National Disinfection Services is a leading expert in the disinfection of coronaviruses. We provide emergency service throughout the nation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Coronavirus COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updated information as quickly as possible.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV); and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2 based virus) is an RNA based enveloped virus. Enveloped viruses contain a lipid membrane on the cell wall which adheres to the host cell in order to proliferate. This being the case, the cell wall is easily penetrable to most common disinfectants. Common EPA approved disinfectant makeup can be Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Phenolic Based products and some Hydrogen Peroxide based formulas.
Transmission of COVID-19:
Coronavirus is most commonly transmitted from person to person, through droplet nuclei spread out from breathing, coughing or sneezing. Droplets can remain suspended in the air for extended periods and are highly respirable. It can also be spread through contact on surfaces. The virus can remain viable on surfaces from several hours up to 9 days depending on ambient conditions, amount of moisture in droplets, etc. The virus is believed to be most contagious in a person when their symptoms are evident. However, it’s possible that they may be contagious before and after visible signs of symptoms. People who no longer test positive for the virus may still be infectious according to some of the research. Information on the transmission of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is being updated as doctors learn more about the virus and how it spreads. We will continue to provide the most up to date information as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Personal Protective Equipment PPE:
Technicians are required to don full Level “C” personal protective equipment during the decontamination of contaminated zone procedure in areas where cases have been confirmed. Splash resistant coveralls, shoe covers, double gloves, full face Air Purifying Respirator (APR) or Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR). Coveralls should be decontaminated with electrostatic spray prior to doffing and disposal. Level “D” PPE is sufficient in unaffected/pre-emptive disinfection projects & for final surface wipe of contaminated zone areas.
The CDC advises that the following precautions are taken to lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
The following information from the CDC is provided to help increase public awareness of the novel coronavirus. We will update this information as quickly as possible when it becomes available.
Situation in U.S.:
Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan. During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.
Both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.
Reported community spread of COVID-19 in parts of the United States raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for COVID-19 for those communities. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high, to the United States and globally.
At this time, however, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States. However, it is important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed.
Current risk assessment:
For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure. Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.
What May Happen:
More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in communities in the United States. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur.
Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.
Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of this virus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus in the United States. CDC is operationalizing all of its pandemic preparedness and response plans, working on multiple fronts to meet these goals, including specific measures to prepare communities to respond to local transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. There is an abundance of pandemic guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic that is being repurposed and adapted for a COVID-19 pandemic.
At National Disinfection Services we want to provide you with the most current information about the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit each of our resource pages on Coronaviruses & COVID-19 located at our top menu bar for more information and continuous updates. To see live tracking of coronavirus cases click Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Tracker Live Updates, for the CDC’s updates visit CDC Response to Coronavirus COVID-19, for videos about coronavirus, including symptoms & how to protect yourself, please go to our page – CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Helpful Videos – where you can watch these informative videos, and for National State specific coronavirus updates please go to National State Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Page.
For a detailed description of each of the Disinfection Services we offer, please refer to our Services pages, which are listed in the top menu on this page. For additional information concerning viruses, bacteria, and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus COVID-19, as well as the symptoms and transmission, please view our Helpful Information page and our page on Virus or Bacteria.
At National Disinfection Services we want to provide you with the most current information about the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit each of our resource pages on Coronaviruses & COVID-19 located at our top menu bar for more information and continuous updates. To see live tracking of coronavirus cases click Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Tracker Live Updates, for the CDC’s updates visit CDC Response to Coronavirus COVID-19, for videos about coronavirus, including symptoms & how to protect yourself, please go to our page – CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Helpful Videos – where you can watch these informative videos, and for New York State specific coronavirus updates please go to New York State Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Page. For a detailed description of each of the Disinfection Services we offer, please refer to our Services pages, which are listed in the top menu on this page. For additional information concerning viruses, bacteria, and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus COVID-19, as well as the symptoms and transmission, please view our Helpful Information page and our page on Virus or Bacteria.
We Are Leading Experts in Disinfection
National Disinfection Services specializes in the disinfection of germs, viruses, bacteria, superbugs, MRSA, Coronaviruses, Listeria, Hepatitis, Norovirus, Histoplasmosis, C-Diff and other viruses, bacteria and infectious diseases. We are experts in all forms of disinfection and provide complete emergency disinfection remediation and cleaning services for New York and Connecticut 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in need of disinfection services, please call us today. We understand the challenges facing our customers when they contact us, and we will do our utmost to assist you every step of the way. We will perform a No-Obligation inspection and provide you with a detailed estimate of the work to be performed. We will assist you in negotiating with your insurance carrier. National Disinfection Services is a fully insured corporation and all of our technicians are trained and certified. National Disinfection Services is here to help.