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Flu & Coronavirus Update
16,000 Deaths including 105 children (up 13 from previous week)
Coronavirus numbers spike sharply over the weekend - CBS News reports more than 79,000 cases as of Monday morning 2/24
Total deaths as of Monday total 2,628
Italy becomes hardest hit European country with 200+ cases and 5 deaths
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 78,811 confirmed cases including 1017 in the 24 hours prior to 2/23
Avoiding those infected and hand washing top list of precautions; Hospitals, Clinics and Individuals must focus on mobile device disinfection as well.
Updated Feb 24, 2020 - With the latest understanding of the disease in place, the total number of Coronavirus cases now exceeds 79,000, with more than 2,600 confirmed deaths worldwide. Late In late January, Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston said, "The lesson we've learned is Coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest global health threats."
Scientists in the US and at the National Institutes of Health are working on a vaccine, but it is expected it will be more than a year before one is available.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. In general, the public should do "what you do every cold and flu season," said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state -- where the first US case of Coronavirus was confirmed. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water.
If hand washing is at the forefront of protection from Coronavirus, as with most infectious diseases, the disinfection of handheld mobile devices is the next logical step.
180+ Hospitals / Hospital Groups Fight Back Against
All Infections with The UV Box
More than 180 hospitals and hospital groups have selected The UV Box from Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems to disinfect personal phones, facility-issued smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
By instructing staff and visitors to extend hand washing for the full 55 second device disinfection cycle of The UV Box, hospitals can systematically increase hand washing times. This is especially important in light of the fact that many antimicrobials have to be on the hands for 20 seconds before they start working, yet 90% of people don’t wash their hands for 20 to 30 seconds.
By simultaneously performing both functions - hand washing and device disinfection - users step away with their devices disinfected and their hands properly cleaned.
Sen. Tom Cotton On Coronavirus:
October 22, 2019
Carilion Hospital: Zero Infections after 3 Years of UV Box Use!
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is celebrating three years of zero central line infection rates in their NICU.
See The UV Box this week at Cleanis Booth 1039, APIC 2019 in Philadelphia! Chemical-free, safe mobile device disinfection up to 99.999% in 55-seconds
June 10, 2019
The biggest change since this video was posted is the The UV Box is now readily available. Chemical-free, safe mobile device disinfection up to 99.999% in 55-seconds.
New York Times May 30, 2019
Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says
According to an article in the NY Times, there had been 550 confirmed cases of measles in New York City since September 2018. As of May 28th, there have been 254 cases of measles in Rockland County, NY.
The C.D.C. said on Thursday that if the current outbreak continues into the summer and fall, the United States could lose its “measles elimination status.” That means the disease would be considered endemic in the country for the first time in a generation.
Are TV Commentator Sounding False Alarm on Contagious Nature of Measles Virus?
The website, Pundit FactCheck took a look at the warnings being sounded by TV medical experts on the measles virus. According to the site, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen's warning in an interview with Anderson Cooper about the contagious nature of the virus was worth checking.
Particularly in question was, her statement that "if someone is in a room that has measles and leaves and you walk in two hours later, you could get measles from that person."
New York Times:
"Worst Year for Measles in a Quarter Century..."
This year's measles outbreak has increased interest in AUVS' germicidal enclosure, The UV Box. According to an article in the New York Times the seriousness of that outbreak and the contagious nature of the virus is not without justifiable concern. Among those concerns are the fact that "infected people can transmit the measles virus starting four days before they develop a rash, so they may be contagious before they realize they have the disease." In addition the article states the virus can live on surfaces for several hours, and is so contagious that, according to the C.D.C., “you can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to two hours after that person is gone.”
USA Today Gives Visibility to the Cell Phone Cross-Contamination Problem
According to a March 5th article in the USA Today...
“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers said in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal phones.
A study by the University of Arizona found the typical worker’s desk, which tends to be your smartphone’s home for about 40 hours a week, has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat.
Other studies have found serious pathogens on smartphones such as Streptococcus, MRSA – a type of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics – and even E. coli.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, and our smartphones have basically become an extension of that."
Going beyond the article in terms of solutions, The UV Box from AUVS remains the system of choice in more than 100 hospital groups and healthcare organizations based on:
Efficacy – Up to 99.995%, 4.5 log disinfection of MRSA and C.diff spores - and up to 99.999%, 5.25 log disinfection or Norovirus - all in just 55 seconds
Ease of Use – One-button operation
Flexibility – An enclosure size than can handle more than just cell phones
Economy – A one-time cost that produces no wast product
The USA-designed-and-made UV Box is also moving into the Food Processing, Foodservice, Education, Transportation, Travel & Leisure Industries, among others.
See The UV Box at AORN
The UV Box: Up to 5.25 log, 99.999% mobile device disinfection in just 55 seconds, from AUVS.
See it at AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo
- Cleanis Booth 510
Hand Hyigene Plus
Patients know how dirty cell phones and tablets are: the subject is covered in all major media.
AUVS' Hand Hygiene Plus program delivers a one-two punch directly addressing the problem AND your patient's concerns.
Hand Hygiene Plus:
1) Provides a proven line of defense against germs and cross-contamination with The UV Box and 55-second disinfection!
2) Helps your hospital deliver a visible message about your commitment to providing a safer environment.
To learn more click or call: 716-525-2127
NEWSFLASH - Feb 7, 2019
Latest independent lab test results show The UV Box delivers 5.25 log, 99.999% disinfection of norovirus on handheld devices including tablets and smartphones in just 55 seconds.
Southeast Hospital Group
Picks The UV Box
NEWSFLASH - Dec. 15, 2018
AUVS' Germicidal enclosure, The UV Box, has been selected as the group-wide Mobile Handheld Device disinfection system for a 14 hospital group in the southeast - More information to follow,
AUVS Germicidal Enclosure, The UV Box, Protecting Hospital's Youngest Patients
Virginia Hospital Puts The UV Box on front line in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Hospital Spreads Word on Protecting Its Community
Carilion Clinic's is letting the community know about the new level of safety The UV Box provides.
AUVS Releases List of Recent UV Box
Hospitals across the US are adding The UV Box to the Hand Hygiene Bundle.
Medical-Quality Disinfection Targets Mobile Devices
in the Food Processing and Foodservice Industries
The UV Box Targets Mobile devices that come in close contact with food, processing and serving