Health & Hygiene

Ask a Specialist: What's the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

Content adapted from Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Clinical Specialist at GOJO Industries.1

During the winter months, it seems that we all know someone who is sick. And although it is flu season, common cold viruses are also widely circulating right now. In fact, the average adult gets two to four colds per year, mostly between September and late April.2 Because these two types of viral respiratory illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to distinguish between them based on symptoms alone.

Product Spotlight: Maintex Foaming Hand Soaps

We all know how important hand washing is for preventing illness and reducing absenteeism. That's why Maintex has relaunched our favorite line of foaming hand soaps in several popular scents!

How-To: Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. It also reduces the spread of germs to your coworkers, customers, family, and friends. Unfortunately, many of us get into poor hand hygiene habits, using only a rushed rinse of water or a quick swipe with the soap.

Effective hand washing may take a tiny bit of extra time (about 30 seconds total), but it will protect your health in the long run. Do yourself a favor and form a solid hand washing habit with proper timing and techniques.

Product Spotlight: Revolutionary germ protection with the Clorox® Total 360™ System

Measles cases in the United States have reached their highest number in 25 years. With a recent outbreak at UCLA and Cal State LA, you may be wondering how to keep your employees, customers, and students safe (and keep your organization out of the headlines).

The most effective way to prevent the spread of measles is through vaccinations. But when it comes to surface protection and disinfection, nothing works better than the Clorox® Total 360™ System.

Avoid these seven pitfalls that will deactivate your disinfectant

Disinfecting is a critical step in your cleaning routine. It keeps everyone who moves through your facility healthy and safe. Disinfecting, when done correctly, kills unseen bacteria, germs, and odors and helps prevent the spread of disease. But it's possible that you may be inadvertently lessening the efficacy of these germ-fighting products.

Here are seven things to keep in mind to make sure your disinfectant is working exactly as it should:

Four key questions to ask yourself before buying a disinfectant

You want to spend your money wisely. You want to be sure that the product you purchase will do the job properly.

When choosing the right disinfectant for your facility, you should always answer these four questions first:

5 ways to protect yourself during flu season

Flu season occurs from October to April, but February is the peak. Do you know how to protect yourself? Today, we're sharing our top five tips for protecting yourself from the flu.

How do I protect my company against the spread of influenza?

The flu virus is spread primarily through close personal contact. Frequent disinfecting of common touch points and shared surfaces as part of a daily cleaning program is an effective way of reducing the transmission of influenza.