In response to the ongoing pandemic, many products are entering the market, hoping to capture customers who are desperate for ways to help them stay safe. In this emotional time, consumers may be confused about who to trust when it comes to claims made by products: Will this test really tell me if I'm COVID-19 positive? Will this mask really filter out virus particles? Will this air treatment really make a room safe for group assemblies? One of the patterns in these new products has been the use of copper, a known biocide that was elevated by a recent study by the NIH. In today's post, we will explore how you can cut through all the hype about copper and choose products that can actually back up their claims.
By their very nature, hospitals both serve the most vulnerable people and host the most powerful germs. How do hospitals maintain safe levels of cleanliness in this challenging environment? The short answer is through rigorous planning and meticulous staff, all being organized into a myriad of activities and schedules by the conductor of this symphony, infection control. Let's take a closer look at the behind-the-scenes orchestration through two very important teams.
After our first post about prions, it's a comfort to learn that the rest of the germs on our countdown are able to be destroyed by cleaners! Nevertheless, each of the following germs requires careful removal to ensure a cleaner environment for vulnerable patients and individuals.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have warned about the relative risk of activities to both the individual and the community. At first, when we were all focusing on flattening the curve in order to prevent overwhelming health facilities, the goal was to reduce community transmission while keeping individuals safe. Now, as states gradually reopen their places of work and recreation, the goals shift more towards helping individuals make the best choices from themselves and their families. While many commercial and recreational sites are now open, how can you make the best choices for your own family to stay safe this summer?
Germs, by definition, are viruses, bacteria, spores, fungi, and prions that can make you sick. And all germs are not created alike. Not only does the category of "germs" contain any pathogenic organisms, these organisms also vary tremendously in size and susceptibility to drugs and cleansers. This next series of posts provides an overview of these different germ types and explains just how hardy they are under fire from disinfectants to sterilants. Here's the rundown in order, from the strongest to the weakest, against our arsenal of cleaners. We'll start with the biggest, baddest bully first.