Friday, January 31, 2020

Mysterious Illness Racks Up Enormous Death Toll

There is a mysterious illness that has taken over 8,000 American lives this winter. It’s very contagious and causes terrible complications such as pneumonia, inflammation in the heart and brain as well as organ failure. It’s a horrible pandemic. Corona-what? No, I’m talking about the flu. While viruses such as the coronavirus are making international headlines, we often forget how many people contract and die from the flu each year. Because of its familiarity, we tend to overlook the everyday risks during flu season making us more susceptible to contracting the illness.

The coronavirus is extremely serious, don’t get me wrong. As of January 30th, it’s killed roughly 200 people in China and has finally made its way into America, where it hasn’t killed anyone as of yet. The WHO has declared it a global health emergency and even the market has been affected by “global economic uncertainty” brought upon by the virus.

A lot of people in the US are being extra-prepared for the coronavirus. They are wearing face masks and crossing the street when they see someone coming by with a cough. They are even washing their hands with soap- which is more than 70% of Americans can say. When the coronavirus inevitably becomes a thing of the past, these new habits will probably go with it. It’s imperative for both individuals and organizations to adopt realistic and helpful habits that promote good hand-hygiene and stick to them constantly as opposed to making it part of a trend.

If I told you that next year there would be a new mysterious virus that’s different from strains that we’ve seen in the past and that would likely kill a total of 12,000 Americans according to the CDC, would you want to be as best prepared as possible? That’s literally what the flu is. And it’s inevitably coming upon us next year and every year.

Some of the best ways to prevent illnesses such as the flu and yes, even the coronavirus are to wash your hands with soap for at least twenty seconds (this is according to the CDC, but other authorities recommend thirty), avoid close contact with people who are sick and to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Seal Shield has recognized that some of the biggest cross-contamination points are actually devices that never get disinfected. Keyboards and computer mice for instance, rarely get cleaned or disinfected by consumers. Do you want to know why keyboards and mice harbor far more bacteria than a toilet seat? It’s because you clean your toilet seat. A lot of people will wash their hands and immediately negate their effort to maintain good hand hygiene, the moment that they return to their computer. This is especially bad in workstations that are used by multiple people. Regrettably, most keyboards and mice aren’t built to withstand harsh cleaning products.

The best solution to this is to use washable keyboards and computer mice. The ones that Seal Shield manufactures are just as functional and usable, if not more as the ones you currently use but they also come with the features of anti-microbial product protection and being able to withstand harsh cleaning products. They can function with pretty much any disinfection routine you desire.

Similarly, Seal Shield recognized that touch screens have proven to be a major point of cross-contamination. iPads have made their way into corporate America and even schools, being shared by many of the 70% of people who don’t wash their hands. Essentially, if you are a hand washing individual, you are constantly being forced to touch the same surfaces as your less hygienic coworkers. Ever seen several people in the same office get sick? This can be a reason why. For this reason, Seal Screen was developed. It’s a new category of touchscreen protectors, that on top of providing the impact strength you desire, also brings anti-microbial product protection and the ability to be disinfected with cleaning products. This way clean hands stay clean.

It’s important for companies to make these sorts of small changes that put people in a better position to avoid serious illnesses. And it’s important for employees to take charge of their health and utilize these best practices.

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