It’s tight, it’s frigid and it’s relentless. The winter has a stranglehold on the country and there appears to be no end in sight…especially since the groundhog saw his shadow!
Unfortunately, the same can be said about the flu epidemic that has plagued 49 states and Puerto Rico. This is the first time in history where the entire continental U.S. has been impacted by the flu. 51 of 54 of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s jurisdictions are reporting regional or widespread activity.
That’s why we are sharing dangerous “Hot Spots for Office Germs” to avoid during flu season at Stratus Building Solutions. As the nation’s leading green commercial cleaning and janitorial services franchise, we’re here to help your office stave off the flu invasion, as the emergence of more strains threatens offices from coast to coast.
It truly is scary out there. This season’s flu outbreak is tormenting everything and everyone. It’s forcing hospitals to implement visitor restrictions. The epidemic has forced the closure of schools in at least 12 states. It’s even affecting some of the country’s craziest college basketball fans.
You’ve heard it by now, the single greatest defense to prevent the flue each season is to get a flu vaccine each season. As of November 2017, only four out of 10 Americans had received the flu vaccine.
We say all this to let you know there’s a good chance you’ll need Stratus Building Solutions. Why? Despite data that indicates otherwise, people will go to work even though they shouldn’t.
Of course, there are often economic factors playing into the decision as lower paid workers tend to show up sick at a higher percentage than those working higher-paying jobs. Others show up sick out of concerns they’ll leave their colleagues in a lurch. No matter the reason, people showing up to work sick is going to happen. And since we unfortunately can’t clean your office every hour, on the hour, we’re here to help you protect yourself with some quick advice.
As the nation’s leading green commercial cleaning and janitorial services franchise, we are on a mission to help protect thousands of local office employees from getting the flu this season. The situation is serious…and we are serious about fighting the flu.
For example, while most people know to avoid popular “touch points” (surfaces people consistently touch, like door knobs), we’ve identified three more everyday areas and products found in offices nationwide that can be “Hot Spots for Office” germs. These include:
- Women’s make up cases and purses: women’s offices often contain more than 2x the germs as their male colleagues. Make-up cases and purses have the most bacteria.
- Office sink sponges and soap dispensers: If you must use sponges, microwave them frequently or put them in the dishwasher. And yes – the push down soap dispensers are often among the dirtiest places in the office!
- Men’s wallets and cell phones: Should be wiped off regularly because they’re rarely cleaned.
Cleaning is in our DNA. It’s who we are. We do it in a way that keeps you protected while protecting the environment as well. We offer a range of special services, customizable options, state-of-the art cleaning equipment with air-quality improvement components, Green Seal Certified biodegradable and non-toxic Stratus Green Clean chemicals. We provide services to a large range of clients, from schools, to medical offices, shopping centers, warehouses, dealerships, religious centers, daycares, retail stores, gyms and yes, professional offices.
Typically, flu season peaks between December and February. This flu season has been anything but typical. That means it may require staying vigilant about your health and cleanliness for months to come. Our goal at Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s leading green commercial cleaning and janitorial services franchise, is to make your office a safer, healthier place to work while helping your employees reduce the potential of catching the flu this season…so avoid those “Hot Spots for Office Germs” and wash your hands with warm water regularly!