Throughout the pandemic, the team at Champion Cleaning has been helping apartment buildings and condominiums ensure that lobbies, hallways, and elevators are properly disinfected. We have been providing both electrostatic disinfection and same-day sanitization services for properties in Greater Boston. We have recently received some questions on what the rise in Delta Variant cases might mean for disinfection, cleaning, and more.
COVID-19 Disinfection Protocols
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC and other health organizations have shared tips and important lists of cleaning products that can stop the spread of COVID-19. Part of what made COVID-19 so dangerous is that it spreads quickly is hard to trace, and many individuals can carry/spread it prior to developing symptoms or are completely asymptomatic. Because of this, it was recommended that surfaces in common spaces whether inside businesses, apartment buildings, or other public buildings, receive daily disinfection. The core difference between cleaning and disinfection is what products are being used. When we clean with soap and water, we are not necessarily killing all of the bacteria or destroying all of the viruses, but instead wiping them away. It can be effective, but only to a point. Disinfection involves using products that are designed to destroy bacteria and viruses. The CDC and health organizations quickly tested different cleaning products and made a list of commercial cleaning solutions that were effective against COVID-19.
How To Disinfect Against the Delta Variant
As the pandemic progressed different variations of the virus that causes COVID-19 emerged. Many variations were not as effective at spreading as the original virus. However, the Delta variant seems to spread faster. Some theorize that this is due to Delta generating a larger viral load (this refers to how quickly the virus replicates inside of a host). But this is still being studied. Some studies have reported that individuals with Delta have a viral load 300 times higher than COVID-19, while others have suggested less. Regardless this means we need to be extra vigilant in a few key disinfecting practices.
- Washing Hands: As individuals we must all do our part to practice good hygiene and wash our hands consistently thorughout the day to decrease the chances of viral spread.
- Disinfecting Surfaces: Increased viral load means that we should work harder at disinfecting surfaces especially in common high-traffic areas. Door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, and other surfaces that are touched often in a matter of hours need to be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- Contact Tracing: In the event there is a positive confirmed case of COVID-19 there are a few things that need to be done. Anyone exposed should self-quarantine for up to two weeks or until they have received negative COVID-19 tests. And any common areas that could have been expsoed need to be cleaned professionally.
Same-Day Disinfection Services in Boston
The silver lining for the delta variant is that we are more prepared this time around. We can not let up on good health practices including avoiding crowds, washing hands, and making sure to stay home when we feel sick. Additionally, if your residential property has a positive COVID-19 case, you can call us to set up same-day disinfection.