It’s hard to believe that flu season is right around the corner, adding even more health-related stress on top of our coronavirus worries. Although there is no official start date to flu season, rates of influenza generally start to rise each year in October. Outbreaks tend to peak between December and February before slowing down as late as May.
As a facility manager, you want to do everything you can to maintain a healthy and clean work environment. Protecting your employee’s health is vital, and both the coronavirus pandemic and upcoming flu season make that extra challenging this year. The solution is hiring an office cleaning service that makes cleaning for health a priority.
Germs Spread Quickly and Can Live for Hours on Surfaces
According to the Centers for Disease Control, some types of flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for as many as 48 hours. We also know that coronavirus spreads primarily through contact with respiratory droplets released through sneezing and coughing. When these droplets are released into the air, they land on surfaces and become contaminated. If someone touches those surfaces then touches their mouth, eyes or nose, they may contract the virus themselves.
This means that every hard surface in your facility can harbor germs that cause coronavirus, the flu and other illnesses. Our office cleaning services in Bismarck ensure that high-touch surfaces in your spaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, reducing the risk of transmission.
Flu is Costly
Each year, the flu costs the United States almost $10.5 billion in direct costs associated with outpatient visits and hospitalizations for adults. In 2016, businesses lost more than $9 billion due to workers taking sick days for the flu. This year, those totals are expected to be much higher due to the addition of the coronavirus.
One of the best ways to save your business money is to invest in cleaning services in Bismarck. Your smart investment now can seriously pay off when your team stays healthy and productive throughout flu season.
We’d love to talk to you about our cleaning services and how they can help your office or facility stay healthier this year. Contact us today for your free consultation!