaning before allowing consumers and employees back in. About 70% of professional cleaners have no formal training and are typically the first line of resources deployed as a solution. Current procedures like using towels and sanitation buckets can leave up to 75% of surfaces untouched due to error, inconsistency in application, and rushing the process. Businesses need to employ a company that is either trained on COVID compliant cleaning or specializes in bio-hazards. After a thorough deep clean, the CDC recommends using one of the approved hospital-grade disinfectants to disinfect all floors and contact surfaces. Once surfaces have been cleaned and disinfected properly, a regular cleaning schedule must be maintained.