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H1N1 pandemic requires cleaning as usual

June 12, 2009
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SALINAS, CA — The recent announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus is now a level-6 pandemic does not change prevention measures put in place by many at the onset of the outbreak, according to KION-TV.
Because the virus is no stronger than it was when originally discovered and only holds a different classification in terms of its spread, experts stress to keep things "business as usual," especially when it comes to disinfecting surfaces, the story stated.
Cherry Bean Barista Demetrius Ramon, a school custodian, said: "We keep the place pretty clean all the time, anyways. From the time I clock in to the time I clock out, the majority of what I''m doing is cleaning."
According to Dr. Hugh Stallworth of the Monterey County Health Department, the H1N1 virus spreads rapidly during cooler months and although its summer here, it is winter in other parts of the world and come this fall, the United States could be facing a new, mutated virus.
While an H1N1 vaccine is currently being developed, experts stress that education is key and encourage people to wash their hands properly, cover their mouth while coughing and stay home if they feel sick, the story added.
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