Week six of flu season in the US saw a slight decrease in visits to healthcare providers for those suffering from influenza-like illnesses and symptoms. However, all regions throughout the US are still dealing with more cases than usual.
Geographically, widespread flu outbreaks have been reported in 48 states and Puerto Rico. The remaining two states, Hawaii and Oregon, are currently dealing with only regional outbreaks—a step below widespread. The overall hospitalization rate for influenza patients increased to 41.9 per 100,000 cases. These numbers echo timelines of previous seasons.
The threshold for an outbreak to be considered an epidemic is a 7.3% mortality rate. Currently, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is only 6.8%. Over the course of the season so far, there have been 14,000 deaths and 250,000 hospitalizations worldwide.
It’s vital that flu season is taken seriously in every workplace, and that means practicing basic hygiene and providing clean and sanitary working conditions.
Here are some tips to promote a healthier, safer workplace and minimize sick days among employees.
- Encourage employees to get flu shots or provide them on-site if possible
- Install hand-sanitizer stations throughout your building for employees to easily clean their hands
- Make it clear that sick employees should stay home to avoid the spread of infection in the office
- Use a professional cleaning service to ensure your workplace is fully sanitized and disinfected
- Maintain proper air filtration and ventilation systems to keep clean air flowing into your building
If your workplace isn’t already being protected by a dependable commercial cleaning team, it’s time to get started. Let Commercial Cleaning Corporation help rid your workplace of germs and bacteria to reduce the risk of infection and help you and your employees get through the flu season unscathed. Contact us for help keeping your workplace clean throughout the flu season and beyond.
Statistics provided by the CDC Weekly US Influenza Surveillance Report.