Even though we are still amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we still have to worry about the upcoming flu season. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people worldwide. The flu is the most common during the fall and winter months, which is just right around the corner. Because of the anticipated second wave of COVID-19 this winter, not only do we have to prepare for that, but we also must prepare for the flu season as well. At DSG, we offer Kansas City mobile cleaning solutions and we know CLEAN. Here is what you need to know about flu season in relation to COVID-19.
We have all heard the word ‘virus’ a lot this year, but what exactly is it? A virus is a parasite that can replicate itself in living cells. Viruses have been around for as long as the beginning of time. Depending on the virus, they can stay dormant for many years while some are active during certain seasons. All viruses are capable of mutating and typically affect vulnerable populations more aggressively. While one can participate in preventive measures, such as increasing vitamin intake, no one is resistant to catching a virus.
When Is the Flu Most Active?
As we mentioned, the flu season is most active during fall and winter. However, the timing and duration vary each year. The chart below from the CDC shows flu activity in the United States between 1982-1983 through 2017-2018. As you can see, flu activity peaked the most in February, followed by December.
During these months, we also find an increase in demand for our Kansas City industrial cleaning detergents and disinfectants and the best industrial cleaning equipment in Kansas City, as more people take extra precautions to avoid getting the flu.
As for COVID-19, scientists are discovering that coronavirus is also seasonal and is the most active from January through April. Knowing when the flu is going to attack can help one develop a plan and be better prepared.
How to Prepare for Flu Season
Preparing for flu season is very similar to how we must prepare for a possible second wave of COVID-19. While strengthening our immune systems to fight these viruses, it is also crucial that we clean our buildings with the best industrial cleaning detergents in Kansas City, which we supply right here at DSG. We have the necessary equipment and cleaning supplies needed to effectively avoid the multiplication of viruses that can be very deadly.
To prepare for flu season, we recommend taking preventive actions such as avoiding close contact with sick people, covering coughs and sneezes, consistently washing your hands, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces.
For cleaning and disinfecting, we recommend investing in our variety of cleaning equipment and detergents from Hotsy, Victory Innovations electrostatic sprayers, Vital Oxide disinfectant or one of our Steamericas Optima steamers in Kansas City. All are very effective at cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces to prevent the spread of the flu, coronavirus, and many other viruses.
For all of your CLEAN needs, look no further than DSG Industrial Cleaning Systems. We carry top-of-the-line Kansas City industrial cleaning equipment that you need this fall and winter to keep you, your employees and environment safe and healthy. What’s your disinfection plan? If you need help developing a disinfection plan, call us at (816) 483-1580.