WORKING TO KEEP THE FLU OUT OF YOUR WORK
One of the major news stories nationally and internationally early on in 2018 has been the alarming numbers associated with the current flu season. While this is technically not a pandemic, it is still a serious situation with alarming statistics. Pandemics occur when a new strain occurs to which people have not experienced previous exposure. That is not the case in this 2017-2018 flu season, as we have seen the prevalent flu strains before, but that does not diminish the seriousness of this situation.
There is more than just one strain of the flu virus. There are numerous sub types of flu strains. Medical professionals state there are currently 18 Hemagglutinin and 11 Neuraminidase strains in the Type A category. Type B consists of the Victoria and Yamagata strains. Type C strains are typically mild respiratory illnesses and Type D typically refers to flu viruses in cattle.
In recent years, the H1N1 strain has been most prevalent in the United States and flu vaccines have targeted it the most. The H1N1 strain was responsible for the Swine Flu outbreak of 2009. There had been little exposure to the H3N2 strain among Americans until this season. This is a strain that was common in recent years in Great Britain and Australia. When the same flu strain strikes repeatedly, people and their regions tend to build up their immunity.
The almost daily media coverage of this flu season is typically accompanied by the standard follow-up stories on what individuals can do to diminish their chances of contracting the flu. Those news packages contain very useful information that we all must follow. However, what the news media does not often report is what can maintenance personnel do to decrease the likelihood of their facility becoming a breeding ground for the virus. Individual advice is usually concluded with the advice that if you feel sick, to stay home. That is valuable advice to prevent people from transporting the virus into a facility, but in our industry we need to look at what we can do on a large scale to make our facilities as clean and healthy as possible for those who enter.
The online world, as we know it, has been around for over two decades. In these initial decades of the internet, we have witnessed many changes. One of the most significant changes has been the evolution to the internet’s mobility. Twenty years ago, going online meant being tied to a desktop PC. Fast forward to today and online users are more likely to access an app while on the go than while tied down to a desk. And now, it is possible to access the full arsenal of interactive tools offered by National Chemical Laboratories on your mobile device.
Fresh off a relaunch of nclonline.com, National Chemical Laboratories offers the new and improved NCL Tools App. This app is your mobile information and training toolkit, and is for Android and Apple mobile devices. Direct access to information makes it quick and easy to find exactly what you are looking for, and share it easily when necessary