17
Jan
2020
Child Care

RSV Cases on the Rise


03
Jan
2020
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Germ Prevention: Don’t Regift Germs This Holiday Season

In a nutshell… Holiday gatherings are prime locations for “re-gifting” germs. A free, downloadable Cover Your Cough coloring page from the CDC illustrates strategies to prevent the spread of germs. Children may color the germ prevention page and learn to cover coughs and sneezes and to wash their hands correctly. This article provides directions for... Read More »

27
Dec
2019
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Staying Healthy During the Holidays with “12 Ways to Health”

In a nutshell… The “12 Ways to Health” is a song that promotes a dozen strategies for staying healthy during the holidays. It is a production of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” “Ways to health” include hand-washing, bundling up for warmth, managing... Read More »

20
Dec
2019
Disinfect for Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD, and Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

What’s in Your Showerhead?

In a nutshell… Showerheads provide an ideal environment for some bacteria to grow. Most of those bacteria are harmless, but some can cause serious lung and other infections in persons with lung disease or weak immune systems, such as hospital patients. This article provides an overview of “showerhead safety.”   Tip: When removing a showerhead... Read More »

13
Dec
2019
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner, Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD, and Guest Author Edgar Chambers IV, PhD

Food Safety Tips in Recipes Help Avoid Food Poisoning

In a nutshell… A survey conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council found consumers fear getting sick from their holiday hosts’ poor kitchen hygiene. Survey statistics confirm unsafe food practices, but also that most people follow recipes. Research shows when food safety tips are included in recipes, safe food handling improves.   Holidays and... Read More »

29
Nov
2019
Bleach
by Water Quality & Health Council

What Can You Safely Mix with Bleach?

When tackling household cleaning chores, soap and water and a little “elbow grease” are sufficient for ridding many surfaces of dirt and grime. When cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, however, disinfectants are needed to destroy bacteria and viruses like E. coli, norovirus, salmonella and listeria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other microorganisms that can spread illness.... Read More »

22
Nov
2019
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Preventing the Spread of C. diff Bacteria

“C. diff” is the antimicrobial-resistant bacteria Clostridioides difficile.1 It causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), C. diff causes about half a million illnesses and nearly 15,000 deaths annually. People of any age may become sick. C. diff infections cost Americans about $5.4 billion annually. C. diff is passed from person to person by the oral-fecal route. That is why it is important to wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating meals. ... Read More »

18
Nov
2019
Food Safety
by Water Quality & Health Council

Many Americans Engage in Unsanitary Cooking Practices, Survey Finds

As millions of Americans dust off their cookbooks and browse recipe websites to prepare festive holiday meals, a new survey reveals that 1 in 3 Americans is concerned about getting food poisoning due to someone else’s poor kitchen hygiene. The survey found that concern is warranted, as many home cooks engage in bad hygiene and... Read More »

08
Nov
2019
Preventing Infection
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Flu Season Survival Tips

The World Health Organization calls flu, also known as seasonal influenza, “one of the world’s greatest public health challenges.” Every year approximately one billion people around the world are infected with the seasonal flu virus, and three to five million of those cases are severe, resulting in 290,000 - 650,000 flu-related respiratory deaths. The severity of each flu season is difficult to predict, so the public is encouraged to be aware and prepared. Here are our best tips to help you survive flu season.... Read More »

01
Nov
2019
Child Care
by Linda Golodner, Guest Author Kaitlin Greenberg, MPH, Guest Author Christine Ortiz Gumina, MPH, Guest Author Francelli Lugo, MPH, and Guest Author Michéle Samarya-Timm, MA, HO, MCHES, REHS

How to Sanitize and Disinfect Surfaces in Childcare Environments

Childcare environments are notorious for spreading infections. Parents can teach children to wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes (with a tissue or their elbows, not their hands), and keep hands out of their mouths and eyes to help prevent them from getting or spreading an infectious illness. (See, for example, this CDC cartoon video.) Unfortunately, these lessons cannot be taught to babies and very young toddlers. ... Read More »