COVID-19 and Flu Remediation
As you know Los Angeles has become the nations center in the fight against COVID-19. If you or someone in your office has been infected or suspect infection, remediation is needed and should take place quickly. Oranges & Lemons suggests the following protocol for disinfecting your space.
1) Masks & Goggles/Face shield Required
If someone in your home has been infected with COVID-19 or the flu, wearing a mask will help reduce the likelihood that the virus will spread within your household. The CDC recommends masking along with isolation to protect everyone in the household. A face shield or googles could also be helpful for the person who may be interacting with the infected person. While gloves and shoe covers could be helpful to reduce the spread of the virus, a full protective gown may not be needed since the virus is not spread through contact with the skin.
2) Air Purification
We have always recommended the use of air purifiers in DTLA. It's a dusty neighborhood, and the regular use of a air purifier will help control dust. This tool will also help control the virus. More and more scientific evidence points to the virus being air born. A HEPA filter is the best option, but if you don't have that, you can make your own simple air purifier using a MERV 13 filter and box fan which will capture 90% of the virus in the air. Check out videos on Do it Yourself air purifiers for instructions. If you can't get a hold of an air purifier, the last resort would be to keep the windows open (weather permitting) or at least periodically open the windows to increase circulation and reduce the viral load indoors.
Before you can kill the virus, you must clean the surfaces to ensure it is uncovered. Spraying a disinfectant without cleaning first reduces the efficacy of the cleaner because that virus might be protected by a thin layer of dust or dirt. Soap and water will kill most of the virus, but effective disinfection will result in eliminating 99.9% of the virus.
Please know that all of these actions cannot guarantee that the virus will not spread, but will significantly reduce the likelihood of additional infections. These steps will help reduce the viral load in an indoor environment.
Oranges & Lemons offers COVID-19 remediation. Our plan includes air purification before the team arrives to clean and disinfect. Our disinfection team uses electrostatic sprayers to safely and effectively attack and eliminate 99.9% of the virus. For the disinfection to be effective, cleaning is recommended beforehand. Please contact our office to schedule our disinfection service.
Melanie at Oranges & Lemons