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  • 10 Mar 2023 11:39 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    How antimicrobial coatings can help maintain cleanliness

    The ebb and flow of a hospital setting is ceaselessly dynamic, with patients, visitors and staff making up a high volume of foot traffic travelling through corridors daily. It is no surprise that there is widespread exposure to microorganisms in this environment, and it is a constant struggle for healthcare providers to maintain clean conditions to limit the proliferation of bacteria. Regular cleaning is crucial; however, standard disinfectants retain limited residual activity after application, leaving high touch surfaces vulnerable to contamination through direct contact or airborne droplets.  

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    Enhancing hospital cleanliness 

    Antimicrobial coatings, like LapisShield by Microban, work as built-in adjuncts to normal cleaning practices, providing long-lasting protection that does not wear away to surfaces such as hospital curtains, countertops, clipboards and equipment. The active ingredient in this example works by disrupting internal enzymes, blocking metabolic pathways, and creating an inhospitable environment to interrupt bacterial reproduction.  

    More at source: Medical Plastic News

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  • 06 Mar 2023 10:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Home Cleaning Services Market Is Expected To Reach a Value of US$ 13.9 Billion by the End of 2033

    Floor Cleaning Services Segment to Generate 34% of the Global Market Revenue in 2023. Growing Demand for Natural Products to Fuel the Market Demand

     (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Home Cleaning Services market is expected to grow at a 6.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2033, according to Fact.MR. By 2033, the global market for these products is expected to reach US$ 13.9 billion. According to Fact MR, a provider of market research and competitive intelligence, the home cleaning service market is rapidly growing and is expected to continue its growth trajectory in the coming years.

    The home cleaning services market is being driven by a combination of demographic, economic, as well as cultural factors. As more people move into cities, the demand for home cleaning services increases. Urban dwellers typically have smaller living spaces, busy lifestyles, and higher disposable incomes, which make them more likely to use cleaning services. Hence, the increased urbanization is one of the major factors that is anticipated to boost the growth of the home cleaning services market over the analysis period.

    More at source: FACT.MR

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  • 03 Mar 2023 9:03 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Her son was brutally murdered in his Columbus apartment, then his friends received a $9,000 bill for cleanup

    COLUMBUS — After Eric Cavanaugh was murdered in the apartment he shared with his best friends, they were left with a $9,000 crime scene clean-up bill.

    It's something Eric's mother says makes no sense.

    “It’s mindboggling, it’s nauseating, it’s infuriating,” said Susanne Cavanaugh, Eric's mother.

    Eric Cavanaugh graduated from Columbus East High School. His mother says he was full of hopes and dreams like any other 19-year-old.

    The teens’ renter’s insurance covered $2,000, the maximum under their policy for “biohazard cleanup.”

    Pictures of the aftermath of the cleanup show the company ripped out blood-stained carpet and cut holes in furniture to remove blood stains.

    More at source: ABC

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  • 27 Feb 2023 9:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    County janitorial companies must protect workers’ rights or lose their contracts, supervisors decide

    In a 4-1 vote, the board directed the contracting department to negotiate with current contractors to incorporate the new labor standards into existing contracts for janitorial, landscaping and security services, and authorized the agency to solicit bids for that work if an agreement can’t be reached. Supervisor Jim Desmond objected, saying new contracts would be too expensive.

    Strikers wearing safety vests and purple T-shirts picket, carrying signs saying "Nova Unfair" and "Justice for janitors."

    The new county policy protects janitors, landscapers and security staff against wage theft, sexual harassment and other unfair work practices by county contractors, setting wage standards and creating a wage-theft fund to reimburse employees. But the policy, passed in December, doesn’t apply to contracts entered before that.

    More at source: San Diego Union Tribune

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  • 24 Feb 2023 8:41 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Long COVID Now Looks like a Neurological Disease, Helping Doctors to Focus Treatments

    People with long COVID have symptoms such as pain, extreme fatigue and “brain fog,” or difficulty concentrating or remembering things. As of February 2022, the syndrome was estimated to affect about 16 million adults in the U.S. and had forced between two million and four million Americans out of the workforce, many of whom have yet to return. Long COVID often arises in otherwise healthy young people, and it can follow even a mild initial infection. Graphic highlights various ways SARS-CoV-2 can affect the brain and nerves, either by accessing and lingering in nervous system tissues or by stimulating the immune system to react in ways that damage the brain.

    The risk appears at least slightly higher in people who were hospitalized for COVID and in older adults (who end up in the hospital more often). Women and those at socioeconomic disadvantage also face higher risk, as do people who smoke, are obese, or have any of an array of health conditions, particularly autoimmune disease. Vaccination appears to reduce the danger but does not entirely prevent long COVID.

