Fighting the Cold and Flu Season

Cleaning is not EnoughAs strange as it may sound, it is true that during periods of cooler temperature, influenza cases increase roughly tenfold or more.  In the United States, the flu season start sometime in October and lasts through May. It usually peaks in February, but fle can be caught anytime during the year.  Cold follow a similar pattern.  There are those who argue that catching a cold and fighting it off is part of normal life, but even that best protective methods will not prevent all colds.  The best strategy is an infection reduction strategy that prevent colds and flu from bringing down the whole family, office, school, or gym.

Cleaning is a good start, but the best cleaning programs are far short of a sanitizing program.  This is because of something called a biofilm.  Biofilms are invisible to the human eye at 10 nm in most cases, but provide plenty of living space for bacteria, virus,a nd fungi to hide while the cleaning process clears the surface area only.  Clinical studies show that bacteria rebound can occur 1-8 hours after a cleaning/sanitizing effort.  Where do those germs come from?  Well, they are sheltered in the biofilm and begin repopulation as soon as the threat is over.  

Bleach is an ionic solution that does not penetrate surfaces.  That is why bleach does not actually kill mold. It cannot reach the roots of the mold.  Biofilms are everywhere.  They even form on water.  We've all seen scum on water.  This is a very different level of biolical life that happens without our notice.  Germs do not live on surfaces like rocks on cement.  Bacteria are very active in colonizing.  Once they adhere to a surface, the next phase is to send out tendrils that form a network of connection with other bacteria.  This network contains polysaccharides as a food source, and bacteria actually communicate with other parts of the colony.

Once the biofilm is established, it can house virus and fungi.  So, whether you know it or not biofilms may reside on the even "clean surface."  Cleaning is all about appearance.  If it looks clean and smells good, we assume that the surface sanitary as well.  Cleaning for health is another level of clean.  To get to a sanitized level, cleaning is not enough.

BioZone Protectant is an antimicrobial surface treatment that starts where bacteria first land.  Once a surface is treated with BioZone Protectant, it forms upward pointing pikes that tear the membranes of bacteria, virus, and mold.  This means bacteria cannot attach and start forming colonies.  One of the unique features of BioZone Protectant is that enduring power of the product.  Once applied, it last 3-6 months working 24/7 to kill all kinds of germs.

Until recently, we have no comparative numbers to say how well this spike worked.  Study of cicadas and some dragonflies found silicon spikes on their wings that prevented bacterial growth.  The report says the these spikes killed 450,000 cell per minute per centimeter.  This is impressive in anyone's estimation.  Do the math of what a full building treatment could mean to the infection control program of any facility.