Infection Control & First Aid Blog

Fall into healthy habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/17/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Cold and Flu, COVID-19, Infection Control & Prevention

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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 & Prevention

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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 Hand Hygiene, COVID-19, Infection Control & Prevention

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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 COVID-19, Cleaning & Disinfecting, Infection Control & Prevention

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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 COVID-19, Infection Control & Prevention

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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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What is infectious disease?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/25/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in Cold and Flu, Infection Control & Prevention

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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.

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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 COVID-19, Safetec Products & Private Label, Cleaning & Disinfecting, Infection Control & Prevention, Germs & Bacteria

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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 Cold and Flu, Hand Hygiene, COVID-19, Infection Control & Prevention

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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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Buffalo-based company ramping up production of infection control products

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/20 2:36 PM / by Dan Miner posted in COVID-19, Infection Control & Prevention

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Safetec of America is dealing with a significant increase in demand for its infection control products on the back of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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What Can Happen If You Forget To Wash Your Hands?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/19 10:30 AM / by Safetec posted in Cold and Flu, Hand Hygiene, Infection Control & Prevention

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Washing your hands is an essential part of daily routines that can help to keep you safer from potentially harmful microorganisms. There are a wide range of problems that could arise if you do not frequently and adequately wash your hands throughout the day. You could be setting yourself up for various types of illnesses, could be putting other people around you at risk, as well as potentially leading to antibiotic resistance.

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