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"Stay Healthy tips" for the approaching flu season, Contra Costa residents

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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"Stay Healthy Tips" for the Approaching Flu Season

Local SERVPRO cleaning and remediation specialist encourages Antioch residents to focus on personal accountability to limit spread of viral infections

Antioch, CA (Grassroots Newswire) October 1, 2021 - Flu season is upon us! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity often begins to increase in October, peaks between December and February, and can linger into May.1 At a time when COVID-19 is still the dominant infectious disease concern, cleaning and bioremediation specialist Michael Borders of SERVPRO® of Antioch reminds local residents that it is  important  this time of year to take steps to protect yourself and your family from influenza and other seasonal viral infections like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which can be especially serious for children and older adults.

Breathing in virus-laden droplets from an infected person’s cough, sneeze, or speech from as far away as six feet is believed to be the prime means of virus transmission.2 Experts agree it is possible to become infected by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth, nose, or even eyes. The good news, says Borders, is that many viruses – including the flu, COVID, and RSV viruses – are easy to get rid of outside the body using soap and warm water, commercial disinfectants, and hand sanitizers that contain alcohol. As a leading provider of disaster clean-up and remediation services, SERVPRO professionals specialize in this type of surface cleaning and disinfection.

“You can’t do much to control the cleanliness of public places, but you can take steps to protect yourself from the consequences of any exposure,” advises Borders. “At home or in the office, remember to pay special attention to ‘high touch’ surfaces. Doorknobs, faucets, countertops, appliance handles and knobs, the steering wheel of your car, your phone – these are examples of surfaces that you should get in the habit of wiping down at least daily with a disinfectant designed to sanitize viruses.”

At the end of the day, says Borders, personal accountability is the single, most important factor in controlling the spread of viral infections, including the seasonal flu. Stay home if you are sick and follow suggested guidelines. The CDC offers additional “stay healthy” tips here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm.

In addition to disaster recovery and remediation services, SERVPRO of Antioch  professionals provide residential deep cleaning services, including  carpet and upholstery cleaning, and odor removal. For more information on SERVPRO of Antioch, please contact Michael Borders at (925) 706-0106 or Mike@SERVPROofantioch.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit https://www.SERVPROantioch.com/

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