Bloomberg Law
March 24, 2020, 6:45 PM

The Sky-High Cost of Disinfecting American Businesses

Tiffany Kary
Tiffany Kary
Bloomberg News

Six workers wearing hazmat suits, full face respirators, and two layers of gloves jumped out of a truck and prepared to enter a small office building at 9 p.m. one evening in mid-March. Bill Ciaccio, a 40-year-old operations manager for biohazard cleanup company Aftermath Services LLC, had gotten a call about a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus a few hours earlier. The business, hoping it wouldn’t have to cease operations for too long, needed its offices disinfected right away.

Ciaccio first advised the client on how to prepare: Clear out all employees and wait a few hours to let any airborne particles settle. ...

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