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Avoid Pesky Back to School Germs

Dirty schools may be to blame for a child’s next fever or stomach ache. Between superficial cleaning efforts and germ-filled surfaces and spaces, two-thirds of the 500 adults we recently surveyed believe a lack of cleanliness in schools leads to kids getting sick. With a new school year upon us, if you have children, get ..

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7 Tips to Avoid This Athlete at the Gym

Question: do you know what is commonly picked up by walking barefoot in public places such as gym locker rooms or showers? The answer: athlete’s foot.  While athletes may be more prone to this (hence the name), you don’t need to be an athlete to get it. This icky fungus can spread easily through sharing ..

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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 ..

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3 Reasons Cubicle Walls Need Cleaning

Show of hands…how many of you spend your workday seated in and surrounded by fabric-walled cubicles? How many of you drink beverages or eat lunch in your 3-walled office? Ok, now how many of you have your cubicle walls vacuumed or deep cleaned on a regular basis? Hey! Where did all the hands go? Fabric-covered ..

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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One Item You’re Probably not Cleaning (but Should)

What’s the one thing you carry with you everywhere and use every single day (without a second thought) that may be harmful to your health? Give up? Your cellphone. It’s true. Your cellphone is a cesspool of bacteria, potentially harboring up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat! It makes complete sense. The ..

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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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Man vs. Superbug: Dawn of Patient Hand Hygiene

There is quite a bit of chatter lately about a battle between a “super being” and a man who has reason to believe the “super being” is a threat to society. Yes, it sounds very much like a certain superhero movie; however, in real life the “super being” is actually a superbug (a virus, bacteria, ..