    More at source: Scientific America

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  • 17 Feb 2023 8:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Future of Long COVID - This emergency is not about to end.

    COVID still lacks a universal clinical definition and a standard diagnosis protocol; there’s no consensus on its prevalence, or even what symptoms fall under its purview. Although experts now agree that long COVID does not refer to a single illness, but rather is an umbrella term, like cancer,

    Graphic of a coronavirus particle with a hole at the center, like a tunnel

    they disagree on the number of subtypes that fall within it and how, exactly, each might manifest. Some risk factors—among them, a COVID hospitalization, female sex, and certain preexisting medical conditions—have been identified, but researchers are still trying to identify others amid fluctuating population immunity and the endless slog of viral variants. 

    More at source: The Atlantic

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  • 10 Feb 2023 11:52 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Covid emergency in the U.S. ends May 11. HHS officials say here’s what to expect

    The Health and Human Services Department on Thursday laid out what will change and will remain the same when the three-year-long Covid public health emergency ends in May.

    Health Secretary Xavier Becerra officially informed state governors on Thursday that he is renewing the declaration a final time but plans to let the emergency expire on May 11. The White House had already informed Congress of these plans last week.

    HHS officials in a call with reporters laid out what the the public can expect when the emergency ends.

    People walk past a COVID-19 walk up testing site on July 28, 2022 in New York City.

    Immediate changes:

    • People with private health insurance may have to pay for Covid tests, both over the counter and lab, depending on their plan.
    • Seniors with Medicare Part B will start paying for over-the-counter tests, though the program will cover lab tests.
    • Hospitals will lose flexibility to expand capacity in response to surges...

    More at source: CNBC

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  • 06 Feb 2023 11:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Ecolab launches cleaning product line with Home Depot

    Ecolab has launched its first consumer retail product line, Ecolab Scientific Clean, in partnership with Home Depot.

    Ecolab and Home Depot announced a partnership Feb. 2, 2023 to offer a variety of cleaning products for professionals and "DIY customers." Products are now available at Home Depot. (Courtesy of Ecolab)

    Ecolab cleaning products for contractors and DIY customers are now available at Home Depot. (Courtesy of Ecolab)

    The product line, which is available exclusively at Home Depot, offers cleaning products like degreasers, pressure washer concentrates, floor care and bathroom cleaners, according to a company news release.

    For the past 100 years, Ecolab has partnered with professionals to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier. From hospitals and restaurants, to manufacturing and production facilities, our science-backed cleaning solutions have been hard at work – and behind the scenes. 

    More at source: Ecolab

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  • 03 Feb 2023 12:01 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitor, 72, Gets Trapped in Cell for 3 Days Without Food After Door Shut Behind Her While Cleaning

    A 72-year-old janitor spent three nights trapped inside a Florida holding cell with no access to food or diabetes medication before deputies discovered her.

    The janitor, identified by NBC affiliate station WESH as Libia Vargas De Dinas, told the outlet that the incident took place "on the top floor" of the Orange County Courthouse, which is not an area where anyone would go over the weekend.

    Orange County Florida Courthouse in Orlando

    While cleaning a holding cell on the 23rd floor on Friday night around 9:30 p.m., the door shut behind her, locking her inside, according to an incident report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office that was obtained by PEOPLE.

    She "knocked on the door and tried to pull it open," but was unsuccessful, per the report. Additionally, she was not able to call for help as she left her phone on her janitorial cart...

    More at source: People

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  • 30 Jan 2023 12:09 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Microbes are colonizing the supermarket cleaning aisle

    Cleaning products featuring live bacteria are making their way into home care

    Home care, though, is a new place for microbes to bloom. A wave of products hitting the market say they will deliver a deeper clean and a healthier domestic microbiome—if consumers can be persuaded to intentionally seed their homes with beneficial bacteria.

    These aren’t just any old bugs. According to John Harp, deployment team lead for microbial cleaners at the microbe and enzyme makerNovozymes, the species being rolled out in cleaning products are Bacillus and Lactobacillus bacteria isolated from natural environments including soil, waterways, and animal microbiomes.

    A good microbial janitor has two main characteristics, Harp says. First, it needs to excrete enzymes in large quantities. The enzymes do the heavy cleaning, catalytically breaking down recalcitrant soil materials such as grease, starch, and protein into small chunks that the bacteria can absorb and eat.

    More at source: Chemical & Engineering News

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