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Handwashing is the single most effective means of preventing the spread of infection, and more than 20 studies show that, on average, good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness and absence rates and the associated costs by around 40 percent.
Although the symptoms of norovirus often mimic those of a cold or the flu, the potential hazards of the bug should not be taken lightly.
Traditionally healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are becoming community-acquired and have found their way into other public spaces, presenting challenges to cleaning professionals regardless of where they work.
Healthy habits are usually learned at an early age and with their repeated success can be nurtured into adulthood, thus ensuring that the habit learned in childhood will continue to have a significant and lasting impact, not only on the individual, but on the health of those around them.
Kimberly-Clark has introduced a new video series designed to tackle — literally — the spread of cold and flu germs and to facilitate good hygiene habits among co-workers.
While hotel patrons are able to supplement housekeepers' cleaning and disinfecting efforts with disinfectant wipes, the best course of action is to simply practice proper hand hygiene.
Typically, the influenza virus begins affecting unlucky hosts in early October — around the time the leaves begin to turn colors reminiscent of summertime campfires. Although the virus generally peaks in January and continues through April, it's longevity and vehemence varies depending on which region in which you find yourself.
A critical factor in infection control is, perhaps, the most simple and most economical: Handwashing.
A study by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) revealed that 46 percent of hand washers don't wash long enough — not even close.