Flu season is in full swing right now with already a number of deaths reported in 2018. Two weeks ago, a fourth grade boy Nico Mallozzi passed away from flu complications after he was rushed to the hospital because he started feeling sick.
This is not the only case, this flu season alone has already taken the lives of 20 children across the United States and continues to spread panic for schools and businesses.
No one is completely immune to the flu, even by having good hygiene, exercising regularly and eating healthy the flu can still be contracted.
According to the New York Times, “almost 6 percent of all Americans seeking medical care now have flu symptoms. That is tracked by the C.D.C.’s Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, to which about 2,000 doctors’ offices and clinics around the country report weekly how many of their patients have fevers of at least 100 degrees plus a cough or sore throat.”
Here is a view of the flu map created by the CDC.
There are three different types of the flu, Influenza A, B, and C.
Influenza A: This one is the most dangerous of the bunch, which is commonly found in wild birds and can be transmitted to humans causing outbreaks.
Influenza B: Unlike influenza A, humans are the host for influenza B and are the only ones affected. Although, it is less dangerous then influenza A, it can still be extremely harmful.
Influenza C: The least harmful type of the flu, found in humans. Typically, does not cause extreme sickness or epidemics.
Historically, the flu season is during the fall and winter months with many experts saying this season could be the worst we’ve ever seen.
What can you do to minimize the risk of catching and spreading the flu?
Get a Flu Shot
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first step to combat the virus. Children and pregnant women are more susceptible to getting the virus and their for should take more precautions to stay safe. Anyone over the age of 6 months should be getting vaccinated.
If you dont know where to get a flu shot, check out Vaccine Finder.
Wash and sanitize your hands
It is important to wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can. The flu spreads very rapidly and is easily transmitted. Think of all the things we touch throughout the day, keyboards, books, faucets, light switches, door nobs, phones and many other applications.
Here is an article written by the CDC about washing your hands properly. Did you know washing your hands can save lives?
Properly sanitize and disinfect facilities focusing primarily on touch points
Use cleaning chemicals in your facility to mitigate the risk of spreading viruses. Disinfectant products and microfiber rags will clean up most if not all of the viruses in your facility. H2Orange2 crafted by Envirox is an amazing product using hydrogen peroxide and orange oils. This product is a cleaner, sanitizer, degreaser, virucide, which can handle 95% of your general cleaning.
If you want to get into more of the high tech side of disinfecting look no further then the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer (comes in a backpack version as well). Here is a demo from our YouTube Channel showing reduction rate of the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer an amazing piece of equipment that makes disinfecting and sanitizing very easy and fast.
Purell also makes a great disinfectant products for 3 different industries. Here are the links showing what each of these products does and which one is right for you.
Keep your distance from those who appear sick and if your sick, stay home!
This is very easy to do! Don’t spread the virus, just stay home! Make sure to cough and sneeze into a tissue! Wash your hands!
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