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Does hand sanitizer really work?
May 24, 2014 | Does hand sanitizer really work?
If you're like most kids, you get reminded to do one certain thing all the time. Before you eat? Wash your hands. After you go to the bathroom? Wash your hands. You might get tired of the reminders, but they're good advice! Read article »

Source: Wonderopolis

ED: Of course, washing hands frequently and using hand sanitization products is an essential part of every good hygiene regime, but it's only part of the solution. After cleaning your hands, as soon as you touch the next germ-infected hard surface (TV remote, fridge door handle, bench-top) your hands are easily reinfected. Using Germ-O-Gard on all the hard surfaces in your home or office will ensure there are no active germs to reinfect your freshly cleaned hands. Learn more here.
Courtroom disinfected as a precaution
May 23, 2014 | Courtroom disinfected as a precaution
An Athens County courtroom was disinfected Thursday morning because of concern that a defendant in court that day might have an antibiotic-resistant infection. [Ed: It was MRSA!] Read article »

Source: Woub News

Ed: Again...ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Using Germ-O-Gard in high traffic public places is a much better disease spread prevention method. Just sayin'. :)
Fears for antibiotic 'apocalypse' grow
May 23, 2014 | Fears for antibiotic 'apocalypse' grow
The biggest threat to human health today isn't global warming, says a group of eminent scientists, it is resistance to antibiotics. The situation, which has been described as 'apocalyptic', is so desperate that a global response, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is urgently needed, said experts gathered at the Royal Society in London. The World Health Organisation is considering a global action plan to fight the problem. Read article »

Source: Forbes
The 26 grossest places you need to clean now
May 23, 2014 | The 26 grossest places you need to clean now
Let's be honest - there are some pretty seriously germy spots that might get forgotten during your regular cleanings. And some of these places might surprise you! Here are 26 items that you might want to go clean right now. Read article »

Source: POPSUGAR

ED: For most of the surfaces mentioned in this article, Germ-O-Gard provides an easy, low-maintenance protection solution. Apply once a month, even once every three months for lower use items, for great protection from common household germs, and the peace of mind that you're doing your best to keep your family safe.
Sneezes are travelling germ clouds
May 20, 2014 | Sneezes are travelling germ clouds
Do you assume you are safe from your colleague's germs just because you are out of the 'splatter zone'? Do you avoid the sneezing person in the office thinking if you don't go near them, you will be okay?

Well, next time you find yourself saying 'bless you' or 'gesundheit' to someone as a polite response to their sneeze, you might want to consider ducking or running too.

You'd be surprised to learn that their cough or a sneeze can carry that gross bacteria a greater distance than you think! Read article »

Source: Deb Group
Study: Airplane tray tables carry much more than your soda and pretzels
May 20, 2014 | Study: Airplane tray tables carry much more than your soda and pretzels
We already know that planes are airborne petri dishes, and that one open-mouthed sneeze can spread influenza through a cabin faster than you can say 'Blue Christmas.' But a new study suggests that it's not so much what you inhale on planes that causes the really big problems, but what you touch. Read article »

Source: Forbes
Bacteria can survive for days on airplane surfaces
May 20, 2014 | Bacteria can survive for days on airplane surfaces
If you were always a little skeeved out by the seat-back pockets, tray tables and armrests on airplanes, perhaps you have good reason to be.

A new study based on simulated environments shows that disease-causing bacteria can linger for hours, and even days, on these surfaces. Read article »

Source: Huffington Post
MRSA lives for a week on seat-back pockets in airplanes, research shows
May 19, 2014 | MRSA lives for a week on seat-back pockets in airplanes, research shows
If you've ever sat cheek by jowl with that sneezing, coughing guy on a crowded airplane, stewing about how he was going to ruin your vacation by spraying viruses and bacteria all over you, here's something to take your mind off your worries. But not in a good way. Read article »

Source: The Washington Post
Top 10 hangouts for germs in your home
May 17, 2014 | Top 10 hangouts for germs in your home
Germaphobes Beware! Your home may look spotless, but there are germs lurking right now in places you might not expect to find them (and in a few where you do). The good news? Once you know where to look, keeping things clean is easy. A little soap and water, a dose of disinfecting spray and wipes, [ED: and the powerful, long-lasting germ killing ability of Germ-O-Gard] and some common sense are usually enough to fend off even the worst offenders.Read article »

Source: Seventh Generation
How dirty is your office; and what are you touching?
May 16, 2014 | How dirty is your office; and what are you touching?
Most of us spend a good portion of our lives at work. Our office is where we use our computers, cell phones, and laptops, and often times where we snack or eat lunch. But just how clean is your work space? Read article »

