An increase in antibiotic-resistant infections, particularly with children, has been reported throughout the country and the culprit seems to be an overuse of antibiotics. These infections are caused by superbugs, or strains of bacteria that have become resistant to most antibiotics.1 When children—and adults—get sick, it can be quite difficult to determine what illness they’ve contracted.
As a result, physicians will likely prescribe an antibiotic when it may not be necessary. However, this goes against the CDC’s protocol of taking antibiotics only if you absolutely need to. It is also important to note that antibiotics do not work against viruses, and should only be used to treat infections caused by bacteria, such as strep throat, ear, and sinus infections.2
The CDC has also stated that seasonal influenza activity remains lower than usual for this time of year. This may be due in part to the safety measures taken to prevent COVID-19, such as social distancing and wearing masks. However, low influenza cases do not mean we should start easing restrictions. With the pandemic, flu season, and winter conditions all currently aligned, staying safe is more critical now than ever before.
In this blog post, we’ll go over the common symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, and the common cold, as well as how to keep yourself healthy, and how to keep your environment safe and clean. Read more “Protect Yourself and Your Facility Against Common Infectious Diseases During the Winter Months”
With more businesses growing concerned about the environment, there has been a spike in the movement to go green. The cleaning industry itself has been seeing increased demand for green cleaning techniques—a trend likely to be driven by the younger generations.
Another up-and-coming trend to look out for, especially within the cleaning industry, is the use of robotics and automation. Autonomous vacuum cleaners are all the rage lately, and now, major companies including Samsung and Toyota have started testing the use of home-cleaning robots.
The green movement and utilization of robotics and automation are both driving forces in today’s market—across multiple industries. Businesses would be wise to adapt and implement these changes in order to keep up with the rest of the world. In this blog post, we’ll be covering both trends, why they’re important, and what we can expect from both of them in the future. Read more “Trends in the Industry: Green Cleaning, Robotics, & Automated Cleaners”
With new variant strains of SARS-CoV-2 emerging in the United States, the public is left frantic with fear. Some of you may be wondering if current cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be as effective. Thankfully, the EPA has just recently reported that the disinfectants available on List N are capable of killing these newer strains.
The EPA, also known as the Environmental Protection Agency, is a federal government agency committed to protecting human health and the environment. As part of their mission, the EPA reviews the safety of chemicals available in the marketplace, which ties into the current pandemic1. In this blog post, we’ll be going over important information regarding disinfectants and the EPA’s List N. Read more “Disinfectants on the EPA’s List N”
With winter here, we are all inevitably spending more time indoors. This means an increase of foot traffic throughout your facility, and with that, an increase of dirt on your carpets. Dirty carpets are not only visually unappealing, but they can also negatively impact your health.
Dirty carpets have been associated with skin rashes, eczema, allergies, respiratory problems, and can even trigger asthma attacks. In this blog post, we’ve put together tips to minimize the amount of dirt produced on your facility’s carpets, which will make way for a cleaner and safer work environment. Read more “Carpet Cleaning Tips for Winter”
Although the ongoing pandemic has forced many employers to turn to remote work, some industries have continued to operate as usual― particularly public transportation. One of the most popular modes of public transportation are buses, which are known for their affordability and flexibility. Read more “How to Keep Buses Clean While in Operation During COVID-19”
When it comes to upholding your building’s presentation, there are many factors to consider. You’ve got to worry about tables, floors, lighting, trash, recycling, replenishment— and that’s just the interior aspect of your building. You’ve also got windows, sidewalks, parking lots, and landscaping as part of your building’s exterior maintenance. While these tasks can seem plentiful and overwhelming, there is help available at your disposal. Your building’s entryway is the first thing a client sees before they walk inside, and if you prefer to retain rather than deter them, then daily upkeep is needed.
Read more “What is a Day Porter and Why Might You Need One?”
As we approach the new year, there is no better time to clean up and organize your office space. This is a great habit to build and maintain as there are significant benefits tied along with it. Having a clean area to work in creates a sense of self-efficacy, maximizes productivity, decreases stress levels, and improves overall wellbeing. Cluttered desks, on the other hand, have been linked to procrastination, higher stress levels, and reduced self-confidence. If your initial thought when you sit down at your desk is, “Where do I begin?”, then perhaps it’s time for a desk cleanup.
Read more “Office Organization Tips for the New Year”
Although the long-awaited vaccine is well on its way, the surge of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise as we head deeper into the winter months. The vaccine is set to be given out in phases where frontline healthcare and essential workers will be the first to receive it, followed by adults 65 and over or with underlying medical conditions, and eventually the rest of the general population.
As we all wait for the vaccine’s timely distribution, we must continue to follow safety protocols and keep our spaces properly cleaned in order to help reduce the spread of the virus. One way to ensure your facility is clean and safe is to utilize the power of electrostatic disinfecting technology done by certified technicians who work for a company that has been an industry expert for years, like we are.
Read more “How to Keep Employees Safe Until the COVID-19 Vaccine is Available”
The coronavirus pandemic has been top of mind for the past few months and it shows no signs of ending any time soon. At the time of this writing, the US is in the midst of another surge of positive COVID-19 cases in what officials are calling the third wave. This wave is expected to last several more months and until a vaccine is on the market and ready for use.
For the last several weeks straight, the US has reported more than 100,000 daily infections with more than three quarters hospitalized nationwide. At least 11 of those days topped a 1,000 daily death toll – numbers that have not been seen since the start of the pandemic.
However, it does no good to panic or be overly anxious. There are precautionary measures you can take to help protect the people who occupy your facility as well as measures for immediate implementation if someone tests positive for an infectious disease like COVID-19.
Read more “Why Electrostatic Disinfection is an Excellent Pandemic Remediation Tool”
Recycling has many benefits and not just for the planet. Recycling can help keep communities clean, organizations in compliance with their state’s laws, and lighten the overall environmental footprint to stem the effects of climate change.
While recycling laws vary by state, there are fundamental recycling protocols that can be applied nationwide. As the degradation of our planet increases at a rapid pace, recycling is needed now more than ever. Businesses, schools, and other organizations can help do their part by recycling to lighten their environmental footprint.
Read more “Benefits of Recycling and How to Do Your Part”