The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that each year 164 million school days are lost due to illness. (Source: CDC 2014)
Resources and Facts on Cold and Flu Season:
What are the differences between cold symptoms and flu symptoms?
Cold and flu symptoms can overlap each other. If you’re trying to determine if you have a cold or flu, see the following:
What are the symptoms of a cold?
Cold symptoms can last from 2 days to 2 weeks, most people recover in 1 week to 10 days. Symptoms of the common cold usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and include:
- Sore throat
- Mucus build up in your nose
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Swelling of your sinuses
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu comes on suddenly, though people can host the flu virus for 1-4 days before symptoms begin to emerge. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills*
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
What resources can be used to track cold and flu season?
You can track the flu virus on the website for The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC collects, compiles and analyses information on influenza activity year round in the United States and produces a weekly report from October through mid-May.
You can track the influenza virus and the current flu season by clicking here.
Peak Season for Cold and Flu Activity:
Flu timing is unpredictable and varies from season to season. Flu activity begins as early as October and continues through late May. Flu activity peaks in the United States in January or February.
The 2014-2015 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
- a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
How Should You Wash Your Hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
Check out the CDC website for the following links:
How to Wash Your Hands
When to Use Hand Sanitizer
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Betco CleanDegrees Education Program helps K-12 facilities understand and incorporate the “Science Behind Clean” and identify the key “touch points” within their facilities, while staying compliant with the newly established K-12 Clean Standard.
Schools that adopt the cleaning and education program will achieve a reduction in germs and bacteria on key touch point areas such as desktops, water fountains, lockers and restroom sinks by utilizing Betco’s ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) meter system, reducing absenteeism and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for students and faculty.
Link for the K-12 Clean Standard:
Link for the Betco Clean Degrees Program:
Krysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys yoga, running and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly.