According to the CDC, at least 19 million people in the U.S. have experienced flu illnesses this season. Americans’ concerns over the new coronavirus have spawned a public-health emergency declaration, controversial travel bans and quarantined areas. According to China’s National Health Commission released last Sunday, there are more than 40,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and about 1,000 people have died. There are 20 confirmed cases in the U.S. and numerous Americans were confirmed to have contracted the virus, according to NBC News.
In contrast, there have been 180,000 people hospitalizes so far and assume that 10,000 will die from this influenza this season. 68% of those who have died this season are children. Influenza is predictable, but coronavirus went from having 0 known cases to a large amount of cases in China in a short period of time.
Many feel that as Americans that we should be more concerned with influenza. The CDC highly recommends getting the flu vaccine, to help prevent getting influenza by 40 to 60%. Even though highly encouraged, a staggering 45% of U.S. adults last flu season received a flu vaccine. Additionally, routine hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting procedures should be used. Majority of the steps that are taken are reactionary and temporary. However, there is the ability to be both reactionary and preventative. MicroShield 360 antimicrobial coating system is EPA registered and FDA approved for direct food contact surfaces. It is preventative and will eliminate bacteria, virus and fungi from living on treated surfaces up to an entire year with one applications.