Diarrhea and Vomit Cleanup After Covid-19 Illness

Taking care of someone ill with COVID-19 while preventing yourself and others from coming down with the same disease is a monumental task. Not only are you preparing meals and making sure the patient has what they need, but you also have to cleanup after the vomit and diarrhea, symptoms that sometimes occur in people who are COVID-19 positive.

Diarrhea and vomit can be some of the first symptoms of COVID-19

While coughing and a fever are the more common first symptoms of COVID-19, diarrhea and vomit can also be the first to appear. If someone has thrown up or experienced diarrhea anywhere on your property, the body fluids need to be treated as infectious substances, even if the person has not tested positive for COVID-19.

If someone does test positive for COVID-19, they should be quarantined by themselves to prevent anyone else in the household from becoming ill, including the use of their own bathroom if possible. However, sometimes it isn’t possible for someone to be alone while sick due to their age or their inability to take care of themselves while ill.

COVID-19 is found in both diarrhea and vomit

A person with COVID-19 will have both their diarrhea and vomit infected with the virus. If the person cleaning up the fluids for the patient comes into direct contact with the substance, they, too, can also become infected. It is for this reason that anyone cleaning up the body fluids of someone sick with COVID-19 needs to take stringent precautions to protect their own health.

  • Wear rubber gloves
  • Use a face mask
  • Wear a plastic apron if possible

Clean up diarrhea and vomit as soon as possible

Any vomit or diarrhea needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to limit the damage. After putting on personal protective equipment and gathering needed supplies, including a strong disinfectant, follow these steps.

  • Keep other people and animals far away from the area
  • Cover any fluids with paper towels to soak up excess liquid
  • Remove all fluids and solids with a paper towel and throw away all trash in a sealed plastic bag
  • Starting from the least soiled toward the dirtiest areas, clean all surfaces with detergent and hot water so they appear clean
  • Following the product instructions, apply a strong disinfectant or a bleach mixture on all affected surfaces to kill all viruses and bacteria
  • Make sure you’ve cleaned all places where the liquid may have splattered
  • Wash any soiled objects with strong disinfectant
  • Wash any soiled fabric in the hottest water setting available on your washer
  • Throw away any disposable personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves or masks
  • Wash your hands directly after completing the task

If someone has used the toilet to vomit or go to the bathroom, go through the steps above to clean and decontaminate both the toilet and any surface the person touched including the toilet handle, faucets, soap dispenser, light switch, and doorknobs.

Since a person with COVID-19 is likely to experience these symptoms of diarrhea and vomit multiple times, you’ll want to keep supplies close at hand.

For further instructions on a mixing a bleach solution or cleaning an area infected with the coronavirus, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia Clean is here to help

If you do not want to take on the risk of cleaning up vomit and/or diarrhea that resulted from a Covid-19 illness, we are here to help. We have the proper equipment and disinfectants to ensure that the impacted area is thoroughly cleaned of the infectious disease.

Additionally, our staff at Georgia Clean are always here if you have any questions about COVID-19 decontamination or if you need us to decontaminate your property after an infection. Available 24/7, our professional crew quickly handles all cleaning and decontamination so you can know your property is truly safe, clean, and permanently free of all lingering odor. Give us a call at 770-766-9457.

Don’t Hire a Company to “Pre-Treat” for Coronavirus

At Georgia Clean, we strive to protect our community and give honest advice on what to do when dangers such as viruses or blood are present. During this pandemic of COVID-19, it’s easy to be scared you or a family member is an asymptomatic carrier or haven’t yet become sick. The virus is unseen and with colds, the flu, and allergies also present, it can be hard at times to tell one disease from another. Don’t let fear rule your head, though, when choosing what steps to take to protect your and your family. Be smart and don’t get sucked in by companies advertising “pre-treatments” of COVID-19.

The truth about pre-cleaning

In recent weeks as cases of COVID-19 mount, we have heard of new companies being created to “pre-treat” an area before any coronavirus cases are known. This is unnecessary and even dangerous as these companies are new and do not have the experience necessary to protect themselves and others during infectious disease cleanup. In addition, even if an area is clean after a “pre-treatment,” that only lasts a short period of time until someone enters the space or packages are brought in. As soon as someone sneezes, touches surfaces, or an item infected with coronavirus are present, the space is no longer free of the virus.

Only hire infectious disease experts

COVID-19 DeconSome of these new companies are charging thousands of dollars for a service that is neither proven effective nor useful. If you, an employee, or a family member do have a positive case of COVID-19, make sure the company you hire to clean and disinfect the space has proven experience in infectious disease cleanup, are licensed, bonded, and insured, and have all the necessary paperwork and documentation to back it up.

With twenty years of experience in infectious disease cleanup, Georgia Clean knows what it takes to clean and disinfect any area from bacteria and viruses. Recently certified to treat spaces infected with the novel coronavirus, Georgia Clean has received numerous calls for service in recent weeks to sanitize a variety of places. Whether it’s a school, business, home, or other public location, we are hard at work serving our community with his expertise and in-depth knowledge.

