The flu has hit with a vengeance this year as a strain of norovirus is quickly spreading across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 21 million Americans contract norovirus each year, with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms come on very suddenly, perhaps within hours after a person has been exposed to it.
It is interesting to note that the flu virus can last two to four hours on hard surfaces , but the norovirus can survive and remain infectious for weeks.
Perhaps the two most important steps to preventing the spread of norovirus, as the CDC recommends, are:
- Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food. It cautions that washing with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizers, but if washing is not possible, then rely on the hand sanitizer .
- Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Make sure you are using a disinfectant that specifically lists effectiveness against norovirus.
We carry products that are specifically noted as effective against norovirus, including:
- Monk Disinfecting Wipes – Non-alcohol formula. Kills germs, especially those found in bathrooms, sinks, offices, and a wide variety of work surfaces. EPA Registered. Kills 46 different bacteria, viruses and fungi including CA-MRSA, MRSA, staph, salmonella, VRE, e-coli, SARS, and Norovirus. Extra-strong non-woven wiper absorbs while it disinfects. 7″ x 8″, 6 per case.
- Caltech Dispatch Pro – Clean and disinfect in one step. Towels are ready to use and premoistened with a unique 1:10 stable sodium hypochlorite solution for effective disinfecting against infectious organisms. Wipe out MDROs (multidrug-resistant organisms) in just one minute and C. difficile spores in five minutes. Meets OSHA standards for bloodborne pathogen decontamination. Ideal for counters, chairs, exam tables, telephones, light switches and sealed keyboards.
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