Today the news is filled with story after story on the Coronavirus. Did you know that influenza (flu) in the United States has affected 15 million, 140,000 have been hospitalized, and 8200 deaths have occurred through the end of January 2020 according to the CDC? ServiceMaster of Rochester offers these flu prevention tips for your business and family.
The Center for Disease Control offers many tips for the prevention of the seasonal flu. However, you can take some extra steps in you business or home to prevent the transfer of the flu from person to person. Here are a few tips to make your environment more clean thus reducing the chance of spreading the flu.
Top Flu Prevention Tips for Home or Business…
- Start with washing your hands frequently. Soap and warm water are the key. If you don’t have soap and water available, a alcohol based (60% or more) hand sanitizer can be used until your next hand washing.
- Avoid contact with your eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands.
- Clean the touch points in your office. A simple over the counter sanitizer/disinfectant like Clorox Wipes can be used. Items that are touched by many can spread the flu due to repeated touching or use. The flu bug is then transferred to the next person touching the surface if it is present. Examples include: door knobs, light switches, mouse pads, keyboards, monitors, calculators, desk and cabinet handles, and especially the kitchen, cafeteria, and bathroom surfaces.
- Clean the touch points in your home. Again, these are items that are touched frequently by household members: door knobs, light switches, desk and cabinet handles, appliance handles, and kitchen or bathroom surfaces. Anything that is touched by your family often should be a target of your cleaning.
- Clean your daily use items. Telephone and cell phones are petri dishes for growing microbes all because we fail to clean them on a regular basis. Yet we use them every day.
By practicing good hygiene and cleaning touch points on a regular basis you can reduce the opportunity for the flu to spread. If you have any questions or need sanitizing or restoration services, call ServiceMaster of Rochester at (507) 282-5747.