Infection Control & First Aid Blog

Can Floodwaters Put You At Risk For Infection?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/12/18 8:45 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Infection Control, Infection Prevention, Disease

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We all know how devastating hurricanes can be for a city. Flooding destroys homes and businesses, leaving people without jobs and places to live for days, even months, at a time. One of the most recent hurricanes, Hurricane Harvey, may cause more issues than structural damage to the people of Houston, Texas.

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History of Influenza: How Far Back Does It Go?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/7/18 8:45 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Influenza Season

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There have been many pandemics of the flu in the recent past. But how far back can we track influenza? Since the symptoms of the flu are similar to other respiratory diseases, it is hard to decipher the two throughout history. Influenza comes from the Latin language meaning "influence," referring to the cause of the disease.

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How Did the Flu Impact the Winter Olympics?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/1/18 9:15 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Cold and Flu

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According to the CDC, the flu is now an epidemic. This season’s flu was just as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. But how far is the flu spreading? There are reports of the flu in North Korea and South Korea to be just as bad as the United States. Of those people visiting their health care providers in South Korea, 60%- 70% have reported influenza-like illness. In North Korea, 126,574 people had flu-like symptoms, while 81,640 were confirmed. With North Korea carrying a deadly strain of the seasonal flu, there have been four reported deaths caused by influenza. One death was an adult, while three were children under the age of five.

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What Are Cold-Related Illnesses?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/18 8:45 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy

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No matter where you live, chilling temperatures can have a severe effect on the human body. Cold-related illnesses and injuries can be very painful. Everyone should be aware of the following possibilities.

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What Causes Chapped Lips?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/18 9:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Safetec Products, Personal Care

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The Winter season is best known for cold temperatures and chapped lips. Chapped lips can be painful due to dryness, cracking, flaking, tenderness, itchiness, and soreness. These are all common because of poor lip care practices.

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The Flu Can Cause Severe Complications

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/5/18 9:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Influenza Season, Cold and Flu

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Everyone has a different reaction to the flu when it comes to the symptoms and recovery time. That we all know, but not everyone knows about the complications that can arise from having the flu. Those people that are at a higher risk of severe flu complications are young children, adults of the age 65 or older, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.

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Is the Flu Contagious Through the Air?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/18 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Influenza Season, Flu Prevention, Cold and Flu

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The flu virus is known to spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching surfaces. But new research from the University of Maryland in College Park shows something new. People with the flu can spread the virus into the air around them just by breathing. Their research shows those who are infected with the virus generate tiny droplets that stay suspended within the air for a long time. This is true even when they aren't coughing or sneezing and happens the most within the first few days of illness.

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Cold Season is Here, Learn How To Protect Yourself

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/24/18 9:15 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Cold and Flu

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A sick man lying on the sofa in the living room.jpegIt's that time of year again when most people start to get what doctors call the common cold. Usually, it starts with a sore throat followed by a runny nose. The next thing you know, you are missing school or work because of your cold.

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2017 - 2018 Flu Season: How Bad Is It?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/18/18 9:15 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Cold and Flu

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The United States isn't experiencing the average flu season. Americans are suffering from one of the most severe flu seasons ever reported in U.S. history. The entire continental U.S. shows widespread activity at this point and experts are saying the country isn't ready for a severe epidemic

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DOT CFR49 and UN3373 Compliance

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/18 8:45 AM / by Jordan Weinstein posted in Standards & Compliance

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Two different regulations were made as a guide for the rules that need to be followed when working with hazardous materials to ensure that biological and infectious substances are appropriately handled and shipped safely. As part Title 49, the Department of Transport (DOT CFR49), was made to issue some requirements that shippers of these materials need to follow. Section 137 goes explicitly into details about the different packaging methods in regards to various modes of transportation, the different specifications and the responsibilities of the shippers. UN3373 Category B packaging regulations were also made to individually handle biological and infectious substances, which goes together with the CFR 49 requirements. This packaging needs to include the container to hold the material, a material that is wrapped around the container in case of spills, and an outer packaging container for it to be transported in.
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