The COVID-19 pandemic inspired a cleaning frenzy in many American homes, but how many people are cleaning thoroughly to prevent the spread of germs?
Some don’t know what “clean” really means in the context of infection prevention, says Tricia Holderman (www.triciaholderman.com), author of Germinator: The Germ Girl’s Guide To Simple Solutions In A Germ-Filled World.
“The COVID-19 pandemic got a lot of people thinking about germs,” says Holderman, owner and CEO of Elite Facility Systems, a consulting company that handles facility cleanliness and infection prevention for hospitals, NFL and NBA teams, and other businesses.
“Suddenly, every other person you meet is a clean freak. People who never knew infection prevention was a thing were suddenly spraying their groceries with disinfectant and walking around in homemade hazmat suits.”
But everybody has a different idea of clean, she says. Some people, for example, insist on having floors so sparkly and shiny you could eat off of them. Clean tends to be a matter of opinion, but when it comes to infection prevention, Holderman says, cleaning is all about facts.