Cleaning Can Stop the Stomach Flu from Spreading at Your Facility
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Better known as the stomach flu, norovirus, causes more cases of acute gastroenteritis than any other source. Notoriously quick to spread, norovirus is likely to move from one person to another (like wildfire) in enclosed communities, like cruise ships, during the winter months, and in places where a lot of people gather on a regular basis, like work or school.
One of the reasons this virus spreads so easily and seems to stick around for so long is that it’s very resilient, living on surfaces for days and making sufferers contagious for days after recovery. The CDC recommends that we avoid contact with others for at least a week after recovering from a bout with norovirus, which of course is difficult, if not impossible, for almost anyone with a job.
But there is one thing that can be done to combat the spread of norovirus in your office, school, or facility. Break out the bleach and hit the hot spots.
Bleach is one of the only safe and effective cleaning compounds that will kill norovirus. Chances of stopping the spread of the virus in your building increase when you use a bleach solution to clean the following hot spots at least daily:
· Door handles
· Light switches
· Copy machines and other equipment used communally
· Tables, desks and community-utilized surfaces
· Elevator keys
· Break room or kitchen equipment
· Drinking fountains
· Stair railings
In addition you can remind all employees, but particularly those who prepare food for others, to wash their hands regularly and to encourage them to stay home while, and for three days after, experiencing symptoms.
Protect the productivity of your workplace with smart cleaning strategies. If you have any questions about janitorial equipment or supplies, give our team a call. We can help you defend the health of your workforce by keeping your working environment clean and sanitized.