How to Stop the Flu Virus at Your Door with Healthy Habit Hacks

You know the drill. It’s flu season, so you’re stocking up on Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, and DayQuil (just in case!). Other than being obsessive about washing, sanitizing, and catching every sneeze in a tissue, there are several other ways you can help your whole family stop the flu virus at the door. Educating your kids and building healthy habits can go a long way toward supporting your infection prevention efforts during flu season. Here are some of the best ways to help your family embrace healthy habits. Together, you can keep the fight against infection outside of their bodies [...]

What Are Ebola & Marburg Virus? Advice for International Travelers

While you may be familiar with the most prominent diseases in your hometown – like the flu, E. coli, C. Diff, or strep throat, for instance – if you’re traveling, you’ll be entering into an entirely new germ ecosystem. If you plan to travel abroad or you plan to interact with people who have recently been out of the country, take a moment to educate yourself about the most common communicable diseases in other regions. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published their list of priority diseases. Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease were among the top [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Healthcare, Infection Control|0 Comments

Is the Flu Virus Dangerous? If So, To Whom?

Have you ever had the flu? Unless you’re one lucky duck, you surely have. We all have. Which is why it’s so surprising when you hear a breaking story on the news about the number of people who have died of the influenza virus during the current season. Of course, the flu is an uncomfortable, unpleasant nuisance. We can all agree on that. But deadly? The truth is, between 290,000 and 650,000 die annually from this commonplace virus. In the US alone, 900,000 people were hospitalized with theinfluenza virus last year and 80,000 lost their lives. The question then becomes: [...]

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Family, Healthcare, Infection Control|0 Comments

How Long Does a Virus Last on Inanimate Surfaces?

You work hard to keep your home clean and free of harmful germs. And it’s not an easy task! In fact, one instance of hand contact with a contaminated surface can transfer the pathogen to five more surfaces, or 14 other individuals. Knowing when to use which cleanser or disinfectant on which surface, keeping an eye on everything your sick kid touches, and teaching your family how to prevent the spread of germs could be a full-time job! Creating a health-protecting cleaning routine also requires you to know how long a virus lasts on inanimate surfaces. Though germs, viruses, and [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|Categories: Best Cleaning Practices, Family, Infection Control, Residential Disinfection|0 Comments

Seasonal Allergies: Essential Tips for Keeping Your Home’s Air Clean

Imagine your ideal winter. You're probably picturing crisp, icy mornings, towns covered in Christmas lights, and winding down in front of the fireplace after a long day. You can almost smell the sweet, festive aromas that fill your home in the colder months. But how can you truly enjoy the wonderful smell of pine trees and holiday cookies when your nose is stuffed up and your sinuses are plagued by seasonal allergies? Outdoors, allergens are everywhere – and the dry winter air limit’s your body’s natural ability to fight them off. While seasonal allergies may feel unavoidable, there are several ways [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Air Quality, Best Cleaning Practices, Family|0 Comments

5 Not-So-Obvious Ways Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Can Help Stop the Spread of the Flu

Every year, America’s healthcare professionals treat millions of people affected by the flu. Doctors, nurses, and other staff members naturally have an altruistic interest in eliminating any further spread of this illness. The top techniques for avoiding the accidental spread of influenza are well-known. However, there are additional ways you can help your office fight the germs this flu season. Here are some useful strategies you can add to your workplace toolkit. Adopting Pre-Screening Procedures During flu season, you can limit the spread of the flu by leveraging your everyday scheduling procedures. When taking appointments, ask the patient if he [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: Healthcare, Infection Control|0 Comments