Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19; The Global Pandemic in Your Backyard

COVID-19 is the medical name for a novel coronavirus that is spreading across the globe. Originating in Wuhan, China; COVID-19 has now spread to one hundred thirty-two countries on six continents. Antarctica remains unaffected. The World Health Organization has declared this event a global pandemic; the first one
since the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, which saw an estimated half-million casualties globally. At the time of this writing, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over five thousand people, while the number of active cases continues to reach new heights. Epidemiologists don’t know how long it will last or how many people it will ultimately affect.

The symptoms for COVID-19 can easily be mistaken for other common illnesses, with infected individuals experiencing fatigue, fever, cough, runny & stuffy noses, sore throats, and body aches. These symptoms are also common with allergies. We hit the jackpot in 2020, with flu season and allergy season running on currently.

The most obvious question is: How do you know if you should worry about the symptoms that you
are experiencing?

The main symptom that presents in COVID-19 that will usually not be present in other ailments is shortness of breath. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), if you think you have been exposed to the  coronavirus and develop symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath, call your
healthcare provider for medical advice.

The second question that comes to mind is: How can we stop this from spreading?

Individuals following some basic protocols can help to deter the spread of this virus.

For sick individuals:
1.     Stay home except to get medical care.
2.     Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
3.     Wear a facemask
4.     Cover your coughs and sneezes
5.     Wash your hands often
6.     Avoid sharing personal household items
7.     Clean all high-touch surfaces
8.     Monitor your symptoms

For healthy individuals:
1.     Do not leave home if you don’t have to.
2.     Limit time in public places.
3.     Avoid large gatherings.
4.     Wash your hands often
5.     Clean all high-touch surfaces

6.     Keep 14 days of necessary food, water, and medicine stocked up at home.

What happens if you are exposed to COVID-19 or any other contagious disease?

Sometimes it’s warranted to hire a professional to come and sanitize the affected surfaces. 
Savage Restoration should be #1 on your referral list to assist your clients in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

You will receive superior service from Savage Restoration. 
Savage Restoration is always willing to help you help your insured’s get their properties back to a pre-loss condition. Whether it be WATER, FIRE, MOLD or BIOHAZARD property damage we are “There When You Need Us”.

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