Cold & Flu Mid-Season Update

By CleanSmart @ 5:09 pm

Season Update

With flu activity typically peaking every year between December and February, here’s an update on the year’s cold and flu season. The dominant flu strain has turned out to be H3N2. Unfortunately this is one that public health officials were not expecting to be very common. As such, the flu vaccine didn’t contain the strain. By late December, half the country was experiencing high flu rates. Flu activity is continuing, and expected to rise in places that haven’t been hit as hard this year. So far, most of the northeast and west have had the mildest season.

How to Stay Healthy

Though the flu shot isn’t as effective as in past years, the CDC is still recommending it for anyone who hasn’t gotten the vaccine. Everyday actions such as washing hands regularly and staying away from anyone who’s sick are also recommended. In addition to living on our hands, cold viruses have been proven to live on surfaces for over seven days and flu viruses for 24 hours. Disinfecting products should be used to kill these viruses and help stop the spread of illness.

Lastly, make sure to stay home if you are sick and see your doctor about taking antiviral drugs, which can be used to reduce the severity of illness. These drugs work best if taken within 48 hours of getting sick, though can still help further into an illness.

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What is Chemical Residue?

By CleanSmart @ 1:00 pm


Have you ever gone to a restaurant and sat down at a table that was sticky? It probably felt like it was the result of the table not being cleaned. This stickiness however is a direct result of the table being cleaned, and it’s created by something called chemical residue.

Chemical residue is what’s left on a surface after being cleaned with certain chemicals, and can form as the result of improper wiping. Some cleaning products that leave a residue work by attracting dirt, unfortunately this causes their residues to also act as an adhesive afterwards. Particles are attracted to this, as what’s left on the surface is a great food source for them. These microbes will cause the surface to remain contaminated, which requires further cleaning.

How dangerous this is depends on how toxic the chemical used to clean is. A more toxic chemical will leave a more toxic residue. This can be especially impactful on young children. If eating directly from a high chair platter cleaned with a chemical that leaves a residue, they could be consuming some of it. Residues can also become airborne, which is particularly dangerous for people with asthma or sensitivities to chemicals.

Fortunately, all CleanSmart disinfectants are EPA approved as chemical residue free while killing 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses. Instead, CleanSmart household disinfectants and nursery care products break down into a simple saline solution after disinfecting.

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