With the number of COVID-19 cases rising day by day, hospitals are facing tremendous shortages in terms of beds, general resources, and healthcare personnel. Around the world, patients are losing their lives because many of them don't have the financial means to get admitted into a hospital, and in some cases, even if they do, some hospitals don't have room.
In these cases, it's important to know what to do if you or someone in your house gets COVID-19 and is forced to stay home. Whether you live alone or with others, it is important to make sure you have the right tools to go through the situation, including disinfectants and sanitizers to keep your home clean and the rest of your family safe.
In this article, we will discuss which disinfectants can be of great help for you when you have a patient at home with COVID-19 symptoms, and how to keep their room and surrounding spaces properly clean and sanitized. Our goal is to answer any questions you may have, such as how to clean a room after coronavirus exposure?
What To Do If Someone In Your House Gets COVID-19
The first step is monitoring all COVID-19 related symptoms to make sure they are mild and the patient does not require hospitalization. Then, it is important to choose a "quarantine room". This room is where the person with COVID-19 will have to self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus to the rest of the household.
Next, it is very important to fully disinfect the entire house. Make sure to wear a mask, gloves, and if possible, goggles while cleaning. Anything that can be thrown in the laundry, including sheets and towels, should be washed immediately along with the current clothes you are wearing while disinfecting the space.
Viruses can hide in the smallest of areas so spraying and wiping will only do so much. Spraying and wiping are very time-consuming, and energy-draining activities, so it would be better to use a good hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize everywhere with a fogger or sprayer.
Using a fogger or sprayer is most effective to make sure that every nook and cranny gets fully disinfected. Fogging is also quicker and less tiresome than most other methods. Thermal foggers, such as Nano spray gun, can be used on electronics and most fabrics as they provide a dry application. No wiping or rinsing is needed after spraying.
Isn't fogging expensive? Not anymore!
With technological advancements, fogging has gotten much more cost-friendly, and in many cases, is actually cheaper when it comes to saving time and effort. Fogging machines are more effective than traditional forms of disinfecting and sanitizing and is safe and non-toxic when using the recommended disinfectant.
Fogging is also the best method available to achieve airborne disinfection, which is equally important as surface disinfection. When you disinfect the air, you are eliminating all pathogens that have the potential for disease transmission when people breathe them in, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
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What About Disinfecting "Quarantine Room"?
It is important to also disinfect the room where the COVID positive person is staying to provide them a clean area. Make sure you are staying extremely safe (wearing proper PPE and staying distanced from them) while in the room.
Provide the patient a garbage bag near them so they can dispose of their own garbage themselves. Anytime you go in and out of the "quarantine room", make sure to thoroughly wash your hands and clothes and, if possible, take a shower.
If a shared bathroom is used, it must be completely disinfected after each visit. This is a time when a disinfectant fogger comes in handy. Just give the room a spray and you're good to go!
The dishes used by the patient, if not disposable, should be removed for washing with gloves and then washed with hot water and detergent. Wash hands with soap and water after each wash or disposal.
Any disposable PPE or any other garbage from the infected person should be double-layer bagged just in case.
What To Do After The COVID Positive Person Has Recovered
After the patient has recovered and is not contagious, they can come out of quarantine. It is important to do an extremely thorough disinfecting of the "quarantine room". The room should be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Wear a surgical mask and a pair of gloves before cleaning.
This is where spraying and wiping will not suffice. Fogging is essential at this stage to provide peace of mind that there are no lingering pathogens. Fogger machines like electrostatic disinfectant sprayers are able to coat all the surfaces in a room with an effective disinfectant spray that will kill COVID and other microbes in a matter of minutes, with very little effort. Just hold the electrostatic sprayer in your hand and go around every corner of the room and the entire house to disinfect.
If you do not have a disinfectant fogger, you can call a professional disinfecting company, like Disinfect & Fog, to do complete disinfection of the house.
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