Take these steps to prevent coronavirus infections

Protecting yourself and your family is important during this time and there are many precautions you can take to prevent becoming infected with the coronavirus without anyone in your home or business testing positive. Instead of wasting your money on “pre-treatment,” take these steps instead:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your face including your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Consider going shoeless inside your home
  • Wash your devices and purses
  • Maintain at least 6-10 feet between yourself and other people whom you don’t live with
  • Sanitize your bank cards after using them in public
  • Wipe down your groceries and any other purchases brought into the home
  • Unpack boxed packages outside with gloves and sanitize the contents
  • Regularly clean surfaces in your home including knobs and light switches
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • If you’re sick, quarantine yourself at home

Georgia Clean cares about our community

At Georgia Clean, we care deeply about our community and don’t want anyone taken advantage of during this time. If you need help cleaning and disinfecting your infected property, call us at 770-766-4562 for quality service.

For further guidance on how to prevent COVID-19, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website(CDC).

Disease Management: Knowing Is Half the Battle

GI Joe’s motto is “Knowing is half the battle”. I have been in the crime, trauma and death scene business for 24 years. In doing this, unique needs have found their way to my door. Hoarding, teargas, meth labs and infectious disease management. All which were not part of my original business model. I personally choose to call it infectious disease management over control, because diseases evolve requiring more managing than control. Disease management found its way to my door starting in 2004 as SARS, and every 2 to 4 years its been something else from avian flu to MERS and now COVID-19. Each evolution requires tweaking and understanding of what you are walking into. It also includes being honest and not taking advantage of a client vs. chasing a dollar. An ICRA certification is a must in this area. I was laughed at when I got mine, was told it was a waste of time and money, but who is laughing now. Again, knowing is half the battle. Look soon for a virtual basic understanding course of what is going on. Are you properly equipped? Do you know what EPA approved product to use? Did you know that there are only a small few EPA approved products that can be used in an electrostatic sprayer? I did not know that until I took my ICRA course. PLEASE DO NOT, chase a dollar to take a chance of bringing something home that will impact your babies and will change your life. God bless.

Effectively Treating Coronavirus for 24 Years

GUESS WHAT??!!!! GeorgiaClean.com has been effectively treating for Coronavirus for 24 years, just like Clorox and Lysol has.

HOW SO, Mr. Gordy???

Georgia Clean performs, trains and operates under universal precautions and practices. This means we treat for numerous viruses and bacteria at almost every scene we work on. Every incident scene must weigh on its own merits. The products and equipment we use just so happen treat for a number of pathogens under our already in place umbrella of care for infectious disease control, and yes, the Coronavirus has been part of that for a long time.

So, don’t get caught up in all the hype and scare. Safe practices like washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow as well as staying home when sick do work. Lets worry about the elephant in the room. The Zombie Apocalypse. Now that’s scary. Enjoy life.

Does Hand Sanitizer Really Work?

Many of us have seen and probably used the bottles of hand sanitizer in the front of grocery stores, at the bank, in hospitals and schools, or we keep one to use in our bags or in the car. Especially now that we’re in the midst of cold and flu season and with all the news we hear about the Coronavirus, we have become reliant on this fast-drying cleanser to keep us safe and germ-free. We squeeze out a small amount, rub it on our hands, and maybe wipe the excess off before going on our way thinking our hands are now clean and we are safe from getting sick. But is this really true?

Hand sanitizer is not the cure-all for disease prevention. While it serves as a handy tool in times of need, there are four important things to know about it before you rely on using the solution to keep you healthy:

1. Hand sanitizer does not leave your hands clean

Hand sanitizer does not actually clean your hands. It only kills the first layer of germs on your skin. If you’ve been outside, used the restroom, or cleaned up a cut, hand sanitizer is not going to clean off dirt, feces, or blood from your hands nor does it cut through the grease to get to any germs underneath. Though it will kill some of the bacteria and germs, your hands will still be dirty and need to be washed. To get rid of those materials, you have to use hot water and soap.

2. Hand sanitizer doesn’t actually kill all the germs

Hand sanitizer doesn’t actually kill all the bacteria and germs on your hand though it does greatly reduce the number. As advertised on many bottles, hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of all germs and bacteria. Initially, this sounds fantastic but you still have .01% of bacteria left. For example, if you have an area with 100,000 bacteria, after using hand sanitizer correctly, you can still have 1,000 bacteria living on the surface of your skin.

3. There are types of bacteria and germs hand sanitizer can’t kill

While hand sanitizer kills many of the common bacteria, there are some it cannot destroy such as C. Diff or MRSA. Even with the best use of hand sanitizer, you can still transfer C. Diff to whatever it is you touch. For other germs, such as those covered in mucus that are on your hands after you or someone else sneezes, it can take much longer for the alcohol to break down the protective layer of mucus in order to kill the germ than the sanitizer stays on your hands.

