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).

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.