Avoiding the Spread of Coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV) are made up of a large group of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The latest strain is the novel coronavirus (nCoV) which has not been previously found in humans. It has now been termed Covid-19.
Some common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more serious circumstances, infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The main form of transmission of COVID-19 is from person-to-person.
This happens when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). The virus is spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, causing these droplets to enter the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
It is also possible for the spread to occur from contact with infected surfaces or objects by touching the infected surface before touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. People are thought to be the most contagious when they are feeling sick or it could also happen before they show symptoms.
Can pests spread the virus?
The 2019-nCoV originally came from an animal, therefore there have been concerns regarding the spread of the virus via pests.
For example, one of them in question are mosquitos. If a mosquito bites a person who has Zika virus in the bloodstream, that mosquito might be able to transmit the virus to another person in about 10 days.
However, this is not considered a person-to-person transmission as the virus is labelled as vector borne instead, which means that it has been transmitted by an arthropod such as a mosquito or tick. While it is thought to be a concern, there is no evidence to prove that the coronavirus is spread by mosquito bites but, pests in general can bring other diseases and concerns to your households in the case of an infestation.
Keep the household clean to prevent the spread of viruses
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this disease. The only precautionary measures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
- It is not recommended for people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases but for those who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease to others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Regardless of the ongoing virus, it is an important reminder that urges you to disinfect your homes regularly to prevent the spread of any diseases. Moreover, while seemingly not as serious, a pest infestation also brings about a threat to your health and safety as well. While there are a variety of products available on supermarket shelves that promise to eradicate pest infestations, the majority are temporary solutions that overlook wider causes to stomp out pests at the source.
As we are facing a difficult and worrying period of time, Pestbusters is offering an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) disinfection treatment to extend the awareness and necessary safety precautions for our valued customers.
The germicide used in this treatment is non-toxic and non-corrosive – it is dispensed into the air using an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) machine. This machine produces very fine droplets of the germicide, which is suspended in the air and is designed to envelope airborne bacteria and viruses (including 2019-nCoV), thereby starving them.
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