The flu season of 2017-2018 was one of the worst seasons on record in the United States. According to the CDC, 5.8 percent of all out-patient visits to hospitals during this time were related to influenzas (flu-like) symptoms. During the same time, hospitalizations for flu have increased 22.7 per 100,000 cases (48 states). People who contract the flu virus are bound to skip work or make their fellow employees sick.
It is vital for managers to be diligent with keeping the office clean during this time because a clean office helps to lessen flu outbreaks and symptoms. If you want to help keep your employees healthy and the business running, you must make sure to do extra cleaning during the flu season. Our team of trained janitors can help you control the spread of flu in your office space.
Most have heard of the Flu virus before, but how many of us know what the illness is? First, the flu is a virus and not bacterial. Because it is a virus, it can spread from person to person, primarily when people are confined to smaller, enclosed spaces. There various types of the flu virus, which is the main reason why it is so difficult to fight during the flu seasons. Flu types are determined by the kind of protein the virus carries. The most common strains of the flu virus are:
- Influenza A
- Influenza B
- Influenza B
In most cases, standard strains of the flu resolve themselves within several days; however, that does not mean the virus cannot be deadly. An estimated 10 to 50 thousand deaths occur worldwide from flu-related issues.
The most commonly felt symptoms include:
- Body aches
- A dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Running nose
- A sore throat
One of the most significant things to know about the Flu is that it is seasonal. Flu season typically begins towards the middle/end of fall and runs through the beginning months of spring. For many, flu season kicks off with not with a date on the calendar but with negative symptoms in the body. Because of the flu, noses start to drain, while throats look swollen like golf balls. At the same time, muscles feel sore, and the body becomes weak. For those who get the flu, it can be almost debilitating for several days.
We have identified several critical parts of the office that tend to harbor virus particles. The flu is spread through tiny droplets that are produced when a flu sufferer coughs, sneezes, and even speaks. When droplets are dispersed throughout the office, people can get sick.
- Handles and door knobs are one of the worst spots for flu to hang out. These parts of the office are touched most, and as a result, they can spread the flu.
- A kitchen, which is a popular communal area, tends to have many bacteria. Many people touch handles of sinks, refrigerators, and microwaves throughout the day. If one person gets flu droplets there, it is just a matter of time before others get sick
- Filing cabinets and draws are also frequently handled, which can cause serious flu problems.
- Bathrooms are not safe from the flu virus, and so faucet handles, toilet flushers, and soap pumps must all be cleaned.
- The telephone should be cleaned frequently, even if only one person is using that phone
- Keyboards and mice have hands on them all day, which is not useful for preventing flu outbreaks
Let our team help you keep a handle on dirt, grime, viruses, and bacteria. We operate throughout Manhattan, including Murry Hill, Hell’s Kitchen, Wall Street, and Harlem. Give us a call to find out more about office cleaning NYC.