In late 2019, a new outbreak of a novel coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China. To date, the virus has infected thousands of people and the death toll is on the rise. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation and provides comprehensive and timely updates.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of enveloped virus that was first discovered in the 1960s. Coronaviruses are most commonly found in animals, including camels and bats, and are not typically transmitted between animals and humans. However six strains of coronavirus were previously known to be capable of transmission from animals to humans, the most well-known being Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) CoV, responsible for a large outbreak in 2003, and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) CoV, responsible for an outbreak in 2012.
The latest strain, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCov, is the seventh strain now known to have been transmitted from animals to humans at an animal and seafood market in Wuhan, China. The growing number of patients who have not had exposure to animal markets suggest that person-to-person transmission is occurring.
What are the symptoms of a human coronavirus infection?
Human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Symptoms often include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and fever. Most people contract the illness at some point in their lives and it usually only lasts for a short time. Sometimes human coronaviruses can cause lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in infants, the elderly, or individuals with weakened immune systems. In some serious cases, such as with 2019-nCoV, the virus can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
How are coronaviruses spread?
Coronaviruses are typically spread through the air via coughing or sneezing, via contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces, and sometimes, but rarely, via fecal contamination. 2019-nCov is thought to have originally spread from animals to humans, but there is growing evidence of person-to-person transmission. This pattern of transmission was also reported with SARS CoV and MERS CoV.
Why are human coronaviruses and particularly nCoV a concern?
Most people get infected with a human coronavirus at some point in their lives and experience cold-like symptoms for a few days before recovering. However, novel coronaviruses such as MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and 2019-nCoV cause severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath that can lead to pneumonia and even death. These coronaviruses can quickly spread from person to person and can lead to widespread outbreaks when infected individuals travel to different countries. As with most emerging viruses, the risk depends on a number of factors including ease of transmission, severity of symptoms and prevention and treatment options available. In the case of nCoV, there is neither a vaccine nor specific treatment.
Infection Control Measures
The CDC provides useful guidance and resources for coronavirus and 2019-nCoV infection control measures. These should all be implemented when patients are suspected of being infected with a coronavirus.
• Hand hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid contact with infected individuals, as possible.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
• For 2019-nCov, the CDC also recommends a mask for confirmed or suspected individuals, eye protection for healthcare workers, and implementing both contact and airborne precautions in addition to standard precautions.
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Infants and children under five are among the most susceptible to catching hand, foot and mouth disease, or HFMD. This contagious disease can result in fevers and rashes in young children. In order to prevent it, you must keep a very clean environment, which can be more difficult than it sounds when it comes to a room full of children. This is why daycare centers and early education programs are common sites for hand, foot and mouth disease contamination.
Young kids are of course known to have underdeveloped hygiene habits. Combine this with the fact that the children play and spend time together in small rooms. A situation like this makes it difficult to keep rooms clean, and thus the hand, foot and mouth disease infection can spread. While teachers and daycare workers try hard to keep their schools, daycares and nurseries clean, germs can still spread and cause an outbreak. Hand, foot and mouth disease has no specific treatment. That’s why it’s so important to put a premium on cleanliness. Following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease you need to respond properly in order to minimize the risks of further infection. To truly ensure the area is properly decontaminated, it’s best to hire a professional. The best thing you can do in such a situation is hire the team at HealthPoint Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul.
Persons untrained to clean such an environment may accidentally create further contamination, or could possibly become infected themselves.That’s why the highly trained specialists at Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul should be your first call. We are ready and equipped to decontaminate any space infected by hand, foot and mouth disease.
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Every year, millions of people catch the flu. For some, it’s merely an inconvenience, but for others it can be much more serious – in some cases even deadly. Despite everyone knowing that they should get a flu shot, practice good hygiene by washing their hands, and covering their nose when sneezing and mouth when coughing, the flu still manages to spread. The contagious germs find their way from one person to another with speed and ease. Not only do the germs travel between individuals, but they can also linger on surfaces throughout larger environments.
Even when a person has recovered from the flu, the threat of further contamination may not be over and done with. Bacteria is too small to see, and therefore too easy to ignore. And simply using standard household disinfectants is too often an insufficient response.
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No matter the location, the pro medical cleaners at Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul have the knowledge and skills to restore it to a healthy state. We have extensive experience cleaning schools and daycares, which are particularly susceptible to the spread of germs that cause the flu. The close quarters of a daycare center means that all of the children can pass bacteria to each other through contact and shared supplies. Once the flu virus spreads, it can be difficult to contain it. But containing it is essential if you want children to be able to get back to their normal everyday healthy lives.
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The highly contagious pink eye virus quickly and easily spreads from one person to another. While technically called conjunctivitis, the virus more commonly referred to as pink eye can come in many forms. Pink eye caused by irritants or allergens is not contagious, and therefore poses little threat of spreading or resurgence. The other forms of pink eye are caused by bacteria or a virus. Bacterial and viral pink eye are particularly troublesome because it takes far more work to effectively remove all traces of them.
