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Why Influenza Is Back On the Sickly Attack in Iowa

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Sadly, Influenza is writing Iowa’s worst comeback story of the year. After lying mostly dormant for the last two seasons, the flu is roaring both across the state and the nation during what has been an alarming and extremely sickly start to the 2023-23 cold and flu season. Arriving earlier than usual, Influenza has already […]

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RSV’s Comeback Bad News for Iowa Kids

For U.S. children this flu season, there’s no scarier letters than RSV. After two years of lying relatively dormant thanks to COVID-19 social distancing and prevention measures, Respiratory Syncytial Virus has been storming the country coast to coast. RSV, which affects the nose, throat and lungs, is the leading cause of hospitalizations among babies. This […]

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Global Handwashing Day 2022 Delivers Universal Hygiene Message

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Hands + Soap & Water = Clean, Healthy Hands. The world’s most powerful, proven formula for strong hand hygiene has gained even more strength in the age of the Coronavirus. From Denmark to Chile, New York City to New Guinea, regular handwashing across the planet is saving numerous lives every day. The theme for Global […]

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Is Monkeypox a Threat to America’s Schools?

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In the age of the coronavirus, there are seemingly a million germ and virial threats awaiting America’s school kids as they return to class this fall. Thankfully, the nation’s health experts don’t believe the dangerous new Monkeypox virus will be one of them. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention classifies monkeypox as a […]

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A Nervous Iowan’s Guide to the Coronavirus

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As it sets the entire world on edge from Canada to China to Australia, the coronavirus is both the world’s most terrifying and confusing virus. Iowa health officials are monitoring the troublesome epidemic, which thankfully has not yet produced any confirmed cases in the Hawkeye State. Many people don’t have a clear understanding of the […]

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Dirty, messy desk

Welcome to the Filthiest Place in America: Your Desk

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Author’s Disclaimer: Folks, we’re not here to judge. We’re here to help.  You get to work, take off your coat, turn on your computer, put down your coffee, sit down and get to work. Proceed with caution: You’ve just sat down at maybe the filthiest place in America. If you’re reading this blog at your […]

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Study: Sanitizer Beats Soap At Cleaning Kids’ Hands

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Pediatrics’ 8-month analysis of 911 toddlers finds kids using hand sanitizer miss fewer days of school, have fewer respiratory infections Kids are adorable, but as every parent can testify, they are also adorable germ machines. Kids collect sickly germs and bacteria like Microsoft collects cash: stockpiling them in factors of ten. They trade germs with […]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (ARB) Terrorizing Hospitals and Healthcare Centers

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria ‘a global health emergency’ killing 23,000 Americans annually Doctors’ worst fear realized is now stalking U.S. hospitals, forcing the country’s health officials to think outside the box to try to derail a nightmare bacterium resistant to almost every drug. In 2017 alone, Kaiser Health News reports, antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found more than 200 […]

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Know the Germy Secrets School Lunch Boxes Keep

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Ah, lunch, most kids’ favorite class of the day is a delicious, fun escape from school. Unfortunately, lunch can also be the sickliest period of the school day. The culprit is one of the least likely suspects to harbor harmful germs and bacteria. An alarming new study reveals almost 73 percent of school lunch boxes […]

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Applying alcohol-free hand sanitizer to hands

Are You Properly Applying Hand Sanitizer? Probably Not.

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 Apply to hand sanitizer to hands, rub quickly on hands, 99.9 percent of germs gone, right? Wrong. When soap and water aren’t available, nothing’s more effective than scrubbing hands clean of germs and bacteria than hand sanitizer, but proper application procedures are needed to ensure hand sanitizers can do their job and cleanse hands of […]

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Hand Washing Ideas for Kids

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Helpful Hand Washing Tips for Your Kids to Try Keeping hands clean through the use of proper hand hygiene is the most important step you can take to avoid illness and spreading germs to others.  However, without using proper hand hygiene, your hands will not be clean and germ-free. The most common mistake with hand […]

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