If your kids are dragging the flu home, it‘s time to professionally disinfect your house. Don’t let it spread.

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We’ve all heard the flu could be quite severe this year. And, if you have children in school, chances are they will come in contact with friends that have the flu or will come down with the nasty bug themselves. What happens next? Everyone in your family catches the flu.

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So if someone in your household comes in contact, it’s time to professionally disinfect your home… BEFORE EVERYONE catches the flu. Our professional, electrostatic spray application gets in every nook and cranny to kill 99.999% of bacteria and viruses that can make you ill.

SPECIAL OFFER: If your child participates in sports, we’ll disinfect their sports gear for free!*

*Sports gear must be made immediately available at residence at time of disinfecting spray treatment.

Clear Skies Don't Always Mean a Clear Head.

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It's Allergy season again and it has hit our area hard.  Since April, a tremendous amount of pine tree pollen started blanketing the Denver area. Flowers and flowering shrubs are now having a grand time this year, which just means more pollen. And many are, unfortunately, dealing with the irritants from the area's forest fires.

While you can't avoid going outside, there are things you can do to reduce the allergens in your home. CleanBeyond offers electrostatic interior spray treatments that reduce allergens everywhere they hide in your home. Ask about our complete program!

For day-to-day allergy information and updates, check out the WebMD phone app. Tailor the app to your location and allergies and set it up for notifications and alerts.

Hot-air dryers suck in nasty bathroom bacteria and shoot them at your hands

"Air filters can help, but healthcare and research centers may want to stick with towels."

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We came across a fascinating article that you may want to read and remember. We've all come across the hot-air hand dryers in restrooms. We can figure out is probably minimizes germs and paper waste and clean-up. In fact, that may not be the case at all.

"Washing your grubby mitts is one of the all-time best ways to cut your chances of getting sick and spreading harmful germs to others. But using the hot-air dryers common in bathrooms can undo that handy hygienic work.

Hot-air dryers suck in bacteria and hardy bacterial spores loitering in the bathroom—perhaps launched into the air by whooshing toilet flushes—and fire them directly at your freshly cleaned hands, according to a study published in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The authors of the study, led by researchers at the University of Connecticut, found that adding HEPA filters to the dryers can reduce germ-spewing four-fold. However, the data hints that places like infectious disease research facilities and healthcare settings may just want to ditch the dryers and turn to trusty towels."

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Doctors Report Illness Tracker

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Now here’s an idea you can use.

Doctors Report is an illness tracker app for your phone. (You can access Doctors Report on their website with your computer.) In real-time, the app literally collects doctors’ reports and shows you the prevalence of a variety of illnesses in your area.

 

 

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So for example, with the flu still running rampant, the app tracks both Influenza and Influenza A. Then you can also look at outbreaks by age. This can be particularly helpful for those under the age of five and those 65 and older.

Each illness displays colored maps and graphs to indicate whether the outbreak in your area is severe or non-existent.  It’s also a great tool to use if you plan on traveling for business or vacation.

If you check out the images shown, you will see there's not a lot of Strep infection in the area but the number of bronchitis cases is quite high. So check your app store and take advantage of this helpful tool. It's Free!

"We have reached the end of the Antibiotic Era, Period!"

Why healthy cleaning will soon become your number one defense against drug-resistant bacteria and viruses.

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I recently read a very good article entitled "We have reached the end of the Antibiotic Era, Period!" by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

This article, along with many others like Dr. Srinivasan's, recognizes that with a limited number of antibiotics that can treat infections, there will be fewer treatments available for people with antibiotic-resistant infections. In the article, they state we have already reached the end, as our strongest antibiotics have no longer have an effect on Super Bugs in the U.S.

Mortality rates due to some of these resistant infections can be 80% and higher! As bacteria and viruses build up immunity to treatments, the only way to fight them is to prevent the spread of them in the first place. 

This is why Cleaning for Health, will soon become the new standard. 

It’s now too late to rely on fighting bacteria inside the body. Fighting it outside the body provides many more opportunities to completely destroy the bacteria and prevent it from mutating into a drug-resistant organism.  But where do you find it outside the body?  Any surface, both hard and soft and in the air and where air travels. Pretty much everywhere and that's the biggest challenge. 

Our best attempt to control bacteria on surfaces currently is to promote proper hand hygiene, glove use, cleaning protocols, and the proper use of disinfectants, sanitizers, and sterilization methods. Despite some of the best practices in the best hospitals in the world, all hospitals fight Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).  You have heard the stories about patients who go into the hospital for minor foot surgery and end up losing their leg due to infection. Or, of someone dying in the hospital that was treated for minor illness and expired due to complications of infection. A staggering 1.7 million hospital patients, in the US, experience a Hospital Acquired Infection and 99,000 people a year in the US die from them. (Klevens RM, Edwards JR, Richards CL, Horan TC, Gaynes RP, Pollock DA, et al. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. Public Health Rep. 2007 Mar-Apr; 122(2):160-6.)

Why would a hospital have such a big problem when they clean and disinfect, sterilize and constantly use products and protocols designed to specifically kill these bacteria? 

Two very solid, fact-based reasons: 1) insufficient cleaning and disinfection and 2) a high rate of re-contamination.  These two problems exist in any highly populated space where people are sick. That's right… in the office, on an airplane, bus, or train, within the carpool, soccer team, football team, school, University, and on and on.  You can wear all the gloves and masks you want but if we can't decontaminate surfaces and the air to stop the spread, you are at risk and antibiotics aren't going to help if they are resistant.  

Please take the time to read the article by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan.  

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/dr-arjun-srinivasan-weve-reached-the-end-of-antibiotics-period/

Look for my next post where I will address insufficient cleaning and disinfection along with re-contamination.  

 

 

Solar Decathlon 2017

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Last month, Denver hosted the 2017 Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges teams to design and build solar-powered houses. The full-size structures must show excellence in innovation, market potential, and both water and energy efficiencies.

The house built by Northwestern University made excellent use of PURETi professional window coatings that reduce VOCs, NOx and improve indoor air quality.

CleanBeyond offers the same PURETi window treatment services for our customers. The benefits are numerous from cleaner air to removing odors from indoor environments. It is perfect for home health, schools and ecology-conscious home owners.