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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

5 Handy Hacks to Help You Survive Cold and Flu Season

 

Take out your sweaters and prepare for sniffles – cold and flu season is upon us. Starting in October and dragging out until May, the seasonal flu can hit at any time. In 2014-2015, Canada saw more than 43,000 cases of the flu – nearly doubling the previous year[1]. Considering that 80 percent of common infections – including the flu – can be spread through contaminated hands, there’s never a more important time to remind yourself, coworkers, family and friends the importance of hand hygiene.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Infection prevention, Flu

How Strong Are You Against The Flu?

Healthcare institutions in the Northern Hemisphere are being flooded with patients exhibiting the same outward symptoms of coughs, breathing troubles, and in some severe cases, pneumonia.  It’s an annual quasi-epidemic that can cripple even the hardiest hospital.  Sadly, instead of acknowledging the reality of the situation, we tend to call this recurring phenomenon, “flu season.”

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention

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

Hand Washing vs. Hand Sanitizer in the Fight Against Norovirus

What do bedbugs and norovirus have in common?  Well recent research has found that like norovirus, it may take only from one to 10 bugs to cause a full-blown infestation. 

 

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Topics: Gastrointestinal Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Hand Sanitizer Effectiveness, Norovirus, Winter Vomiting Disease

Bump The Handshake For Hand Hygiene

In the context of human exchange, nothing is as versatile as the handshake. Dating back to the 5th Century BC, the practice has become one of the most common customs to meet and greet as well as demonstrate congeniality. 

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Hygiene Education, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Flu Prevention, Flu Transmission, Bacteria, CDC, Germs in the office, Handshake

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