Americans are Spoiled

We live our lives doing exactly what we want whenever we want.  And then comes the pandemic. All of a sudden, we can’t leave home.  We have to wear a mask.  We can’t go to movies or concerts.  Even the beach is off limits. BUT… not everyone listens.  Do we not know the concequenses?  What…

Value in Reducing HAIs

Infection prevention is on the mind of just about everyone in healthcare but that doesn’t mean Infection Preventionist (IP) don’t have to show their programs have value. Promoting the value of infection prevention programs and securing the resources necessary to ensure the continued viability of such programs has become imperative for the IP.   In the…

Even the NBA Champs Can Get MRSA

A study was conducted by researchers to determine MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) colonization in asymptomatic athletes to estimate the risk for subsequent MRSA infection. About 1% of the population carries MRSA on their skin. They can also have the bacteria in their nasal cavity, on the groin or under arm area. The bacteria can be…

A Weekend Talking About Bugs

I am attending the annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology conference in Charlotte this weekend. Having gone several years in a row, I will see a lot of friends. This is the 2nd year I am working with Pam Falk, APIC Consultant, at APIC LIVE an interactive donning & doffing presentation on…

Does exercise make you sick?

According to an article in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” research data suggest that endurance athletes are at an increased risk for upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) during periods of heavy training and the 1- to 2-wk period after race events. The risk appears to be especially high during the time following marathon-type…