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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Fighting Off Cold and Flu Season with Clean Hands

The bitter cold hitting your face and mounds of snowfall at your feet is the first indication to start staying indoors and turn the thermometer up a few notches – but it’s also a warning sign that cold and flu season has arrived. With the chill outside trapping everyone inside, germs spread more quickly and can wreak havoc at home and within schools, but is best known to directly strike the hustling and bustling workplace.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Influenza, Flu

Call Into Work Sick....Please!

Did you know, 90% of office workers come to work when sick. Even worse, they know their coughing and sneezing may be infecting others, but 45% said an ever-growing workload makes it necessary.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Improving hand hygiene compliance, Absenteeism, Hand Hygiene Communication, Viruses, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, CDC, Germs in the office, Hand Washing Behavior

How To Avoid The Flu This Season

The flu season is upon us once again. This year, Center of Disease Control (CDC) is urging the public to take 3 actions. Their “Take 3” Actions To Fight The Flu include:

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Posters, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, Flu Vaccine, Global Hand Washing Day

Flu Shot Not Effective for Seniors: Hand Hygiene Best Defense

The flu shot has provided a false sense of security for many seniors this season and reminded us all about the importance of hand hygiene.

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Topics: Influenza, Seniors, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Vaccine, CDC

Respiratory Viruses and SARS on the Wing

While winter is on the wane, our viruses of winter are still not finished with us yet. With a few more months of the cold and flu season left, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is trying to rear its all too ugly head. As the CDC pointed out in the video attached to the blog of a few weeks ago, besides norovirus, wintertime brings a host of respiratory infections including Influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus, and viruses responsible for viral pneumonia. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, SARS, Coronaviruses, Airborne Flu Viruses, Infection Control Measures, Viruses, Epidemic, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Flu, Viruses of Winter, Flu Transmission, CDC, Respiratory Viruses, Barry Michaels

Keep Your Droplets to Yourself!

“JOHNNY” yells his mother “How many times do I have to tell you to cover your mouth when you cough!” “Sorry mom!” Johnny yells back…. 

 

Growing up, my mom was a nurse. My brother and I just thought her reflexive “Cover your mouth”, “Wash your hands” was the nagging rite of passage nurse-moms have over their kids. We rarely responded with a “Yes, mom!” The usual response from us would be rolling of the eyes, shrugging of the shoulders and yelling “Whatever!” As an adult, a mom and in a career related to infection prevention and control, I realize my mom’s often repeated phrases to cover our mouths and wash our hands were in fact sound guidance not just to teach us good manners, but to help prevent the transmission of disease.


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Topics: Virox, Transmission of disease, Nasal secretions, Viruses, Disinfecting, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection prevention, Flu, Bacteria

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