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May 2020

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COVID-19 and Asbestos-Related Illnesses – How Should You Cope?

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COVID-19 is at the forefront of the media right now, and it is on the minds of everyone. What is it? How do I keep myself safe? Below we will help answers some questions on what to do if you have an asbestos-related illness.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can range in severity. Some may only have mild infections, while others may need hospitalization. It is more dangerous for those that have compromised immune systems, are older, and have respiratory illnesses. People with asbestos-related illnesses fall into the at-risk category. Asbestos-related illnesses already cause trouble breathing so that COVID-19 can cause you a lot of new problems. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has tested positive, call your doctor as soon as you can. It is essential that you are monitored.

How Do I Keep Safe?

People who have an asbestos-related illness already know how important it is to keep themselves healthy and away from the cold, flu, or pneumonia. This illness is no different. It is crucial that you wear a mask in public and try to stay home. If you need help, ask a friend or family member to help you with shopping and picking up medications. The less you have to go out, the better. You should be in contact with your primary care physician and listen to any information they give you.

Limiting interactions with people in public is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. It is also important to wash your hands and keep your home disinfected at all times. If you do become ill, see your doctor immediately. Having a respiratory illness while also having asbestos-related illnesses can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you have a fever or have trouble breathing go to the hospital.

Being in isolation can have its downside, so it is important to keep busy while in your home. Keep a routine. Exercise, call friends and family, open your windows to allow the sun to come in, and stay positive.

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Are More Men Being Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Illnesses?

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Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have commonly been diagnosed with men. This has been the trend for decades. People have wondered why men predominantly have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. The main reason is that men worked jobs where they came into direct contact with asbestos fibers. Blue-collar jobs like shipbuilding, railway workers, construction, auto mechanics, and miners were regularly exposed to asbestos. No one knew the devastating effects at the time, and decades later, men were being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other illnesses. While this has been the case for a long time, the tides are changing.

Men and women are both being diagnosed at a high rate. While very few women were initially diagnosed, we are now seeing an influx of women having asbestos-related illnesses. Many ask why this is the case? With more women in the workplace, it is no surprise they are being exposed. Shockingly, there are being exposed to other areas such as hospitals and schools. How is this possible? The older buildings that contain asbestos are starting to breakdown and need remodeling. As the breakdown of the asbestos-containing material, people are being exposed to their workplaces.

There are regulations in place that are supposed to protect workers, but unfortunately, it is not foolproof. We are also seeing younger adults having asbestos-related illnesses. This is usually through secondary exposure or from their own homes having asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that is affecting men, women, and even children at alarming rates.

The best way to protect yourself is through asbestos testing and removal of asbestos from your home or property. Men are still more likely to have asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos exposure is much more common in blue-collar jobs, but more and more women are being exposed. If there is a chance you have been exposed, contact your doctor and let them know. There is a test that can be run and new advances in technology.

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Burning and Asbestos – Information You Need to Know!

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Spring and Summer are the perfect time for cleaning up debris from the nasty Winter. It is additionally a time for remodels and renovations. Many rural areas allow people to burn debris and rubble. This can be great for some, but also dangerous. Many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that no one is exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-containing materials can range from flooring to shingles and walls. During renovations, a lot of the materials you remove could contain asbestos. How do you know? What should you do? If your home has never had an asbestos inspection, that is where you start. A certified asbestos abatement professional will be able to test your home and give you the answers you need. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

Before you begin any renovations or remodels, hire a professional to test your home for asbestos. This way, you know that you and your family are safe. You will also know if it is safe to burn the materials you accumulate during a remodel. Burning asbestos-containing materials is punishable by law and can carry a hefty fine. Asbestos exposure causes cancer and possibly death. Asbestos is very small and cannot be seen, making it even more difficult to know if you have been exposed.

Before you burn any debris from your home, think about the danger it could cause to you and your family. Burning is also illegal in some areas. If you are thinking of burning debris, contact your local fire department first. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you can burn, make sure the materials are asbestos-free. You never want to endanger your family, neighbors, or friends to asbestos, as it is deadly.

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Illegal Dumping of Asbestos – It is A Problem

By Asbestos and Renovations, Asbestos in the home, Asbestos InformationNo Comments

Asbestos is understood to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses, yet it is still being mishandled. All the dangers have caused regulations and laws to be put in place to protect people from asbestos exposure, yet those laws are not being followed. Asbestos removal requires special licensing, as does the disposal of asbestos. Without the licenses, you cannot legally remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials.

In the United States, we are seeing people illegally dumping asbestos. This is punishable by a fine as it is illegal, but it is also putting people at risk. Asbestos exposure can occur from even trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Some do not know they are removing asbestos-containing materials, but more often than not, it is known. Commercial properties must have their buildings tested for asbestos before any remodels, or demolition is completed.

We see a lot of contractors and businesses bypass this crucial step and continue with the remodel or demolition. While this may be saving them a small amount of money, it could be endangering the lives of many people. Illegally removing asbestos does not just harm the contractors and other workers, but it can harm innocent people who live or work nearby.

Asbestos fibers can soar through the air and enter homes and businesses in the vicinity. On top of that, once removed, workers will dispose of it. This can lead to further exposure. Workers will pick up and remove the trash and debris and may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.

Until asbestos is banned in the United States, and people follow the regulations and rules, there will be a chance of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is highly dangerous and should be treated as a danger to everyone. If you own a business, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States. It could save many lives. Always hire a professional asbestos removal company!