By Matt Ellis
Thankfully, health experts say the current flu season is not shaping up to be among the worst in recent memory but, with the season lingering until May, more people will still be getting sick. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the strain that most people are likely to contract is H3N2, widely recognized for being more severe than the H1N1 virus.
“It looks like we are moving from an H1 wave to an H3 wave,” said Lynnette Brammer, lead of CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team. “There’s still a lot of flu to come.”
More and more, facilities are finding electrostatic spraying is a superior solution for killing germs that cause the flu. AffinEco has been offering the Clorox Total 360 System as an add-on option to clients in schools, medical facilities, and offices since 2017. VP and General Manager Jorge Jimenez says the system is unmatched in its ability to kill germs and bacteria. “The machine is amazing,” he said. “It is a really helpful piece of equipment for us, especially at this time of year.”
The electrostatic sprayer targets high-touch surfaces and difficult-to-reach areas, sanitizing and disinfecting large spaces in a short period of time. In fact, Clorox claims the system can effectively spray 18,000 square feet per hour. The kill time is about two minutes for bacteria and under two minutes for viruses. No wiping is required, and it’s safe for all surfaces including electronics. That means keyboards, computers, desktops, doorknobs, stair railings, and more can all be treated in one fell swoop.
AffinEco is actively marketing the Clorox Total 360 System, especially to its education and medical customers. “It’s not the least expensive way to kill cold and flu viruses, but it’s probably the best one we know of,” said Jimenez. “The disinfectant spray gets everywhere, even on the back side of surfaces, because of the electrostatic technology.”
Gary Olsen, who represents the supply company Strauss Paper, explained it this way. “It’s not like a typical system where you spray a mist and gravity takes hold and it falls where it will. This can envelop a surface completely because of the pull it has between the negative and positive charges. Gravity is not taking force and dropping it to the ground.”
The cleaning association ISSA named the Clorox Total 360 system its 2017 Innovation of the Year. Not long after, AffinEco tested the machine at a daycare center in Stamford and Jimenez realized right away, “This [was] a revolutionary piece of equipment.”
Every flu season, the CDC strongly advises people to make sure they get a flu shot, keep their hands clean, and cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbows – not into their hands. The agency can’t recommend electrostatic spraying with a professional strength sanitizing solution, but cleaning professionals clearly agree it’s one of the most effective weapons in their arsenal to keep a building clean and its occupants healthy.
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