Disinfectant is having its moment in the spotlight, due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining a clean facility and home is now essential. With the increased emphasis on disinfected surfaces comes increased misinformation and misconceptions. Purchasing a disinfectant can be challenging as the list of active ingredients are lengthy and often difficult to understand.
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.
It's so ingrained in us to offer this common courtesy after a sneeze, that we rarely think about the impact a person's sneeze can have on our health. Here's the disgusting truth about sneezing and coughing: contagious germs can spread further and faster than you think.
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.
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
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.
To fully appreciate the access to vaccines and understand the importance of infection control as we know it today, we need to take a trip back in time, to 1861, when Louis Pasteur published his germ theory, which proved that bacteria caused diseases. Pasteur's work was then expanded upon by Robert Koch, who began to isolate the specific bacteria that caused certain diseases, such as TB and cholera. Before the development of the germ theory, people did not understand the need for hygiene and sterilization. Illnesses spread, unintentionally, through contamination.
In the healthcare world, there aren’t many things that are more important than practicing proper infection control procedures. One slip up could cause a staff member or patient to contract a life-threatening infection. An outbreak could also bring the CDC down upon your facility and harm your facilities reputation. When it comes to infection control, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you are practicing proper handwashing, proper disinfecting, and wearing appropriate PPE to reduce the risk of dangerous Hospital Acquired Infections.
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.