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The Flu Season That Keeps Going, and Going

This year’s flu season is officially a record-breaker in duration

April 23, 2019

May is just around the corner, so that means janitors in schools, offices, and other public facilities can relax their diligent cleaning against the flu virus, right? Wrong!

Keep up that cleaning. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the 2018-2019 flu season just broke a record for being the longest in duration. The latest CDC flu report revealed there have been 21 weeks of elevated flu activity in the United States, one week longer than the previous record-breaking year. During the 2014-2015 season, elevated flu activity was reported for 20 weeks.

At least 36 million cases of influenza have been reported this season. Approximately 61,000 people were hospitalized with the flu and as many as 57,300 people are estimated to have died from flu-related illness, including 91 children.

The good news is that flu activity is finally declining. Only 11 states reported widespread flu activity for the week ending April 13, according to the latest flu report, compared to 20 states that reported elevated flu activity the week ending April 6.

Until the flu season is completely over, follow these nine tips for removing flu germs in your facility’s restrooms. These tips include scheduling regular deep cleanings during the flu season, making sure restrooms are stocked with additional hand sanitizer and soap, and educating building residents about hygienic restroom habits.

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