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A vaccine will help fight but not end the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/8/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in COVID-19

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As COVID-19 infections nearly reach 8 million in the United States, many wonder when life will get back to normal. Most Americans are hinging the return to normalcy on a COVID-19 vaccine being available by early 2021.

Scientists worldwide are working in o verdrive on potential treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 with global infections reaching 32 million. While having a safe vaccine by early
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Fall into healthy habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/17/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Staying Healthy, COVID-19

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The air is getting colder; the leaves are changing color; the faint smell of pumpkin spice is in the air.

Fall is practically here! But unlike autumns past, safety in the Fall of 2020 will have less to do with witches, ghosts, and ghouls and more to do with an invisible threat: COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold (oh my!). Since Fall is a time of transition, now is the perfect time to transform into a creature of habit and fall into patterns that keep you safe and healthy through all four seasons.

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Tackling Hand Hygiene in the Workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/20/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Hand Hygiene, COVID-19

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America is five months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, by now, you should be practicing proper hand hygiene, retired the handshake (at least for now) and have the art of adequate disinfection near perfected. Most of us returned to work as stores and restaurants open, sports resumes, and gather in larger groups. These activities increase the chance of harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2 that cause COVID-19, taking up residence on your hands.

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The new standard in cleanliness

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/13/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, COVID-19

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The rapid growth of COVID-19 from an outbreak to a global pandemic showed how quickly a virus could spread. While we've since learned that COVID-19 is transferred mostly through person-to-person transmission, other underlying causes have played a role. Poor hand hygiene, inadequate cleaning of contaminated surfaces, and travel also factored into the increased surge of COVID-19 cases everywhere

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Prepping for Back to School

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/6/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, COVID-19

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In the midst of a global crisis, it is difficult to see a week into the future, but teachers, administrators, and parents are turning their attention to the fall. In the United States, most schools have been closed since mid-March. The 2020-2021 school year will bring a list of new challenges, from the academic challenges of school closing early last school year to maintaining a clean and safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

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"Preparation is the key to success"

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/23/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Influenza Season, Cold and Flu, COVID-19

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As we inch closer to cold and flu season in the United States, the collision of COVID-19 and the flu seems inevitable. How severe the flu / COVID-19 season will be is still hotly debated. On the one hand, you have nearly 1 million flu-related hospitalizations during a non-pandemic year. On the other hand, the preventative measures and changes in behavior used to fight COVID-19 could help lessen the seasonal flu's impact.

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Feeling Quarantine Fatigue? Here's how to cope

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/18/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in COVID-19

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After months of quarantine and lock down, a combination of warmer weather and the gradual reopening of the economy has more Americans abandoning the #StayHome movement and venturing out for the first time since mid-March. Most of us know social distancing is essential. But a collective desire to get back to work and some sense of normalcy has some of us breaking the pandemic rules. Whether it’s quarantine fatigue or economic panic setting in, it has people starting to buck the guidelines. After all, staying home is stressful, boring, and for many, financially devastating.

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Prepare for additional waves of COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/4/20 9:05 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Flu Prevention, Disinfectant, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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As summer approaches and most cities begin to reopen businesses, there is a shift in our collective spirits. While we are hoping to be on the other side of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need to prepare mentally and physically for a second wave. The biggest takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic: the importance of having your facility (and home) equipped with the correct health and safety supplies for any emergency. With no clear end in sight, it is important now more than ever that employers make emergency preparedness a critical part of everyday business.

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COVID-19 Cleaning: Do’s and Don'ts of Surface Disinfecting

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/30/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Prevention, Disinfectant, Surface, Germs, Health, Cleaning, Virus, SaniZide Pro 1, Coronavirus, Wuhan Coronavirus, COVID-19

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As we continue to face the global Coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves taking the task of cleaning and disinfecting to new heights. With good reason, COVID-19 is easily transmissible through touching infected surfaces in addition to human-to-human transmission.

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Stop! Have you washed your hands today?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/23/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Staying Healthy, Hand Sanitizer, Infection Prevention, Cold and Flu, Hand Hygiene, Germs, Personal Care, Virus, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Hands down! When it comes to fighting the spread of illness, hand washing is the most important thing you can do to keep you and your family safe.  It's a simple enough concept, but did you know there is a wrong way to do it?  There’s no better time than the present to brush up on how and when to wash your hands.

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