Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis outbreaks in the US, and it’s most prevalent during the winter months. Each year, the virus causes nearly 2 million hospital visits, but you can prevent norovirus from spreading in your facility by focusing on cleaning these areas:
1. Light switches.
Like the other items on this list, light switches are frequently touched but often overlooked by janitorial staff. Instruct yours to frequently clean and disinfect those in all areas of your facility, including meeting rooms, restrooms and offices.
2. Chairs and benches.
Often overlooked, community chairs and benches can harbor harmful germs. Prevent the spread of norovirus and other bacteria by cleaning seats entirely, including the arm rests and bottoms.
Elevator buttons are touched each day and should be wiped down at least once daily. Sanitize them once weekly to keep your facility clean and free of germs.
The tables in your waiting areas, conference rooms, breakrooms and cafeteria should be cleaned and disinfected at least once daily.
5. Door handles.
Handles are touched multiple times throughout the day and should regularly be disinfected and wiped down. Don’t overlook restroom doors, storage areas, office doors, entrances and even refrigerator doors.