As the lockdown road-map gives everyone across the UK hope for a more normal future towards the end of the year, it raises the question: Will we forget to disinfect?
In this blog post, reasons to continue disinfection techniques will be covered to show just how important regular and efficient sanitisation is:
Businesses and employee health
A report by First Care revealed workplace absence is costing the UK economy an enormous £18 billion in lost productivity each year (Astutis, 2017).
Minor illnesses such as colds, coughs and so on, are one of the top 5 causes of absences from work. (Munns, 2021)
Therefore, minimising transmission is key to reducing these absences to improve the economy, especially with the damage caused to businesses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Health & metal health
Linking on from this, poor health can lead to poor mental health. When ill, proteins called cytokines released by the body help to fight infection. But according to Partha Nandi, MD, although cytokines are helping to aid recovery, they can also cause a depressed mood. “When you’re sick, you feel like, ‘Leave me alone; I don’t want to deal with anyone.’ It’s not because you are unique, it’s because of the chemicals being produced.” Nandi says. (Kelly, 2020)
So, increased colds and minor illnesses may contribute to poorer mental wellbeing. It is important, therefore, to hinder transmission of viruses and infections by continuing thorough disinfection and creating easier, efficient methods of doing so.
A more positive evaluation looks at cleaning in of itself as beneficial for mood. Sophie Scott, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, agrees that tidying up, "whether that's colour-coordinating a bookshelf or overhauling a wardrobe, acts as a reward, which increases the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, also known as the brain's 'pleasure chemical' in the brain" (Griffiths, 2019)
Even just the act of cleaning, therefore, can potentially help to boost mood! And the results at the end are rewarding too, as a tidy, clean space is perhaps more pleasant for work or rest.
Pupils who miss between 10 and 20% of school (that’s 19 to 38 days per year) stand only a 35% chance of achieving five or more good GCSEs, compared to 73% of those who miss fewer than 5% of school days.
(The school run, 2021)
Frequent missed days can be caused by a number of factors. Minor illnesses such as colds and coughs are included. According to Jama paediatrics. ‘Among children with influenza, 65.4% of children missed school/day care, and 53.4% of parents missed work.’ Not only can this impact education, it can also impact work, linking to point (1).
It is important therefore to minimise the spread of minor illnesses to increase attendance and thus allow for improved education.
Overall, disinfection seems to be key in preventing missed days at school and work, decreasing poor mood and improving general wellbeing.
But how can we continue disinfection effectively?
When soap and water are not readily available, 99.99% effective and accredited sanitisers like MYDIS (Tested by UKAS accredited labs, EN 14476 (60 secs -/+ 5 secs) & EN 1500) can aid in the quick and efficient disinfection of surfaces and hands. This can help prevent transmission of viruses between people especially in enclosed spaces such as school environments or in businesses, potentially improving attendance rates.
As well as this, fogging disinfection and disinfection portals can help to sanitise hard-to-reach areas and maximise efficiency –perfect for facilities where there are many contact points. With this in mind, continuing disinfection well into the future may not be as tricky as it seems.
Astutis. (2017, March). Workplace Absence Costs UK Economy £18bn. Retrieved from Astutis: Workplace Absence Costs UK Economy £18bn
Gov.UK. (2016, March 24). Press release. Retrieved from Gov.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/just-one-day-off-can-hamper-childrens-life-chances
Griffiths, S. (2019, May 15). Can decluttering your house really make you happier? Retrieved from BBC Future: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190515-can-decluttering-your-house-really-spark-joy
Kelly, D. (2020, September 30). 7 Surprising Ways Your Body Responds to the Common Cold. Retrieved from The Healthy: https://www.thehealthy.com/cold-flu/common-cold-and-the-brain/
Munns, S. (2021). Absenteeism in the Workplace: Top Five Causes and How to Reduce it. Retrieved from e-days: https://www.e-days.com/news/causes-for-increased-employee-absenteeism#:~:text=According%20to%20recent%20figures%20from,%C2%A315%20billion%20in%20productivity.
The school run. (2021). The parent's guide to school attendance. Retrieved from Theschoolrun.com: https://www.theschoolrun.com/school-attendance-explained