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QUIZ: How the Flu Affects our Wallet

The flu can do quite a number on our us: fever, runny nose, and other unpleasant symptoms that make us want to stay under the covers and sleep for days. With an average 5 to 20 percent  of the U.S. population catching the flu every year, it’s more than just our bodies that feel the ..

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Back to School Germ Survival Kit

Back to School signifies a time of year that parents look forward to and dread at the same time.  Shopping lists may include all the usual supplies such as pencils, pens and notebooks, but can also mean stocking up on cough medicine, chicken soup, and tissues. It’s dubbed the “Back-to-School Plague” for a reason. Germs ..

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health Alert: Hepatitis A in Hawaii

Health officials in Oahu, Hawaii are currently investigating a recent outbreak of Hepatitis A. So far there have been 74 confirmed cases of the disease, all in adults, with 26 requiring hospitalization. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of infected people ..

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5 Ways Germs are like Pokemon

Wow – this Pokémon craze seems to be spreading faster than germs through an office building! Since Pokémon GO is all the rage right now, it got me thinking about the similarities between this national craze and germs.  So, I give to you: Pokémon GO or Germs? They are all around you, but you can’t ..

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POLL: How do you flush a public toilet?

Do you go through this to flush a public toilet?   Almost 60% of Americans say they flush public restroom toilets with their foot to avoid coming into contact with germs. That’s according to a 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation. Flushing with your foot, then leaving immediately, may be a good ..

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POLL: Which of these germ hot spots do you find most disgusting to touch?

Germs are everywhere and they get around in many ways: by air, land and water. From sneezes and coughs, insects or other carriers, blood or other body fluids, contaminated food or water, and cross-contamination, germs have no trouble getting around. Perhaps one of the easiest ways for them to travel is via contaminated surfaces, or ..

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Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist for your Office

Do you see any flowers blooming yet? Is the snow melting? Chances are by now, or soon, depending on where you live, you are seeing first signs of spring. We couldn’t be happier that spring – and spring cleaning – are here. But spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or apartment, so here’s a ..

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The cost of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), also called nosocomial infections or Hospital-Acquired Infections, are as bad as they sound – infections that a patient gets while receiving care in a healthcare setting (hospital, clinic, ambulance, etc.). Pneumonia, surgical-site infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses are among the most common HAIs. The CDC estimates that 1 in 25 hospital patients ..

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Top Germ Hot Spots in Schools

Remember how germs and colds spread like wildfire back when you were in school? And not just among students but to the teachers and parents as well. Every business and office building is unique, but they all have germ hotspots where colds and flu like to hang out and spread. In no particular order, here’s ..

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The Only Hand Washing Instructions You’ll Ever Need – PDF

We love statistics. They’re factual and they tell you what you need to know. But sometimes numbers can make our brains mush when we want to just get to the point. And, what’s the point? Hand washing is important. To use just one statistic in this post, according to the CDC, 80% of infections are transmitted by ..