CORONAVIRUS

Utah Business Busy Cleaning Homes, Buildings Nationwide During Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 31, 2020, 11:13 PM | Updated: 11:15 pm

LAYTON, Utah – The calls into Utah company Pure Maintenance started ramping up three weeks ago. Since then, their crews have been servicing homes, businesses, hotels, buses and planes across the country, trying to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We can’t stop the virus from spreading person to person,” owner Brandon Adams said. “Where we can help is stopping the spread of the virus from person to surface to another person.”

The company said their dry fog technology qualifies under products the EPA said can be used to kill COVID-19.

“The fog is able to denature mold, bacteria and viruses,” Adams said. “Coronavirus is an envelope virus, which is actually really low on the spectrum of things that are easy to kill.”

It may be easy to kill, but Adams said that is if you can get to it all. He said their second solution focuses on preventing the virus from sticking around if introduced again.

“It actually pierces the outer membrane of the spore of the cell and denatures it on contact,” he said.

Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. is just one of the many buildings the company has serviced recently. The company also sprayed private jets and buses around the country.
Adams said word of the company’s work spread.

“Before you knew it we were doing the Hoover dam visitor’s center, U.S. Capitol building and we are in talks with NASA,” Adams said.

As the whole country deals with concerns about spreading the virus, Adams encouraging people at home to clean surfaces frequently.

“There’s a bunch of household products that will kill the coronavirus,” he said. “The hard part is getting every single square inch of every surface inside of a building because you don’t know where that coronavirus is sitting.”

The company has found the dirtiest places people often overlook when cleaning their homes are keyboards, remote controls and doorknobs.


Coronavirus Resources

See the latest information from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force here.

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Utah Business Busy Cleaning Homes, Buildings Nationwide During Coronavirus Outbreak