Safety Tips for Attending School During COVID-19

As we ease into a new school year, it is important to keep in mind that there are still risks of exposure to COVID-19. In order to limit the risk, here are some common tips to ensure the safety of you and your family.

Safety Benefits of Wearing Face Masks

There are various school policies currently in place for face masks. Whether it is a requirement or not, students can voluntarily wear a mask if they would prefer to. 

Face masks are most effective for those who have caught COVID and wish to limit its spread. It is recommended that teachers and children who have been exposed to COVID wear a face mask for at least 10 days. 

When planning for your child to wear a face mask to school, it’s important to ensure that it properly fits and is comfortable to wear. Be sure their mask is clean and they have a backup mask in case it gets misplaced or dirty throughout the day. Another tip we suggest is to label your child’s mask to ensure it doesn’t get traded or used by another child.

Safety Benefits of Washing Hands

Frequently washing your hands is still an effective measure against spreading germs and bacteria. This means using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. When combined with keeping hands away from the face, this also helps to slow the spread of the virus. 

Safety Benefits of Staying Home When Sick

If your child tests positive for COVID, they should stay at home. The symptoms of COVID can mimic symptoms of a common cold or flu depending on its severity so it is important to get tested as soon as your child feels sick. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Whether you are running a business, school, organization, or household, Brickley Environmental offers the waste disposal and hazardous material removal that benefits you. We provide the following services: 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Mold Removal 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Demolition & More 

At Brickley Environmental, we offer the services you need to free your property of unwanted materials. Call today and talk to our experts who will explain our services, answer your questions, and provide the right guidance so you can make the best-informed decision.  

For more information about COVID-19, click here to visit the CDC website.

Facts About Monkeypox and How to Stay Safe

 

Monkeypox has exploded around the world with more than 44,000 cases in over 95 countries. While the numbers may seem alarming, there are strong differences between monkeypox and the coronavirus in terms of how it’s spread and its severity to the public. 

Another difference is that while the version of coronavirus or COVID-19 was new when it first appeared in late 2019, monkeypox has been around for centuries and maybe longer. Related to the eradicated smallpox virus, monkeypox is not nearly as deadly nor does it spread in the same way as the coronavirus. 

How Does Monkeypox Spread?

Until the current outbreak, monkeypox mostly spread via close contact with animals that were infected with the virus. This means contact through bites, feces, bodily fluids, or consuming meat that was not properly cooked. 

Although it was first named monkeypox in 1958 because it was found in lab monkeys, the virus is primarily carried by rodents in tropical rainforests. There have been periodic outbreaks around the world, though it is mostly regulated in Africa. 

The current outbreak of monkeypox can be transmitted through very close physical contact, such as skin-to-skin, including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions.

This means that, unlike COVID, sitting right next to an infected person will normally not spread the virus to them. Only close skin-to-skin contact under the above circumstances will do it. 

Monkeypox Symptoms 

A person infected with monkeypox usually takes one to two weeks for symptoms to appear. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and tiredness. However, the most notable symptom of the outbreak is a painful rash often displayed on one’s face, feet, mouth, hands, and genitals. This happens about two to three days after the initial flu-like symptoms. 

A common occurrence in many recent cases is a single lesion on the body. Lesions last for about two to three weeks. Once scabs form and fall off, the person is no longer infectious. 

Death is relatively rare from monkeypox. Of the over 44,000 known cases, there have been only a handful of confirmed deaths. While the spread of monkeypox should be taken seriously, the death rate makes it far less serious than the coronavirus. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

With monkeypox and many other viruses on the loose, it pays to have a professional team of experts on call to answer your questions and provide the right type of information and services. Brickley Environmental has been serving the Southern California area for over 30 years. Experts in asbestos and hazardous waste removal, Brickley Environmental can also answer your questions about possible contamination at your business or residential location. 

Call today and find out more about how Brickley Environmental can help you. We are here to answer your questions, explain our services, and provide the best assistance possible to meet your needs. 

For more information on the monkeypox virus, click here to visit the CDC website.

How to Protect Against COVID-19 Omicron Variant

With the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in California in late November 2021, the state is now preparing for the rise in COVID cases that is sure to follow. While gathering information about this new variant, health officials are already urging people in the state to follow current guidelines. 

The best way to deal with the omicron is to avoid it as much as possible. Preventative methods are still the best insurance against the effects of omicron. People are urged to continue wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to minimize the chance of contact. 

Protection from Omicron

If you are not sure what to do to protect yourself against omicron, here are a few simple steps you can take to help: 

  • Get vaccinated & boosted: You should get the vaccination and if you qualify, get the booster. This will not prevent you from getting omicron, but the studies so far demonstrate that in most people, it will lessen the effects of the virus. Current studies show that the effects of omicron are generally minimal for healthy adults under the age of 65. Seniors and those with compromising health conditions can also benefit from becoming fully vaccinated. 
  • Wear a mask indoors: The virus spreads quickly indoors, therefore wear your mask indoors even if you have been vaccinated. By wearing a mask indoors, you can minimize the possibility of transmitting the virus. 
  • Wash hands frequently & maintain social distancing: The most common way that people catch viruses is when they place their hands or fingers near the mouth, nose, and eyes. By sanitizing the hands, it kills viruses that are present. 

