COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL
ArchAngels BioRecovery is an Expert in the field of Infection Control and Bio-hazard Remediation in events of Infectious Disease Outbreak.
Today the world is facing an unprecedented public health crisis in the form of COVID-19. This is the reason why the recommendations of the scientists, doctors and authorized authorities, such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are focused on preventing the spread of this virus.
15 years of establishment particular to the field of expertise in Infection control and Disease Outbreak is unique, useful and essential for the safety of both the general public and also your clients, employees and overall business, we are not a janitorial or fire, water,mold restoration company or recently introduced in to this industry.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends several practices to keep workplaces, schools and homes safe, including disinfection.
Indeed, until an effective treatment or vaccine is available, the only way to reduce the spread of the pandemic is to clean and disinfect everything that is exposed to touch, including, of course, your hands.
At this time measurements for Infection Control and Disinfection are recommended, specifically for businesses or households suspected or confirmed to have COVID–19 Virus exposure. The United States Department of Labor has the same message, which emphasizes the importance of environmental decontamination to control and prevent workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 Virus.
We strictly adhere to the OSHA, EPA, CDC and other state and local health and environmental agency regulations and are compliant with proper certifications, insurance and training requirements.
We are ABRA (American Bio-Recovery Association) Certified Technicians, trained by experts in the areas of:
- Disease Outbreak.
- Bio-hazard Infection Control.
- A real interview and discussion of your needs and our capabilities;
- A detailed standard operation procedure protocol
- A detail scope of work based on your industry
- Price list by sq/ft based on reasonable and customary rates established for Bio-hazard remediation.
- A detail service agreement.
- A written commitment to use only EPA and CDC approved disinfectants and MSDS of products that we employ.
- A team led by a qualified and empathetic supervisor with trained professional personnel in approved Personal Protection Equipment.
- Post work ATP bacteria level swab testing evaluation.
- Assurance of waste disposed as Bio-hazard medical waste.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Corporate Infection Control Division, contact ArchAngels BioRecovery for an informational package at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common contact areas of focus:
All Light Switches.
All Door Handles.
Exercise/Fitness Equipment/Wrestling/Gymnastic Mats.
Industries we serve include:
Hospital/Healthcare/ Nursing homes.
Elementary/Nursery Schools/Day Care Centers.
Sports and Fitness Facilities.
ArchAngels Biorecovery has 15 years of experience in biohazard infection control and disease outbreak. We are NOT a janitorial or fire, water, mold restoration company; we are experts in sanitizing and controlling infectious diseases. We are also ABRA (American Bio-Recovery Association) Certified Technicians. We are family owned and headquartered in the Midwestern US, with crews and partners stationed throughout the nation. We can dispatch a crew within hours of your call to our 24/7 Emergency Dispatch Line.
- COVID-19 is a non-segmented, positive sense RNA virus.
- COVID-19 is part of the family of coronaviruses. This contains:
- (i) Four coronaviruses which are widely distributed and usually cause the common cold (but can cause viral pneumonia in patients with comorbidities).
- (ii) SARS and MERS – these caused epidemics with high mortality which are somewhat similar to COVID-19. COVID-19 is most closely related to SARS.
- It binds via the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor located on type II alveolar cells and intestinal epithelia (Hamming 2004).
- This is the same receptor as used by SARS (hence the technical name for the COVID-19, “SARS-CoV-2”).
- When considering possible therapies, SARS (a.k.a. “SARS-CoV-1”) is the most closely related virus to COVID-19.
- COVID-19 is mutating, which may complicate matters even further. Virulence and transmission will shift over times, in ways which we cannot predict. New evidence suggests that there are roughly two different groups of COVID-19. This explains why initial reports from Wuhan described a higher mortality than some more recent case series (Tang et al. 2020; Xu et al 2020).
- Technically, the virus is supposed to be called “SARS-CoV-2” and the clinical illness is called “COVID-19.” This gets confusing, so the term COVID-19 is used to refer to both entities.
The term “SARS” is used to refer to the original SARS virus from 2003 (which has currently been renamed SARS-CoV-1).
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- COVID-19 transmission can occur via large droplet transmission (with a risk limited to ~6 feet from the patient)
- This is typical for respiratory viruses such as influenza.
- Transmission via large droplet transmission can be prevented by using a standard surgical-style mask.
- It’s controversial whether COVID19 can be transmitted via an airborne route (small particles which remain aloft in the air for longer periods of time). Airborne transmission would imply the need for N95 masks (“FFP2” in Europe), rather than surgical masks.
- A recent study on COVID19 demonstrated the ability of virus to persist in aerosols for hours, making aerosol transmission plausible.
- Guidelines disagree about whether to use airborne precautions:
- The Canadian Guidelines and World Health Organization guidelines both recommend using only droplet precautions for routine care of COVID19 patients. However, both of these guidelines recommend airborne precautions for aerosol-generating procedures (e.g. intubation, extubation, noninvasive ventilation, high-flow nasal cannula, CPR prior to intubation, bag-mask ventilation, bronchoscopy, and tracheostomy).
- ANZICS recommends airborne precautions be used for critically ill patients with COVID-19.
The United States CDC previously recommended using airborne precautions all the time when managing COVID19 patients. However, the CDC recently updated their position, stating that surgical face masks are acceptable when N95 masks run out.
This mode of transmission has a tendency to get overlooked, but it may be incredibly important. This is how it works:
- (i) Someone with coronavirus coughs, emitting large droplets containing the virus. Droplets settle on surfaces in the room, creating a thin film of coronavirus. The virus may be shed in nasal secretions as well, which could be transmitted to the environment.
- (ii) The virus persists on fomites in the environment. Depending on the type of surface, virus may persist for roughly four days (Doremalen et al. 3/17/19).
- (iii) Someone else touches the contaminated the surface hours or days later, transferring the virus to their hands.
- (iv) If the hands touch a mucous membrane (eyes, nose, or mouth), this may transmit the infection.
- Any effort to limit spread of the virus must block contact transmission. The above chain of events can be prevented in a variety of ways:
- (a) Regular cleaning of environmental surfaces.
- (b) Hand hygiene (high concentration ethanol neutralizes the virus and is easy to perform, so this might be preferable if hands aren’t visibly soiled)
- (c) Avoidance of touching your face. This is nearly impossible, as we unconsciously touch our faces constantly. The main benefit of wearing a surgical mask and eye shield acts as a physical barrier to prevent touching the mouth, nose or eye mucousses.
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