Keeping Safe from Virus and Bacteria Outbreaks

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It seems like there’s always some sort of news about a new virus or bacteria making its way around the country. While we all know to wash our hands, use antibacterial wipes, wear masks, etc., have you ever really thought about what your shoes are tracking in? Our shoes are the silent trackers of on average 421,000 units of bacteria, according to a study conducted by the University of Arizona. Some of these bacterias, such as E. Coli can be extremely harmful.

In fact, the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in southern California is a definite wake up call for this issue.

“Los Angeles health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in the county on Tuesday, days after San Diego County announced a public health emergency due to the virus that killed at least 16 people.

Ten cases have been reported in L.A. County, health officials said. Two of the cases were identified as ‘community-acquired’ and couldn’t be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz, where more than 500 people have been infected in the last few months, FOX11 LA reported.

Most of the patients infected are homeless or active users of illegal drugs. However, some healthcare workers helping those infected have also caught hepatitis A, Ferrer said. She urged health care providers, food service workers and shelter employees to immediately get vaccinated to prevent infection.

The outbreaks caused city officials to frantically bleach and sanitize streets and areas of downtown San Diego described as ‘fecally contaminated.’ San Diego mayoral spokesman Craig Gustafson said the cleanings are scheduled to occur three times a week, every other week.”

Let’s think about it – if the city has to wash down the streets, sidewalks and public places three times a week every other week because of the potential of germs, then your shoes also carry that same potential. These bacterias and viruses can stay on your shoes for weeks feeding off the other debris your shoes pick up throughout the day.

If these bacteria and viruses just stayed on your shoes, it would be easier to deal with. Unfortunately, the bacteria gets spread from your shoes to the floor surfaces you walk on. That means that your home and work place floors are constantly being bombarded and subject to germ transmission… and ultimately those germs can be transferred from the floor and onto your body, the things in your home, the equipment at your workplace and the products being made at your facility.

At least the solution for this problem is fairly easy – don’t let shoes inside your house. Also, wipe them down with antibacterial wipes or wash them in cold water and Tide detergent. However, for the best solution, you can use a sanitation mat that will sanitize your shoes before you enter the home or workplace. This will disinfect your shoes and as a result greatly reduce the spread of germs and bacteria – keeping you and your family and your co-workers that little bit more safe from potentially harmful germs.

To learn more about how show sanitization mats work, click here.