Viral and bacterial pink eye pass from person to person in shared spaces such as daycares, schools, gyms and public pools. These high occupancy and high traffic locations are a boon to the germs that spread pink eye and are therefore very difficult to decontaminate. Children’s typically poor hygiene habits can easily spread germs throughout the close quarters of daycares and elementary schools. Public pools and gym locker rooms are also common sites due to shared items. From swim goggles to towels, the pink eye bacteria and viruses have ample opportunity to pass between hosts. It can be tough to know what to do after a pink eye outbreak. But the good news is Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul has the expertise and skills you need.
Health Point Medical Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul has a team of experienced medical cleaning professionals who can completely sanitize and disinfect and sanitize your location. We’ve seen viruses like conjunctivitis spread through the Twin Cities and other cities throughout Minnesota. Following pink eye outbreaks, we clean schools, disinfect daycare centers, and decontaminate public pools and gym locker rooms. You can’t afford to let a pink eye outbreak continue, so your best choice is to hire professional medical cleaners.
Beyond regular cleaning that’s needed to help restore a site of pink eye outbreak, professional sanitization is a must. It’s terribly difficult to successfully decontaminate an area that has been stricken by pink eye. The bio trauma pros at Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul decontaminate areas with ease and expertise using our proprietary chemicals and techniques for efficient and effective results.
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We all know measles – the contagious disease that gets passed from person to person through sneezing and coughing. You can protect yourself against measles by getting a measles vaccination. This keeps you safe, and also prevents you from spreading the measles virus to others. But the sad truth is not everybody gets a measles vaccination. This results in measles spreading throughout populations, infecting many people every year. Not only do people get sick, but the germs that cause the virus contaminate whatever location a carrier is in. Surfaces from door knobs to faucets to fabrics can become infected. If there has been a recent measles outbreak, the germs and bacteria can linger even after the signs of infection have seemed to pass.
Because there is an ongoing risk of unseen measles germs, you have to make sure to thoroughly clean the area. The best efforts of an untrained person with commercial disinfectants can only do so much. Your best option following a measles outbreak is to enlist the services of a medical cleaning professional.
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The measles virus infects the airspace and surfaces of any location that a carrier is in. And not just while they’re there. The virus can persist for two hours following the moment the carrier sneezed or coughed. That leaves everyone else at risk if the proper steps aren’t taken to successfully disinfect the area. If another person touches the same surface as a carrier and then touches their eyes or mouth, they can catch the measles. They can even catch it from simply breathing the same air as a carrier. And if you’re not immune to the measles, then you have a 90% chance of catching the measles if you’re close to an infected individual.
Airports and travel centers are vulnerable sites for the spread of measles. It’s not uncommon for travelers to bring back the measles virus when they return to America. As the virus passes along between people who haven’t been vaccinated, an outbreak can result. There have been hundreds of reported cases of measles in the United States over the last few years.
With such great potential for the measles virus to spread, can you afford to take the chance?
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Depending on the severity, a case of pneumonia can pose a deadly threat. Children under 5 can be especially susceptible to this lung disease. In fact, more than a million infants and very young children die from pneumonia infection each year. The bio trauma specialists at Health Point Cleaning Solutions can sanitize and decontaminate any place where pneumonia infection has occurred in order to curb the spread of this dangerous infection.
Common locations for pneumonia to spread include daycare centers and elementary schools. These places demand extra precaution due to the high number of young children within their walls. The pneumonia virus and associated bacteria spread quickly and easily between children as the play together, often sharing spaces and seldom practicing good hygiene habits.
However, young children are not the only demographic at greater risk of coming down with a pneumonia infection. Pneumonia can strike any age group, and the effects range from mild to serious. That’s why every environment needs to be properly maintained and disinfected following a case of pneumonia. The professional medical cleaning technicians at Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul have years of experience decontaminating offices, homes, schools, daycares, restaurants and other public spaces.
Another major location that needs extra attention is your local retirement home. Along with young children, elderly people over 65 years old are also at great risk of contracting pneumonia. And, like children, the effects of infection are often more severe. We treat retirement homes and senior living centers with great care, thoroughly cleaning them in the aftermath of a pneumonia contamination. After even a single case of pneumonia infection in a retirement community, it’s critically important that you hire professional medical cleaners to disinfect and sanitize the entire space in order to reduce the risk of further infection in more individuals.
The certified experts at Health Point Cleaning Solutions of Minneapolis-St Paul know what it takes to eliminate bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia. We have years of experience decontaminating nurseries, day care centers, schools, offices, retirement homes and more. We’ve seen the effects of pneumonia in our local communities and are serious about the proper cleaning of contamination sites. We act quickly using proprietary chemicals and the latest sanitation techniques.
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