Coronavirus isn’t the only disease ministries need to be aware of right now. Mold and Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease) are byproducts of excess moisture and a reduction in water use when buildings or parts of buildings sit empty for an extended amount of time. If any parts of your church, school, camp, or college campuses have been unoccupied over the past few months, you’ll want to review these preventive measures as you work to wipe out both microbial health hazards before you gather again.
Mold can grow wherever there is moisture. Leaky pipes or roofs, even excess humidity, can lead to mold growth on hymnals, walls, ceilings, and more. It can be difficult to spot and is easily spread if you’re not careful. Mold is especially a concern for people with asthma and respiratory illnesses or who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.*
If your building hasn’t been fully occupied during the past few months, you’ll want to check some common culprits for mold.
Legionnaires' Disease is a severe form of pneumonia. This lung disease is caused by the bacteria Legionella, which can be found in water that’s been stagnant in pipes, fixtures, and water heaters.*
Before regathering inside your building, consider the following simple steps as you seek to make sure your water is safe to use.*
For more information on Mold and Legionella, review this article from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html
*“Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated 7 May 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html.
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