How to eradicate the flu virus from your home and workplace

By following a few easy steps, you—and your patients—can help reduce the chances of the infection spreading

WRITTEN BY JASON TETRO ON FEBRUARY 16, 2018

 

Of course, regularly is an arbitrary term. To know how often to disinfect, you need to understand the pathogen’s ability to stay alive in the environment. Experiments with influenza reveal the virus can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 24 hours.

This means you should disinfect as often as possible while an individual is showing symptoms and, to be safe, for a few days after they subside.

Wash your hands regularly

As infection prevention and control has learned, such frequency is hard to maintain. That is why surface disinfection must be supplemented with constant hand hygiene.

After contact with a suspect surface, people should wash their hands. If there’s a sink available, wash with water and soap making sure to lather for at least 20 seconds and drying the hands fully. You can also use an alcohol-based hand rub, consisting of between 62 per cent and 70 per cent ethanol, as long as the hands stay wet for at least 15 seconds.

When executed properly, a combination of hand-washing and disinfection will help to prevent the unnecessary spread of flu and allow for a quicker return to normal.

This process can also help to stop the spread of other pathogens, such as colds, skin infections and the dreaded norovirus.

Though the process does require time and energy, making sure loved ones stay safe from the toll of these infections certainly makes the effort worthwhile.

Jason Tetro is a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.



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