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Mar
04
CDC offers guide to help businesses prepare for COVID-19
By Shian Jno-Lewis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created an interim guide for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. It is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus as of February, and the guide will be updated as additional information becomes available.


(BOMA International updates its guide for building owners.)



From the CDC:



“The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.



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May
15
Superbugs Poised to Become Main Cause of Death
By Shian Jno-Lewis

Hospitals testing new cleaning solutions to eliminate antibiotic-resistant germs


New disinfecting techniques and the development of germ-resistant surfaces may help save the human race from what is predicted to be the most common cause of human death in about 30 years—antibiotic-resistant germs, Newsweek reports.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2 million people a year are sickened in the United States by bacteria or fungi resistant to major antibiotics, and that 23,000 die from their infections. The World Health Organization predicts that worldwide death rates from drug-resistant germs will increase from the current 700,000 per year to 10 million by 2050,...


Mar
26
How to Maintain a Healthy Breakroom
By Shian Jno-Lewis


by Riley Quinn Doherty


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Germs spread easily when people spend a lot of time indoors, in close proximity to each other. This is especially true in the workplace, where several factors combine to create a perfect storm of contagiousness: numerous people occupying a closed space, highly trafficked common areas, and, sometimes, a culture that discourages sick employees from staying home.


According to a recent survey Staples conducted of workers throughout the United States, 44 percent had the flu last season, and nearly half of those people (45 percent) believe they caught it from a co-worker. Moreover, employees report taking an average of just 2.7 sick days to recover from the flu, meaning they&...


Oct
24
Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Sickens More Than 90
By Melissa Brumfield

CDC offers tips to prevent contamination from infected chicken products



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 92 people in 29 states, leading to 21 hospitalizations.


The strain of salmonella is resistant to several antibiotics and has been linked to a variety of raw chicken products. As a single supplier of chicken products has not been identified, the CDC believes the salmonella strain is widespread in the poultry industry.


Facilities with kitchens can avoid spreading salmonella by following these tips from the CDC:


Wash your hands before handling food, between handling different food items, and after handlin...


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