After the last couple of days, I think mine may be to not get so excited when I see that Norovirus and Influenza are ramping up….. Why do I get excited? Well, I’m in the cleaning and disinfection business. Environmental surfaces, fomites and let’s face it, when it comes to Norovirus, anywhere our hands will touch has the potential to spread that nasty virus. Why after the last couple of days? Well, as they say “Karma’s a witch”. I got bit by Noro, but on the bright side, I have successfully lost any weight I gained from consuming sweet treats over the Christmas Holidays!
As we enter the 7th year of Talk Clean To Me, I would like to reflect back on the hundreds of blogs that have been shared and the dialogue with many of you that has started as a result of reading them. One would think that the topic of cleaning and disinfection would get stale after a while. What I have learned in my almost 15 years in the industry is that we never know what is around the next corner.
If I look just at the last several weeks, there have been updates on the rising Flu cases across Canada and the US, cruise ships being hit by Norovirus, virtually a total ban on Romaine lettuce due to E. coli (seriously – skip the Caesar salads until Health Canada says it’s safe), Salmonellosis in Australia linked to a bakery, Avian Influenza cropping up in numerous countries causing millions upon millions of poultry to be culled, Leptospirosis in Colorado and scrub typhus has turned out to be the 2nd most frequent infectious disease in parts of India after dengue. Of course these are just the highlights of the “cool” outbreaks and do not touch on any of the science that is being published about new disinfectant technologies, surfaces or issues with reprocessing surfaces, materials or devices.
The long and the short is that 2018 promises to continue to provide great fodder for blogs and of course we never know when or where the newest pathogen will arrive and with that what we need to do to keep ourselves safe and healthy! I hope that Talk Clean To Me will continue to be a source of education and entertainment!
Until next week, I have some surfaces I need to disinfectant to get rid of my highly contagious virus that is a “great” jump start to my winter weight loss program!