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  • 30 Oct 2020 8:37 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Trepidation soon gave way to excitement when Toru Koremura, president of a Tokyo-based cleaning company, took up the challenge of disinfecting the Diamond Princess — a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama that made global headlines earlier this year as a “petri dish” for the COVID-19 virus.

    The 38-year-old cleaning specialist admits part of him was scared to delve into what was then considered one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 hotspots.

    Ryosuke Otake (right) and Kohei Mizoguchi, founders of cleaning company Unisons in Yokohama, say they hope the growing public appreciation of their profession amid the pandemic will contribute toward reducing lonely deaths among older people. | TOMOHIRO OSAKI

    But in the end, what overcame his fear was the thought of what he and others tasked with decontaminating the vessel might be able to achieve: ridding the world of the notion that Japan was the source of the outbreak.

    “With all eyes on the Diamond Princess, I remember that there was this narrative back then that Japan was somehow where the virus was originating — I saw media reports saying Japanese people were being discriminated against overseas and treated as if they were virus spreaders,” said Koremura, head of cleaning firm Riskbenefit Co., in a recent interview.

    At the time, the world was also increasingly doubtful that the nation would be able to host the Summer Olympics.

    More at source: Japan Times

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  • 19 Oct 2020 7:10 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    3- Spraying disinfectant and wiping it up immediately

    “Most household disinfectant holds a three- to 10-minute dwell time, which means the product needs to sit wet on a surface for it to actually disinfectant,” says Karina Neff, president and CEO of MaxiMaids. “Also note that it’s important to remove debris or dirt from the surface with a microfiber towel before disinfecting.”

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    Those are just two of the ways you’ve probably been using disinfectants wrong. To properly disinfect, wipe down the surface with your towel to remove soil, debris, and dirt, and then spray the surface with your disinfectant. Follow the label instructions for the product dwell time, then wipe up. Neff is a fan of Clorox Disinfecting Spray because it’s EPA tested and approved, as is Lysol, which is one of the few products that’s also been proven to kill coronavirus on surfaces.

    More tips at source: Readers Digest

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  • 14 Oct 2020 7:27 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 05 Oct 2020 7:40 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The stadium claims it’s the first professional sports stadium to use cleaning drones, and it says they reduce the time it takes to clean the stadium’s seating area by 95 percent, freeing up staff to work elsewhere. The drones will also disinfect the stadium’s handrails and glass partitions. Two drones will be used, with a third to be used as a backup, ESPN reports. 


    As the world has reckoned with how to reopen public spaces during a pandemic, remote cleaning solutions like these have emerged as a high profile way of disinfecting large areas efficiently, while being able to keep cleaning staff socially distanced from one another. In May, Pittsburgh’s airport rolled out a ...

    More at source: ESPN

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  • 01 Oct 2020 8:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols," which are produced even when a person breathes.

    "Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread," the site now says.

    Previously, the CDC page said that COVID-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks."

    The page, updated Friday, still says COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes."

    These particles can cause infection when "inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs," it says. "This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads."

    More at source: CDC

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  • 15 Sep 2020 7:09 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    An employee sets up two large desk fans and uses them to regularly spray alcohol disinfectant in hopes of keeping her workspace free from Covid-19. However, the strong-smelling sanitizer triggers headaches in a nearby co-worker, who complains.

    This dispute occurred between two employees at a Midwest accounting firm, according to Philippe Weiss, president of Seyfarth at Work, a consulting division of management-side law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

    The employer ultimately resolved the situation by separating the two employees and providing “low-aroma” cleaning kits to all its workers, Weiss said. But the fight over the fans shows the potential for litigation over pandemic return-to-work issues, he said.

    “With allergies, sensitivities, and the general risks related to rising employee tempers, other employers facing a similar set of facts may not be as fortunate,” Weiss said.

    More At Source: Bloomberg

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  • 11 Sep 2020 8:00 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Today we honor the 3,000 men, women and children who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. As part of the commemoration, please join us in observing the following moments of silence: 8:46 a.m. 

  • 08 Sep 2020 8:04 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 31 Aug 2020 7:34 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Giving your home a deep clean ahead of autumn is crucial. As soon as those radiators are turned on and it becomes too chilly to open the windows, your home can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

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    ‘You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your home a different feel through the autumn and winter months,’ says Lucy. ‘Dig out your blankets, light a few candles and dim the lights for that cosy, warm atmosphere.’

    More at source: Ideal Home

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