Infection Prevention Needs a New Normal
Infection Prevention Needs a New Normal
Before COVID-19, millions of Americans got sick each year and we accepted it.
This was normal. We now understand how seriously we've underestimated the real impact of spreading infection. We also know we shouldn't tolerate such high rates of infection anymore. We can be better at stopping disease.
40m Influenza. Seasonal influenza puts a big burden on our health, which can impact worker absenteeism and daily productivity. Estimated cost: More than $87B a year in total economic impact.
21m Norovirus. Every year, norovirus is estimated to cost $60 billion worldwide due to healthcare costs and lost productivity.
1m HAIs (health-associated infections).
Sadly, 99,000 of those result in death.
E. coli. impacts 265,000 Americans every year. One variant of E.coli costs almost $300 million a year.
Staph infections impact 100,000 Americans every year. (MRSA alone costs the US economy $3 billion a year.)
These are just the numbers we know.
Epidemiological studies indicate the impact is even greater. In fact, viruses play a role in seven of the top ten killers in the U.S. (Heart Disease, Cancer, Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, Cerebrovascular Disease, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, and Influenza/Pneumonia). Viral infections have also contributed to a surge in auto-immune diseases, causing lifelong struggles for millions of Americans.
COVID showed us how fragile and unprepared we really are. It also showed us how resilient we are. How we can be better. How we can live smarter. What we can do and what we must do. It's up to all of us to create the safest world possible. Starting with the world around you.
Poor health comes with a big price tag: $575 billion annually in the U.S.
The healthier we are, the healthier our economy is.
Sick days are costing us more and more money every year. And pre-COVID, the number of people showing up at work sick was on the rise. Together, we can break this seemingly never-ending cycle. It's time we stand up for our health, for the health of workers and for the health of our nation's economy.
If we set our infection prevention standards higher, our economy will follow.
Today, Disinfection Is Flawed
The Costs of Deploying Disinfection are High.
A Clorox study found that in hospitals, even with highly, trained staff, disinfection through wiping surfaces with chemicals only effectively cleaned 50% of surfaces.
Disinfecting buildings requires thousands of gallons of chemicals each year. These chemicals are directly harmful, to the environment, but also leave a significant carbon footprint through high transportation costs.
Errors in dilution, mixing and applications of chemicals can result in:
⋅short-term respiratory issues
⋅skin and eye damage
⋅asthma, lung disease and other long-term serious health consequences
High labor costs, time consuming and dangerous. On average, about 87% of manual disinfection costs are labor and only 13% are the chemical and other related costs.
Opportunity to Reset for a Better Future
A year ago, none of us could have imagined the world we live in today.
But if we continue to learn and work together, we will build a brighter, more hopeful future. As the world continues to open up, we have the rare opportunity to recalibrate our commitment to each other as humans, companies and services. In fact, 82% of people believe this is an opportunity for large companies to hit the 'reset' button and focus on what's doing right by their workers, customers, community and the environment.
0%believe companies should 'reset' and do right by their workers
0%believe "safety" is different now than six months ago
0%are still worried about leaving their homes
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