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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Hand Washing Reduces Your Chance of Catching a Cold by 45%

 

Winter – that’s roast lunches by the open fire of a Sunday pub, snowball fights with the kids (if we’re lucky to have snow), and Christmas markets. Winter – that’s also the time of the year when many of us are especially susceptible to falling ill with colds or the flu – and, unfortunately, our workplaces are where the germs and bacteria responsible for these illnesses can spread with ease.

 

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Topics: Handwashing, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Hand Washing Behavior

Warning Nasty Flu Season Ahead

 

Reading the articles about the 2017-18 flu season, you’ll see headlines like “potential for nasty winter season”, and “why we may be in for a miserable flu season”. (I don’t think I’ve seen a “good” flu season). During every flu season there are hospitalizations and deaths that occur.  

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season

The Car Interior Microbiome: Gas Station As An Infection Control Hotspot

 

When we get into our cars there are several things that go through our minds from the expectant traffic jams, price of gas through to if the hills of Scandinavia actually smell like the spruce tree air-freshener hanging from the mirror. What we don’t normally think about is the possibility of acquiring infectious microbes along our drive. The risk of infections increases with presence of the microbe, opportunity and exposure time. With regards the latter, if statistics are correct, we spend an average of 90 minutes in our cars each day that equates to 6 months per lifetime.

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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, car interiors, infection control, gas stations

Surviving Flu Season in Schools: A Teacher's Guide

 

As halls and classrooms flood with students and staff, a clean school can quickly transform into a breeding ground for bacteria. Whether students are sharing markers in art class or passing basketballs in the gymnasium, children’s hands pick up dangerous germs that can spread the flu, colds and other diseases. This can lead to school outbreaks and frequent absenteeism, negatively affecting student performance and a school’s reputation. 

 

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Topics: Hand Washing, Absenteeism, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, flu season, hand hygiene in schools

How To Teach Hand Hygiene At School on Global Hand Washing Day

 

Each year on October 15th, over 200 million people in over 100 countries take part in celebrations to mark Global Handwashing Day. This year the theme is Our hands, our future! This theme reminds us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. 

 

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Education, Absenteeism, Global Handwashing Day, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas, Global Hand Washing Day, Hand hygiene for children

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

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