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


covid-19As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, the chances of you getting exposed and get sick continue to increase as well. Anyone or anything can be susceptible to get infected, including your house or business. When infected, you can transmit the virus to those you get in contact with, including your family. You don’t want to put the lives of your family at risk. That is why it is important to know what steps to take when you or your property have been exposed to the virus. Taking proper precautions during this critical moment can help you prevent the spread of the virus.

What To Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

  • Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new kind of virus that was first detected in Wuhan, China.
  • There are already more than 450,000 coronavirus cases in the US.
  • The virus can spread mainly between people through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • 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 for 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.

Do Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is voluntary confinement at home by those who are infected or may have symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you are sick or suspect that you have been infected, it is important not to transmit the virus to others while you are in the process of recovering. The CDC recommends these steps to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others in your home 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.
  • Separate yourself from your family and pets. As much as possible, stay away from the others in your home. Stay in a specific room and keep yourself isolated. If available, you a separate bathroom. Restrict contacts with your pets and other animals in your home when still on the process of recovery.
  • Do not share personal household items with others. Do not share dishes, cups, utensils, towels, and beddings 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 of visibly dirty surfaces and even objects followed by disinfectant is the best prevention method of contracting COVID-19 in households and even community settings.

  • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, remote controls, drawer handles, desks, and others.
  • 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 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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