Health officials in Canada are advising people to clean and disinfect surfaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to these officials, cleaning homes and workplaces is important as it helps prevent people from coming into direct contact with the deadly virus. The virus can live on surfaces for days. These recommendations have increased the demand for some of the professional cleaning services.
Some of the companies have seen a bump in business while others have not because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the state of emergency in the province, some of the smaller home-cleaning companies in Toronto have not seen a bump in business. Many businesses have closed down. This is because a lot of people in the province are keeping safe at home and now cleaning their own houses.
High-efficiency laundry detergent is another item of interest for those companies offering professional cleaning services. The detergent helps sanitize clothes used by employees while doing their cleaning jobs. Microfiber should be cleaned properly to get rid of bacteria and viruses that may be embedded in the fabric’s pockets.
According to the owner of Green Clean Office Maintenance Inc., (a large janitorial office cleaning service provider in Toronto and serving Scarborough, North York, and the downtown core), business is steady despite the COVID-19 pandemic as most commercial clients are requesting frequent cleaning with stronger cleaning products. Some of the residential cleaning companies have seen most of their clients pause their service, as well as for those businesses that have temporarily shut down.
Nowadays, their clients have more advanced demands. Some clients would like high-touch surface cleaning such as countertops, tables, doorknobs, light switches, and cabinet handles and their kitchen and bathroom surfaces to properly sanitized. It is also becoming very important to ensure that the cleaning teams are safe while doing their cleaning jobs especially when cleaning surfaces that may have been contaminated.
Public Health advised residents to clean and disinfect those objects and surfaces that are touched regularly to help them avoid coming in contact with coronavirus which can survive on smooth surfaces like glass, metal, and plastic for close to nine days, as stated by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
According to Bart Harvey, a Hamilton Associate Medical Officer of Health, contact is the big issue when it comes to coronavirus and this is why he says that they are advising people to thoroughly clean surfaces particularly those surfaces that are commonly used with hydrogen peroxide, alcohol products, and diluted bleach to sanitize these surfaces.
According to the CDC, the spread of the virus from one person to another is a much greater risk but transmission through contaminated surfaces can be equally dangerous. It, therefore, recommends cleaning surfaces daily whenever a person enters or exits your home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus
Here’s some of the most important things you should know about COVID-19:
Health officials discourage international travel amid Coronavirus pandemic. Travelers returning from outside Canada are requested that they self-isolate themselves from others for 14 days upon arrival even if they don’t show any symptoms of Coronavirus.
Symptoms of the coronavirus include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of a cold or flu. COVID-19 can be severe in some people. People who are more likely to develop more severe illnesses include people suffering from chronic diseases and conditions like lung, heart or kidney disease. If anyone experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they should contact public health authorities as soon as possible.
Experts are advising people to cough into their sleeves and wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also advise people to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing whenever they go out (maintaining distances of 2 meters) and minimize contact with others.