If you’ve watched the news lately, odds are you’ve been virtually inundated with headlines and frightening reports regarding the coronavirus. Also known as “coronaviridae” or “COVID-19,” as it is technically named, this new viral infection is sweeping across the world, infecting tens of thousands of people, all while scientists still don’t know precisely how to counter it.
Despite all the media headlines and all the doom and gloom, there is still much that average people do not know about the virus. Let’s first answer the question, “What is corona disease?” And then let’s talk about the coronavirus cause and how to protect oneself from contracting it.
What is coronavirus? Let’s get a direct answer straight from a reputable source. Remember, coronavirus is a very specific illness; unlike anything we’ve seen yet. The CDC coronavirus definition is as follows: “A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.(1)”
That definition tells us that this particular strain of corona, COVID-19, is a new strain of the virus, unlike previous versions. Let’s take a look at another definition that is equally valuable, this one from the World Health Organization: “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.(2)”
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Symptoms of this concerning ailment are not unlike symptoms of an ordinary flu virus. And that can make it difficult to isolate coronavirus illness from other cold and flu illnesses. Some of the symptoms include fever, tiredness, dry cough, lethargy, aches, pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, etc. However, what’s different is that these symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually, but then they become far worse. For example, an advanced stage of coronavirus can result in difficulty breathing. According to the WHO, people with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately.
But how does the virus spread? While COVID-19 is thought to have originated from animals infecting humans, once a human has the virus, it can be spread from human to human. That is how the virus has managed to sweep across the world in just a matter of weeks. In March 2020 infecting over 90,000 people in 80 countries just since December of last year. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or breathes on another person, that can spread coronavirus. The virus can also spread by touching surfaces that have been breathed on, coughed on, or sneezed on by someone who has the virus.
What everyone is trying to figure out now is, “What kills viruses? What kills bacteria? What kills viruses naturally?” And while it is all fine and good to learn how to kill bacteria in one’s own home, the only way we are going to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus is to disinfect exterior surfaces where lots of people congregate.
What we mean by that is quite simple. Stopping the spread of this potentially lethal illness requires us to kill germs at public transportation sites, large office buildings, public parks, retail locations, etc. And we can’t just disinfect the interiors of buildings and public areas. We also have to kill virus contaminants in, on, or around the exterior of public places, commercial establishments, etc.
The best way to decontaminate an exterior (open to the air) surface is with a liquid virucide. For interior applications, it’s generally more effective and safer to use high-heat treatments. But for exterior surfaces, high heat is ineffective. A liquid application is much more effective to kill bacteria and other harmful contaminants.
B.B.D.S. specializes in liquid virucide for exterior virus decontamination. Our team of licensed and experienced technicians operates a fleet of tanker trucks, each with an 800-gallon capacity. Here are just some of the locations we can treat:
The keynote is that surfaces that are open to the air and which are high-traffic areas must be treated to ensure coronavirus does not spread. Think doorknobs, slides at the playground, public water fountains, handrails, etc. B.B.D.S. can treat all of the above and more, effectively preventing infection.
The B.D.D.S. methodology is simple but effective. Our team of technicians maps out an area that requires treatment, drawing out the plan for canvasing the area in a way that will fully encompass the location. Then we organize our trucks and technicians to visit the site and apply liquid treatments. Such is highly systematic, labor-intensive work, but efficacy in infection control depends on canvasing every square inch of the target area.
Once the location has been treated, all forms of pathogens, viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and other harmful contaminants will have been eliminated. After that, even if new contaminants come into contact with the treated surface, they too will be eliminated, as a virus cannot survive on a surface that’s been treated with liquid virucide.
We know that heat kills viruses, and heat is the ideal treatment when our goal is to disinfect interiors. However, for open-air places (which also happen to be places that attract considerable human traffic), heat treatments are not workable. Thankfully, B.D.D.S. is one of the few companies that specializes in both commercial and residential exterior infection control and infection prevention.