How to Distinguish Between Pathogens, Viruses & Diseases

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With the global spread of the Novel Coronavirus, you have probably heard a lot of companies talking about the services they offer to help fight viruses. However, as we all learn more about infectious diseases, you may also be wondering about varying terminology. For instance, what’s the difference between pathogens, viruses, and diseases? Many companies offer services that claim to fight or protect you from all three. Luckily, our disinfecting experts at FP Property Restoration are here to break down what you need to know about these biological threats, and how they relate to cleaning and other services you may receive.

How to Distinguish Between Pathogens, Viruses & Diseases:

  • Pathogens: A pathogen can be any disease-causing microorganism. This includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. At FP Property Restoration, we offer cleaning and disinfecting to take care of a range of pathogens, especially viruses and bacteria. It’s also worth mentioning that our technicians are licensed to perform mold remediation—a pathogen-related service that many cleaning and restoration companies are not qualified to perform.
  • Viruses: A virus is an infective agent, usually consisting of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat. Viruses are too small to be seen by the human eye, and are only able to multiply once they infect the living cells of a host organism. There are many different kinds of viruses out there, and the current Novel Coronavirus causing the worldwide pandemic is one of many Coronaviruses known to humans. Although you should not believe any company that offers disinfecting service guaranteed to stop the Coronavirus, with the help of our cleaning and disinfecting pros at FP Property Restoration, you may be able to significantly reduce the chance that any infections will occur on your property.
  • Diseases: A disease is any type of disorder or function in a living organism that causes harm. While some diseases only affect specific areas of the body, or manifest in specific symptoms, others can lie dormant for years without a person knowing they are sick. Moreover, while some diseases are the result of physical injury, and others are genetic, some can be developed due to infection from viruses and other pathogens. To wit, the Coronavirus is the pathogen you contract that causes the disease known as COVID-19. While you could technically be a carrier for the Coronavirus and not know it, it is those who develop symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, chills, and shortness of breath that are diagnosed with COVID-19. So, with that in mind, any company that says their disinfection services can help stop COVID-19 is not telling the truth. Technically, what disinfecting can do is help stop the spread of COVID-19. As with all diseases though, treatment and care is a job for a doctor—not a cleaning company.

Hire FP Property Restoration for Professional Disinfecting Service Today

FP Property Restoration is proud to offer home and business disinfectant services to help keep your property safe. With methods approved by the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency, we have everything your commercial or residential property needs to stay as clean as possible and reduce the chance that any infections will occur. Remember to continue practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines as much as possible for the near future, and don’t hesitate to call FP Property Restoration anytime for 24/7 emergency service. By all stepping up and doing our part, we will get through this!

Call (888) 408-2335 now to schedule an appointment with FP Property Restoration, or click here to send us a message online.

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