H1N1 Influenza Virus
In March of 2009, human cases of infection with a novel strain of influenza A virus (H1N1), originally referred to as *swine flu,* emerged in Mexico. The first case was confirmed in the United States on April 15, 2009 and over the next several weeks, H1N1 continued to spread around the globe, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a Pandemic on June 11, 2009. Human infections with the new H1N1 virus have continued throughout the summer. Most people who have become ill with this new virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment. Current evidence demonstrates that the H1N1 virus has rapidly established itself and is now the dominant influenza strain in most parts of the world. Below are a couple of internet links to government websites providing detailed information on the status of the outbreaks, prudent steps to follow in order to mitigate the chances of contracting Swine Flu, and what to do if you have contracted it.
Building Ownership is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for tenants and guests. In response to the Swine Flu virus, additional precautions in the cleaning of the building have been implemented. These measures include:
- Maintaining outside air flow to the building to make sure the proper amount of fresh air is flowing throughout the building and in tenant spaces.
- Increased cleaning frequency of all common and high traffic areas including lobby, security desk and building entrance doors.
- Sanitization of commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, restroom fixtures, water fountains, elevator call buttons, handrails, tenant entry doors and hardware.
- Increased concentration of cleaning disinfectant used at the property.
- There are also many actions you can take personally to stay healthy.
To help prevent respiratory infections the CDC recommends:
- Practice good basic respiratory hygiene.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze or after wiping your face or nose. Alcohol-based hand cleaners may are also be effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Become knowledgeable of early warning signs and seek immediate medical attention if you exhibit or develop flu-like symptoms.
If you get sick with Swine Flu, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Return to work only after you have been cleared to do so by your physician. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
Johns Hopkins University
World Health Organization (WHO)