- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On January 10, 2020
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Influenza outbreak has been on the rise over the past decade and researchers say the 2019-2020 flu season is on schedule to be one of the worst recorded in recent years. As of a report published at the close of 2019 (December 28th), the CDC found that 45 of 50 states are already experiencing “widespread flu activity.” State epidemiologists are staying very busy this year keeping these reports up to date.
The flu is an inconvenience for the general public; but for some of the population, the flu is deadly. Already, 2,900 flu-related deaths have been reported in the United States. That is almost as much as the traffic-related death toll for the entire state of Texas for a whole year. And flu season is only about halfway through. Flu “season” in Texas generally begins in October or November, peaking in December or as late as February, and continues until temperatures begin to rise in April or May.
Those at greater risk of complications from influenza include:
Children under five (and especially those under two)
Adults age 65 and older
Individuals with chronic illness (including heart, lung, or kidney disease)
Individuals with weakened immune systems (for instance, people undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy)
As you can see, the percentage of the population that has the potential for contracting a life-threatening case of the flu is quite large. This is why it is up to everyone to take precautionary steps against contracting or spreading germs. So what can you do to be on the offence against flu?
Get the flu shot. This is especially recommended for anyone in those high risk categories (who is able to do so). But what if you’re not considered “high risk”? Get the flu shot anyway! Many vulnerable individuals, such as babies under six months of age, cannot get the flu shot. By protecting yourself, you are protecting them as well.
Wash your hands. This cannot be overemphasized. Use warm, soapy water to wash your hand after using the restroom, touching contaminated surfaces, blowing your nose, or coughing into your hands. Wash for a full 30 seconds (about the amount of time it takes to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”). When soap and running water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
Call Sonlight Cleaning Services to take care of your buildings. Did you know that the flu virus can survive on hard surfaces for a full 24 hours? Surely you would do something about it if someone spilled a cup of coffee on your entryway floors–even one employee slipping and falling could harm your company’s productivity or worse! Even more important is to keep your building free of the hazards you cannot see. Just because you can’t see the millions of germs living on your entryway door handles does not mean they’re not there, ready to infect you, your employees, and your clients or visitors!
You cannot control whether or not the people who visit your facilities get their flu shot or wash their hands. But you can control what commercial cleaning company you choose to work with to care for your facilities. One option that we offer is to use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer. The sprayer features electrostatic technology allowing disinfectants to wrap conductive surfaces with better coverage. There is no need for our staff to touch or wipe surfaces being disinfected reducing the risk of Cross contamination. Our team members are also trained in the most up-to-date cleaning protocols and we don’t rush when it comes to important details like sanitizer dwell time (if you aren’t familiar with that term, this flu season is the time to get informed)! When you have Sonlight Cleaning Services on your team, you can trust that at least one of these three anti-flu weapons we’ve listed is good to go. Our goal is to keep you flu-free and ready for another great year!