Exposure to Omicron

Get tested as soon as you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Stay at home if you test positive and maintain your social distancing even after you feel good enough to go back to work. Remember that the vaccine does not prevent the virus from infecting your body – it limits the symptoms which helps prevent a more serious condition from occurring. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

To assist in the fight against the COVID-19 omicron variant, you can contact the experts at Brickley Environmental. If you run a business, keeping your office or facility clean is paramount to its success. Let the experts at Brickley Environmental help you by giving them a call today. They have the knowledge, experience, and supplies to help lower the risk of dangerous viruses. They can ensure that you maintain a clean working environment. 

For more information surrounding the COVID-19 virus, click here to visit the CDC website.

COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is often called offers a higher risk for adults who are older along with those who possess underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, and more. The complications of COVID-19, especially for those at risk means it is important to understand how the virus spreads, what you should do, and if you need professional assistance to disinfect your property. 

How COVID-19 Spreads?

Generally speaking, COVID spreads through close contact with other individuals. When someone sneezes, coughs, or even talks, droplets may leave their mouth and touch your skin or clothing. The droplets contain the virus which is highly contagious. When it enters the nose, eyes, or mouth, the virus can grow quickly inside your system. 

What makes COVID-19 different from many previous viruses is that it can be spread by those who show no symptoms. This means that you may have COVID and because you have no symptoms may be inadvertently spreading it to friends, family, and co-workers. This is why it is so important to put the proper protections in place. Even if you have no symptoms, the following methods can help protect you and others from the spread of COVID-19. 

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19? 

With no vaccine currently available, you can protect yourself from COVID-19 by employing the following methods. 

  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Wash hands before each meal
  • Keep a safe distance from everyone when possible 
  • Clean and disinfect your home frequently 

In addition, you may want to wear gloves under certain conditions. Plus, if you are feeling sick, stay at home if at all possible. 

Remember that the majority of people who catch COVID-19 may not show any symptoms at all. While most young, healthy people will have few, if any symptoms, those who are vulnerable may suffer considerably harsher effects. This is why protecting yourself is so important. If not for your health, for those who are vulnerable to the virus. 

If you know of someone who has COVID-19 and has been on your property, you may need professional assistance to eradicate the virus. This is where the professionals at Brinkley Environmental are here to help. 

Why Contact Brinkley Environmental? 

If you know or suspect that COVID-19 might be in your home, office, or facility, Brinkley Environmental can help. Brinkley Environmental specializes in disinfecting properties of viruses, germs, bacteria, and more. When you call, the friendly, courteous staff will listen to your needs, explain the services provided, and answer the questions you have about our services. 

At your request, we can send out a representative to inspect the property and provide a free estimate for our disinfecting services. If you accept, a team of trained professionals will arrive to rid your home, office, or facility of COVID-19. Plus, we offer other eradication services to meet the needs of your residence or business. 

Fully licensed, professionally trained, and properly equipped, Brinkley Environmental is the one to call when you have concerns about COVID-19 on your premises.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov

Stay Safe When Renovating During COVID-19

Whether you started a renovation project before COVID-19 and social distancing went into effect or you urgently need a plumber today, you may need to bring contractors into your home at some point. If you decide to move forward with a renovation or repair, you’ll want to be extra careful for the safety of both you and your contractors.

Have Online / Virtual Meetings When Possible

Many homeowners halted renovations when the pandemic hit. However, consultations, walk-throughs, and initial meetings are happening online. Talk to your contractors and ask if they’ve been using any virtual workarounds for providing estimates, quotes, and design work. A video call could help avoid at least one unnecessary trip inside the house.

Communicate with Your Contractors

Before you move forward, ask your contractors what precautions they’re taking in light of the pandemic.

Try asking the following questions:

●How do you plan to keep my family safe while you’re working here?

●Does your company have a written policy or procedure for performing work at private residences during the pandemic?

●Who will enforce those policies?

Your contractors may also want some assurance from you to make sure they’re entering a safe work environment. Be prepared to talk about your own protocol for cleanliness. Both you and your contractors should be following CDC guidelines. That includes wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently. Regularly disinfect high-contact surfaces like countertops and doorknobs and make hand sanitizer available at entry points to the house. And remember: You wouldn’t want a sick worker coming into your home, so don’t let a contractor work in your home if you or someone else in the house is sick.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect that your home may be contaminated with COVID-19, contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge and experience to identify and remove the virus that may be present. Over the years, we have worked with home and business owners just like you to ensure that their properties are safe from contamination. Call our offices today and we will listen to your concerns, explain our services, and inspect your property at your convenience. At Brickley Environmental, we understand the dangers of COVID-19 contamination and what it can do to the health of those living or working on the property.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov