We’ve seen the news. Every day, there is another shocking story regarding coronavirus, or COVID-19. News articles have flooded media channels to report on the growing pandemic, some capitalizing on the fear surrounding the developing crisis, others seeking to offer hope and valuable data on how to prevent infection.
There is good reason to be concerned. People are asking, “What is coronavirus?” They want to know more. And that makes sense. But just as it is critical to gather a better understanding of what the coronavirus is, we also need to learn about what kills viruses. What can you do to keep inside your home, school or business disinfected and clean from viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms?
Heat treatment is a good option for eliminating coronavirus. It’s a safe and effective way to kill germs. Heat treatments lower the risk to humans and pets, whereas liquid viricide and high-intensity spray-based disinfectants can be harmful when exposed to human skin, eyes, mouth, nose, or lungs. Heat treatments, on the other hand, are the perfect answer to everyone’s biggest question, “What kills viruses naturally?”
Another benefit to heat treatments is that, if you do choose to combine treatments, heat treatments work in concert with chemical treatments, effectively killing and disinfecting coronaviridae, protozoa, viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants.
Heat treatments are a fully comprehensive approach, as high-temperature heat can reach into all of the nooks, crannies, cracks, and hard-to-reach areas of a home that spray disinfectants and viricide may not reach. With heat, you protect yourself and others in your home from coronavirus symptoms by utilizing a comprehensive treatment approach.
“Reported community spread of COVID-19 in parts of the United States raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for COVID-19 for those communities. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high, to the United States and globally.(1)” That is a direct quote from a CDC coronavirus webpage. It details the risk assessment of coronavirus symptoms and the threat levels regarding the virus in the United States. The growing pandemic is something to be concerned about, and we need to take care to protect our families and loved ones from the virus.
Coronavirus is a viral infection that spreads from human-to-human. The virus can be lethal. At the time of this writing, cases of the illness have cropped up in more than 80 countries already, and more than 90,000 known cases have been reported. Keep in mind, this particular strain of the virus (COVID-19) only just appeared in December 2019, so the spread of the virus has been alarmingly rapid thus far. Thankfully, there is a highly efficient and aggressive method of preventing the coronavirus. Because the virus is comprised of living, microscopic organisms, an application of extreme heat to a contaminated area can kill all traces of the virus within a matter of hours.
Let’s be clear. Heat kills viruses. It’s easy to forget that viruses are actually living organisms and that, like any other organism, they can only survive in certain temperatures. It’s easy to accept the media hype that viruses are some infallible danger that eludes our understanding. When we ask, “What is coronavirus?” the first answer we get should be that it is a microscopic organism that replicates within the cells of a host organism. A more dramatic answer is simply the result of media hype. And while we cannot use heat to kill virus strains within the human body, we most definitely can use heat to disinfect entire buildings where the virus may have spread.
But how do heat treatments work when trying to determine exactly how to kill a virus? Or how to kill bacteria? It’s quite simple. Pathogens, bacteria, protozoa, and viruses all have a limit to the maximum temperature they can survive at. While B.B.D.S. may not be able to treat humans who are infected with coronavirus, we do have the equipment, skills, and experience necessary to quickly and aggressively eliminate pathogens and viruses by use of heat treatments.
For example, coronavirus cannot survive in temperatures above 55°C/131°F. Our heat equipment runs at 160°F to 185°F, and we hold those temperatures constant for several hours to ensure a room or space is adequately heated. We use thermal imaging equipment to test interior spaces to ascertain that every square inch of the heated area is brought to the lethal temperature for viruses. Then we hold that heat in place for several hours to ensure that all pathogens, viruses, and bacteria are eliminated. As an added bonus, this treatment also kills bed bugs and other nasty insects.
Want to prevent coronavirus infections? B.B.D.S. offers high-heat treatment services to kill coronavirus. These treatments can be used in:
The list goes on. If the area is a contained environment (not outdoors), B.B.D.S. can use its patented methodology to kill harmful microbes that are floating in the air, resting on surfaces, residing deep in furniture and other belongings, etc. All it takes is one concise, aggressive treatment to sanitize an interior space.