Germ-Warfare--Focus on Influenza, Norovirus, and Emerging Viral Diseases

Start Time:

8/11/2020 10:45:00 AM

End Time:

8/11/2020 11:45:00 AM

Room Number:






Cleaning Operations

About this session:

There have been as many as 11.4 million flu illnesses, 5.4 million medical visits for flu and 36,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also notes that each year on average, norovirus causes 19 to 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis which leads to 1.7 to 1.9 million outpatient visits and 400,000 emergency department visits, primarily in young children. It also contributes more than 70,000 hospitalizations and many deaths. This presentation focuses on dealing with outbreaks of these viral diseases in the built environments where people work, go to school, play and are entertained. It includes hotels, conference centers, universities and other spaces where viruses can persist for up to 40 days. The speaker's experience with flu, norovirus, emerging diseases, and persistent pathogens will provide new insights in cleaning and disinfecting. Using case histories and research data, he will cover the landscape of viral illness, with advice on curbing disease transmission, community messaging, and guidance on what to tell facility management, occupants and others to help PREVENT and disrupt the spread of highly infectious pathogens. He will dispel myths, highlight crucial findings of peer-reviewed studies in the built environment, and will empower attendees to help protect building occupants.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss how, where and why viral diseases can dramatically impact facilities and their occupants.
2. Determine how to craft and deliver compelling messages to key decision makers on disease consequences, prevention and control strategies.
3. Understand their roles in monitoring and supervising correct cleaning and disinfecting practices.
4. Highlight how to gain the upper hand when viruses strike.

Presented by:

Charles Gerba
University of Arizona

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