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What can we expect from 2021?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/14/21 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, COVID-19

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What is the Swiss Cheese Model of Infection Prevention?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/7/21 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us several painful lessons. As of December 2020, the United States is experiencing more than 200,000 cases per day and a new high of 3,000 deaths per day. Initial vaccine deployments are underway, but this is a pivotal time as we move through the current surge. There is still a critical need for infection prevention methods against COVID-19.

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Can COVID-19 Precautions Impact the 2020-2021 Flu Season?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/17/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Flu Prevention, Cold and Flu

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It's been over 100 years since the last major pandemic swept the world, forcing protective measures and human behavior changes to curb the spread. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring tragedy and changes to our everyday lives. 

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Learning from Past Pandemics & Outbreaks

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/3/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Pandemic

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most severe in recent history, it isn't the first pandemic, and it will not likely be the last. All pandemics and epidemics leave some imprint on human behavior; COVID-19 is no exception. While we take lessons from past pandemics, the one lesson to carry into the future will be preparing for future outbreaks.

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How filthy is your phone?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Safetec Products

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Be honest, how often do you clean your phone screen and case?

With COVID-19 still surging worldwide, increased attention has been placed on preventative actions, such as handwashing, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, wearing a facemask, and staying home when sick.

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Choosing the right disinfectant

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/24/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Disinfectant

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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.

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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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How far can a sneeze travel

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Infection Control, Health

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"Bless you!"

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.

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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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