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This flu season, we all need to do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy — including keeping "high touch" surfaces like doorknobs, phones and toys clean. Flu viruses, including the H1N1 virus, can survive on these surfaces for several hours. However, once the wet droplets are completely dry, the virus is no longer infectious. According to the CDC, this can take anywhere from two to eight hours.

If someone you live, work, or go to school with is sick with the flu, it is important to keep all communal surfaces clean. But there is NO NEED to utilize industrial sanitization measures or specialty cleaning crews – any person our company that charges for services to "sanitize" your home or office against H1N1 is simply taking advantage of the current H1N1 flu situation and preying on your fears. There is no magic chemical that kills flu viruses. Any regular household cleaner will do. Just follow the directions on the product label.

You do not need to separately clean linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick; however, you should not share these items without thoroughly washing them first. Also, we recommend you throw tissues and other disposable items used by an infected person in the trash.

In addition, it is important that everyone continues to take simple preventative steps including washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

We encourage all residents to utilize the comments section on this blog to engage with us and each other.  While we cannot respond to every comment or question directly, we find them very helpful to understand your questions and concerns and plan for future posts. 

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Communications Office

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