Checklist: Is your Home Ready for Coronavirus?
As more information about the coronavirus pandemic develops, some of the information in this article may have changed. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the online resources provided by the CDC, and your local public health department.
What you need to know:
In 2019, a new coronavirus, which causes the disease now known as COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan City, China. Today, the virus is spreading throughout the globe, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans and assist international partners.
What does ServiceMaster by Lovejoy do to help?
- ServiceMaster by Lovejoyhas invested heavily in the latest cleaning technologies to ensure we are able to deliver cleaning and decontamination services to the highest level and at the quickest speed.
- ServiceMaster by Lovejoy also prides ourselves on being at the forefront of any viral outbreaks, such as the recent Covid-19 Wuhan Novel Coronavirus eruption across the globe, and see it as our duty to help contain it and ultimately save lives.
- ServiceMaster by Lovejoyhave identified several disinfection procedures and systems to help provide the most effective results available, we now utilize the VI Electrostatic Spray Delivery System along with the ESS system for large area sanitation.
What to do:
It’s not enough just to have the right stuff. Good disease prevention works best if you follow some important practices on a regular basis:
- Stay away from crowds/practice social distancing – This is the chief reason why you want to stock up on everything above now so that if Coronavirus does hit your community, you don’t have to go out and get supplies at the same time as everyone else.
- Wash hands frequently – We mentioned this above, but it’s worth saying again. Wash your hands all the time. Health experts say you should scrub for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday, twice).
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. It helps keep viruses from getting airborne.
- Throw away used tissues – Don’t stick them in your pocket or leave them on a surface. They have germs on them.
Keep hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes – This helps prevent transmission of not just coronavirus, but other respiratory diseases, according to the CDC.
It’s recommended that you have enough non-perishable food on hand to carry you through at least two weeks:
- Canned foods (soups, vegetables, fruits)
- Other nonperishables (grains, plates of pasta, rice)
- Dehydrated foods (like this 24-serving bucket good for 30 years)
- Snacks (chips, crackers, nuts)
Water is the most important, but other hydrating beverages are good, too. A two-week supply is recommended for your homes during a quarantine.
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Water filters (backup if you run out of bottles)
- Hydrating drinks
Good hygiene, particularly regular and thorough hand washing, is one of the best ways to protect yourself from coronavirus, or just plain old cold or flu, according to the CDC. Make sure you’re well-stocked on these items in case of a quarantine
- Antibacterial soap
- Hand Sanitizer with a high alcohol content
- Toilet paper
- Disinfecting wipes
- Feminine care products
- Laundry detergent
It’s important to have an adequate supply of any daily or prescription medications you take in the event of a pandemic. In addition, it’s a good idea to have supplies of the following:
- Over-the-counter medicines (pain relievers, cough suppressants, antihistamines)
First Aid Kit:
If you have a baby:
If you have a little one at home, the good news is that children seem to be less vulnerable to COVID-19 than adults. But if you’re stuck at home in a quarantine, your baby is most likely going to be stuck there with you. Prepare the following:
- Baby food
Your pet is going to be at home with you, too, and if businesses are closed and communities are quarantined, you’re going to want to have enough pet products to care for them, too. Prepare the following:
- Pet food
- Cat litter
Now we come to the question of face masks. Should you wear them? Experts offer a mixed response. The CDC doesn’t recommend them for disease prevention. However, if you are sick, face masks, such as the N95 respirator mask, can help prevent people approximately you from contracting the disease. Do note that face masks are starting to go out of stock and become expensive. Consider other preventative options.
If you get sick:
- Call a doctor – You don’t need to rush to the hospital or/and urgent care facility right away. In fact, most coronavirus cases are mild. But call your primary care physicians. They may be able to help you over the phone. If you believe you are having a medical emergency, dial 911.
- Work from home.
- Don’t share with others.
- Separate yourself from other people you live with.
- Do wear a face mask – As previously mentioned, while masks are not effective for protecting you from the disease, once you have it, they can help protect those around you.
- Wash doorknobs, light switches, toilet seats, countertops and other high-touch surfaces daily.
Scheduling appropriate preventative decontamination to clean, sanitize, and disinfect the surfaces within your building will help improve employee culture, ensuring staff that the appropriate measures are being implemented to safeguard their safety and well-being. Initiating preventive services to stop the spread of the flu or virus will also help control employee absenteeism while saving you thousands in lost productivity.
With ServiceMaster by Lovejoy, you have a partner you can trust with restoration when it’s needed the most. As IICRC-certified experts in Coronavirus decontamination services, we provide sensitive, prompt, and professional services of both biologically and chemically contaminated scenes.
Call ServiceMaster by Lovejoy at 678-293-0297 for Conyers, Georgia and 770-992-1575 for Roswell, Georgia to learn more and schedule a service so you can begin protecting your home immediately.