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COVID-19: What To Do If You Have Been Exposed To The Virus


covid-19With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the risk of exposure and illness also rises. This includes the potential for infection in your home or business. Once infected, you can unknowingly pass the virus to your loved ones and jeopardize their health. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the necessary actions to take if you or your property have been exposed to the virus. By taking appropriate precautions during this crucial time, you can help prevent further transmission of the virus.

What To Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below are important facts about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

  • COVID-19, also called coronavirus, is a new virus that started in Wuhan, China.
  • In the United States, there are already more than 450,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
  • The main way it spreads is through respiratory droplets released when someone infected coughs or sneezes, allowing it to pass from person to person.
  • Evidence shows that coronavirus or COVID-19 can last on surfaces for up to 17 days after it has been contracted.
  • Symptoms can vary from mild illness to severe respiratory problems and death. Ost common symptoms of the virus are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
  • In some patients, this virus can be asymptomatic, which means people who get infected by it do not show any symptoms up to two weeks after infection.

What To Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19

If you are sick with the coronavirus or COVID-19 or if you believe you have been infected, you should take actions necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

First off, call your doctor.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call the doctor immediately for advice. They should talk to you about symptoms, what you are experiencing, and where and how you can be tested.

Make sure to call your doctor’s office first before visiting them. This can help them prepare for your arrival and protect other patients like the elderly and children from getting infected. They will also advise you on the best time to visit and the route to take.

Furthermore, be sure to wear a mask when visiting your doctor and maintain social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Stay at Home: Self-Isolation

Self-isolation means staying home if you are infected or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If you feel sick or think you might have the virus, it’s important to avoid spreading it to others while you get better. The CDC recommends following these steps to reduce the risk of infecting people in your household and community.

  • Stay home except for medical care. Do not leave your home unless you need to get medical care. If you need anything, let your family or friends bring them to you. When going out, avoid using public transportation like taxis or ride-sharing.
  • When you’re unwell, it’s important to separate yourself from your family and pets. Try to stay away from others in your home and confine yourself to a specific room. If possible, use a separate bathroom. Avoid close contact with your pets and other animals at home while you’re still recovering.
  • Do not share personal household items with others. Do not share dishes, cups, utensils, towels, and bedding with your family members and pets in your home.
  • Wear a mask. If you must be around other people, even at home, make sure to wear a mask.

Thoroughly Clean and Disinfect Your House

Studies show that coronavirus can survive for hours and even days on surfaces. Thus, cleaning visibly dirty surfaces and even objects followed by disinfectant is the best prevention method for contracting COVID-19 in households and even community settings.

  • Remember to regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, remote controls, drawer handles, and desks.
  • For disinfection, use CDC-recommended and EPA-registered products. Disinfect all areas that the infected person may have come in contact with, like the surfaces they have touched and the areas of your home they were in. The coronavirus can spread through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes, so the virus might contaminate almost everything in the room.
  • Make sure that all contaminated areas are cleaned and disinfected. Dispose of the contaminated materials as biohazard wastes if necessary.
  • Keep yourself protected when cleaning contaminated areas. Make sure to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and a full-face respirator to prevent being infected.

Call In Professionals For Deep Cleaning Mitigation

Coronavirus can be insidious. But with proper cleaning and disinfection of your property, you can help prevent the spread of the virus and protect your family from getting the infection. We, at Superior Restoration, offer deep cleaning services that follow the protocols set by CDC. We are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge in handling infectious cleanup. Cleaning and disinfecting your property ease your worries of having the virus infect your loved ones. Call us today.


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