4. Clean hands won’t keep you healthy

Many diseases are airborne as well as the viruses and bacteria sitting on surfaces. When a person sneezes or even breathes, bacteria and viruses come out into the open air ready to land on and infect others. While the majority of diseases are spread through our hands, you can still get sick by an airborne disease even if your hands stay clean. Thus, do not rely on hand sanitizer as your only defense in staying healthy.

Three tips for effective use of hand sanitizer

Even though hand sanitizers aren’t the cure all we would like them to be, they still do kill many of the bacteria and viruses that can make us sick. Used properly, the alcohol-based solution can be a good tool in disease prevention when hot water and soap are not available. If you use hand sanitizer as part of your daily care or when you’re out and about, remember to do these three things to make your use of the product the most effective:

1. Use a solution containing at least 60% alcohol

Hand sanitizers containing 60-95% alcohol are the most effective in killing germs and bacteria.

2. Follow the instructions

Read the directions on the bottle to know how much hand sanitizer to use and how long to rub it on your hands. Do not wipe off excess hand sanitizer – simply rub it around and wait for it to dry.

3. Wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible

Only use hand sanitizer when washing your hands with hot water and soap is not an option. Hand washing is the best disease prevention tool we have and only by a thorough washing with hot water and soap will your hands be truly clean. While hand sanitizer can be a nice backup in times of need, it is never a replacement for hand washing

Do this to truly clean an area when infectious diseases are present

If you know someone with an infectious disease has been in your home, school, or business, then hand sanitizer is not going to help you in cleaning the affected area nor are basic household cleaners going to do the job. To truly clean a place from infectious diseases such as a hospital, business, or a school with numerous individuals who are sick, you need industrial-grade cleaners that will kill far more than hand sanitizers’ 99.99%.

Our knowledgeable staff at Georgia Clean are always here to help by thoroughly cleaning out the infected area with professional equipment and industrial-grade cleaners. Able to effectively cover large areas in short amounts of time, our team of professionals are available to make sure you and those you care for stay healthy.

Measles Outbreak – 3 Here in Atlanta, Georgia

At one time, measles was a prevalent disease in the United States. Many people have died from the measles and still do in other parts of the world. Due to a vaccine created in 1957, most people in our country are now immune to the virus and measles has all but disappeared throughout the U.S.

In the last month, however, there has been a new outbreak of measles across the United States with a hundred people being infected, over half of them in the state of Washington. Here in Atlanta, Georgia, three children were confirmed to have measles. Although the disease did not spread beyond them, it’s important to understand what measles is and what we need to do to protect ourselves and each other.

Measles Vaccine

A vaccine for measles was created in 1957 and most people born since then have received it as children and are now immune. In the last two decades, however, there is a movement to not vaccinate your child due to misinformation about potential side effects. This has created pools of people who are vulnerable to the disease and who easily catch and spread the virus. Additionally, some people have medical conditions that don’t permit them to have the vaccine or are under the age of one and are too young to receive it. These groups of people depend on those around them who do have a choice to be vaccinated so the virus is not spread.

Symptoms

The measles virus incubates in a person for 10-14 days before someone shows any symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Inflamed eyes
  • Red rash (starts on the face and spreads from there)

Anyone who has the virus is extremely contagious four days before the rash appears and four days afterwards for a total of eight days. Since the disease starts out by looking like a cold, many people have unknowingly spread the virus before realizing what it actually is. Once a person catches it, the virus finds its way into the nose and throat so when they cough, sneeze, or talk, the virus goes into the air and stays airborne or remains on surfaces for up to two hours, ready to infect anyone in the area.

In addition to the virus itself, there can be additional complications due to the disease that in extreme cases can cause blindness and even death.

What do I do if someone with measles has been in my home or business?

If someone with the measles has been in your home or business, you need to let the local health department know right away along with information about the time period of when others might have been infected. If it’s in your home, you need to let people know who have come into contact with the virus during that time period so anyone unvaccinated can either receive the vaccine or keep an eye out for any symptoms.

What if I am showing symptoms?

If you feel you have the symptoms of measles, call your local health clinic or doctor’s office before going there in order to prevent infecting others. If you do indeed have the measles, your doctor will contact the health department and you will need to give them information on where you have gone while you’ve been contagious. Though there is no cure, you can take fever reducers until it passes.

What do I do if there is an outbreak in my area?

When an outbreak does occur, if you are not vaccinated and cannot be given the shot for one reason or another or are the parent of a child under age one, it is recommended you and your child stay home as much as possible, avoiding public areas where you might become infected.

Measles is so serious a disease that the local health department immediately becomes involved. They talk with infected people to find out when and where other people may have become infected and release that information to the public so others know if they were exposed to the virus.

Measles Decontamination

Consider having the impacted area decontaminated by a biohazard cleanup company. Reduce the risk of becoming infected or spreading the measles by having the space decontaminated. This becomes especially important when the outbreak happens in areas such as schools, church, businesses, healthcare facilities or any other area where many people gather. We at Georgia Clean are equipped to clean and decontaminate measles virus. We use state-of-the-art equipment for measles decontamination.

Questions?

If you have any questions about infectious disease cleanup, check out our webpage or call us at 770-766-4562 and we will be happy to help.