The idea that pressure cleaning could help deal with hepatitis A may seem a little outlandish, but it can definitely help. The nation is dealing with a sudden spike of this virus. A total of 17 people have died due to the virus, and several people have been hospitalized.
News outlets and city officials have called this an outbreak, which has mobilized several tactics to contain the problem. One of the more surprising tactics has been the employment of power pressure cleaning specialists.
The job is definitely not glamorous. It requires the use of several chemicals, some of which are abrasive enough to force cleaners to wear protective gear. The hours are long and usually performed out in the street, meaning they have to face the sun’s heat all day.
Still, it does not make sense how this job can be helpful against this outbreak at the surface level. Well, there are times when a cleaner has to deal with human feces or urine, especially when cleaning walls. The virus can be carried and passed on through some of these substances. People are not always aware of their surroundings and might step or touch walls containing traces of these substances, which makes this type of service vital against the outbreak.
The population most vulnerable is the homeless population. It is easy to see why this group of people is in danger of becoming infected. Most of them have a hard time accessing a restroom where they can relieve themselves. Of course, many of them also do not have a place to wash their hands.
San Diego, one of the cities hit the hardest by this epidemic, is attempting to fight it in more ways than one. For one, they are setting up more public toilets and hand washing stations than ever before. City officials are also kicking homeless people out of pedestrian sidewalks and other locations frequented by regular folks.
Power washing crews have been contracted to help clean the sidewalks where unsanitary compounds might be embedded into the ground. Some people might find it distressing to hear that homeless tents were removed, and the people were asked to move, but this outbreak could become more dangerous if it is not controlled.
The process of cleaning up pavement or walls is actually completed through a two-step approach. The first thing that happens is the cleaning crew sprays diluted sodium hypochlorite, which most people know as bleach. The solution is pressurized to ensure maximum results.
The solution is left on the surface for 10 minutes before it is re-sprayed with another diluted solution though this particular solution is diluted more than the first one.
The solution is applied using a mist-like application, which helps reduce runoff. Still, cleaning crews do place absorbent materials near storm drains to ensure that none of the solution or residue makes its way into the drains.
Some people are afraid of the solution, which is normal. Cleaning crews wear specialized uniforms, making the solution look dangerous, but the only reason these uniforms are necessary is because regular clothes would stain. Hopefully, some of these actions help halt the outbreak and keep people safe.
If you suspect any Hepatitis A or if you have noticed a spike in treatments for this virus please contact Pelican Pressure Cleaning.