Sandy Castillo wants to do her part for the front-line workers helping combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Castillo owns Chateau Cleaners and just announced she will clean the scrubs of area nurses and doctors for free. She says it’s the least she can do to show appreciation through these hard times.
Chateau Cleaners has two locations in Fresno. One at Cedar and Shepherd, and the other at Bullard and West.
Castillo tells the GV Wire by text, “We want to help our healthcare providers so they can focus on saving lives.”
She says all a nurse or doctor needs to do is call her at 559 704-1678 or 559 432-6382 to coordinate a drop-off time.
Castillo says she keeps these quotes on the wall at both of her locations:
“The pandemic devastated our business. But everyday, we see how our medical workers are putting their lives on the line for the community.”
“In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND and always believe something wonderful is about to happen.”
Coronavirus on Clothing
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the new coronavirus is typically transmitted through respiratory droplets rather than through objects and materials that can transfer the virus if they become contaminated, CDC guidelines also note that the virus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, including clothing.
And while researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Montana have studied how long the new coronavirus can survive on cardboard, plastic, and steel, that information is not yet available about fabrics.
Johns Hopkins Medicine says, “So far, evidence suggests that the virus does not survive as well on a soft surface (such as fabric) as it does on frequently touched hard surfaces like elevator buttons and door handles.”
Doctors Fear for Their Families
In a story with USA Today, Dr. Hala Sabry, an emergency medicine physician outside Los Angeles who founded the Physician Moms Group on Facebook said, “We are physically bringing home bacteria and viruses.”
The danger is clear. A March 21 editorial in The Lancet said 3,300 health care workers were infected with the COVID-19 virus in China as of early March. At least 22 died by the end of February.