Source: WLOX 13
Ugh - How germs spread in offices and how to stop them in their tracks
May 16, 2014 | Ugh - How germs spread in offices and how to stop them in their tracks
Germs are expensive. Up to 40% of lost work time each year is due to the common cold per one estimate. Offices are prime places for germs to spread - and it's not just in the restrooms. Items we touch every day can have alarmingly high levels of bacteria and viruses. Then we carry those germs home to our families. Read article »

Source: Small Business Trends

ED: Umm...hint to Staples...Germ-O-Gard is the perfect solution to office germs.
Germ-free at the gym
May 11, 2014 | Germ-free at the gym
ED: An interesting article discussing the dangers of germs lurking in our local gyms. The author notes that many gyms have antibacterial wipes or spray available for use on equipment, but I wonder what percentage of people use them? In some gyms I've visited in Auckland, I'd estimate that fewer than 50% of patrons routinely clean equipment with the FREE antibacterial wipes or spray provided. Germ-O-Gard would, of course, easily take care of that, by providing a long term layer of protection and germ-killing power. Of course, you may still wish to wipe the previous user's sweat off machine before you use it. :) Read article »

Source: Chicago Phoenix
MERS Watch: WHO to Discuss Outbreak
May 9, 2014 | MERS Watch: WHO to discuss outbreak
The World Health Organization will hold a high-level meeting Tuesday to discuss the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) outbreak, the agency said. Read article »

Source: Med Page Today
MERS: CDC Confirms First US Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
May 2, 2014 | MERS: CDC confirms first US case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
A case of the sometimes fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has been reported in Indiana, officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Read article »

Source: LA Times
Planet headed toward 'post-antibiotic era' when treatments don't work: WHO
April 30, 2014 | Planet headed toward 'post-antibiotic era' when treatments don't work: WHO
The planet may be headed toward a 'post-antibiotic era' when common infections once easily controlled by antimicrobial medicines may be lethal, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday in its first look at antibiotic resistance that has developed in all parts of the world. Read article »

Source: The Washington Post

ED: Is prevention the best answer then? Enter Germ-O-Gard.
One in 25 patients has an infection acquired during hospital stay, CDC says
March 26, 2014 | One in 25 patients has an infection acquired during hospital stay, CDC says
One in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals has an infection acquired as part of his or her care despite modest progress in controlling those pathogens inside medical facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday in its most comprehensive look at a stubborn and lethal health-care problem. Read article »

Source: The Washington Post

ED: Hospitals are known for wiping down surfaces and workstations with anti-bacterial wipes after use, but as soon as the next person comes along, or somebody in slightly more of a hurry, or slightly less diligent at cleaning, that good work goes to waste. Hospitals need Germ-O-Gard, the only hospital grade, anti-bacterial, hard surface disinfectant that lasts on surfaces for weeks and months, efficiently killing germs that cause hospital acquired infections all the while.
CDC sys 'nightmare bacteria' a growing threat
March 6, 2014 | CDC sys 'nightmare bacteria' a growing threat
Federal officials warned Tuesday that 'nightmare bacteria' - including the deadly superbug that struck a National Institutes of Health facility two years ago - are increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, posing a growing threat to hospitals and nursing homes nationwide. Read article »

Source: The Washington Post

ED: Once again, advice from those in the know to improve hygiene practices - washing hands regularly and effectively. Washing hands is great, but as soon as you touch a compromised object or surface, you've just undone all that good work. Protecting objects and surfaces with Germ-O-Gard will minimize the rate at which you'll pick up new germs after washing hands.
Family falls sick after visiting city hospital
February 26, 2014 | Family falls sick after visiting city hospital
A pregnant woman wants answers from Auckland City Hospital after she and three family members became violently ill with a stomach bug following visits to an elderly relative. Read article »

Source: The New Zealand Herald
Middlemore on alert as virus strikes
February 4, 2014 | Middlemore on alert as virus strikes
Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland is taking extra precautions to protect against norovirus after more than a dozen people there fell ill with the stomach virus. Read article »

Source: The New Zealand Herald
Drug-resistant bacteria pose potential catastrophe, CDC warns
September 17, 2013 | Drug-resistant bacteria pose potential catastrophe, CDC warns
The nation faces 'potentially catastrophic consequences' if it doesn't act quickly to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, which kill an estimated 23,000 Americans each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Monday. Read article »

Source: The Washington Post


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