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  • 08 Dec 2020 8:09 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 02 Dec 2020 9:49 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities will be the first groups to be offered the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new proposal from an independent advisory committee within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met virtually on Tuesday to discuss who would receive the first doses of the vaccine and to vote on the proposed language for the recommendation. The proposal passed 13 to 1.

    The panel of outside scientific experts makes recommendations to the CDC, which almost always accepts them.

    “We have spent eight months discussing and evaluating the data,” Dr. José Romero, ACIP chair, said following the vote. “We are using the principles of maximizing benefits and minimizing harms, promoting justice and mitigating health inequities.”

    More at source: NBC

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  • 26 Nov 2020 9:04 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A special Thank You to Clients, Members, Sponsors, Friends & Family may your Thanksgiving and all the days ahead be filled with happiness, joy and prosperity. 

    IJCSA Offices will be closed today and reopen Friday at 9am - All online services are available as always 24/7 - Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 20 Nov 2020 7:56 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 19 Nov 2020 10:11 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Springfield's custodians and cleaning service employees are just as much on the pandemic front lines as health care workers and emergency responders, but their work isn't as well-known because it often occurs after hours and when buildings are empty. Armed with gloves, masks, potent disinfectants and a literally healthy dose of caution, they are sent to areas where doing a good job might save someone's life.

    Are they concerned for their own safety? Certainly. But their experience and training help them to mitigate the risk, and they are proud of the vital job that they do.

    Springfield Airport Authority custodian Jim Coleman uses an electrostatic spraying machine to disinfect the waiting area at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. - PHOTO BY DAVID BLANCHETTE

    Dushun Hogan owns Cleaning General Janitorial Services Inc. of Springfield. He's been in business for five years and has four employees, one of whom tested positive for COVID, likely from a non-work-related source. The employee has since recovered and has resumed working.

    Hogan said his greatest concern right now is the effect that the pandemic will have on the businesses that he cleans.

    More at source: Illinois Times

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  • 17 Nov 2020 11:25 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    PHOENIX - Shelves in Valley grocery stores are starting to look like they did back in the spring.

    Paper products like paper towels and toilet paper and some cleaning supplies are once again becoming hard to find.

    "It was, in a way, expected," HItendra Chaturvedi, a professor of supply chain management at ASU, said.

    Arizonans started to buy up items at the end of October following a trend seen elsewhere in the country.

    Chaturvedi said the three main reasons why are: COVID-19 cases going up, people stocking up for winter and the election.

    RELATED: Preparing for a pandemic doesn't include stocking up on toilet paper

    The difference between now and the spring Chaturvedi said is that there is supply.

    "The companies are better prepared, and they have more capability," Chaturvedi said. "But we just have to be careful that we don't hoard for the next six months."

    More at source: KVOA

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  • 12 Nov 2020 6:49 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 10 Nov 2020 7:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Englewood, CO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Bona US, a global, sustainably-driven company that supplies products for installing, renovating, maintaining and restoring premium floors, is launching its new, EPA certified, Bona® PowerPlus® Antibacterial Surface Cleaner specifically formulated for sealed non-porous hard surfaces. The ready-to-use antibacterial cleaner kills 99.9% of household germs* through the power of hydrogen peroxide and is available in unscented, Lemon Zest or Orange Blossom scents.

    “Bona is taking our 100 years of experience off the floor with this new Bona PowerPlus® Antibacterial Surface Cleaner,” said Andy Telatnik, Director of Marketing, Retail, Bona US. “Safer cleaning doesn’t mean sacrificing efficacy. This hydrogen peroxided-based disinfectant cleaning solution is tough on germs, grease, and grime without harsh chemicals.”

    Bona PowerPlus Antibacterial Surface Cleaner disinfects non-porous hard surfaces including sealed stone and tile, stainless steel, glass, glazed porcelain, and mirrors with no harsh chemical smell. The ready-to-use, streak-free formula is available in unscented, a bright, citrus Lemon Zest scent, or a fresh floral Orange Blossom scent.

    Telatnik continued, “Some traditional antibacterial cleaners use quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats,” to kill bacteria. Bona PowerPlus Antibacterial Surface Cleaner is a quat-free formulation that uses the power of hydrogen peroxide to clean without leaving a residue behind.”

    Bona PowerPlus Antibacterial Surface Cleaner in unscented, Lemon Zest, or Orange Blossom have a suggested retail of $8.99 and are now available in a 22oz. spray bottle at Target, Meijer, and more retailers coming soon.  

    *Kills 99.9% of Influenza A H1N1 Virus, Rhinovirus, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA], and Trichophyton mentagrophytes on hard, non-porous surfaces in 10 minutes.

    More at source: Bona

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  • 31 Oct 2020 8:17 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Trepidation soon gave way to excitement when Toru Koremura, president of a Tokyo-based cleaning company, took up the challenge of disinfecting the Diamond Princess — a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama that made global headlines earlier this year as a “petri dish” for the COVID-19 virus.

    The 38-year-old cleaning specialist admits part of him was scared to delve into what was then considered one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 hotspots.

    Ryosuke Otake (right) and Kohei Mizoguchi, founders of cleaning company Unisons in Yokohama, say they hope the growing public appreciation of their profession amid the pandemic will contribute toward reducing lonely deaths among older people. | TOMOHIRO OSAKI

    But in the end, what overcame his fear was the thought of what he and others tasked with decontaminating the vessel might be able to achieve: ridding the world of the notion that Japan was the source of the outbreak.

    “With all eyes on the Diamond Princess, I remember that there was this narrative back then that Japan was somehow where the virus was originating — I saw media reports saying Japanese people were being discriminated against overseas and treated as if they were virus spreaders,” said Koremura, head of cleaning firm Riskbenefit Co., in a recent interview.

    At the time, the world was also increasingly doubtful that the nation would be able to host the Summer Olympics.

    More at source: Japan Times

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  • 19 Oct 2020 7:10 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    3- Spraying disinfectant and wiping it up immediately

    “Most household disinfectant holds a three- to 10-minute dwell time, which means the product needs to sit wet on a surface for it to actually disinfectant,” says Karina Neff, president and CEO of MaxiMaids. “Also note that it’s important to remove debris or dirt from the surface with a microfiber towel before disinfecting.”

    Cleaning mistakes

    Those are just two of the ways you’ve probably been using disinfectants wrong. To properly disinfect, wipe down the surface with your towel to remove soil, debris, and dirt, and then spray the surface with your disinfectant. Follow the label instructions for the product dwell time, then wipe up. Neff is a fan of Clorox Disinfecting Spray because it’s EPA tested and approved, as is Lysol, which is one of the few products that’s also been proven to kill coronavirus on surfaces.

    More tips at source: Readers Digest

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