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Scientists have debated the role of droplets both large and small in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But findings published this week in the journal Nature Communications suggest that researchers who study airborne viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and influenza need to look more closely at the role of another tiny vector: microscopic dust. “Our data very clearly shows that [microscopic particles in the air] can transmit the flu,” says study author Willi...

Common as they are during winter months, colds and flu aren’t inevitable. That’s especially true once we reach our late 20s or early 30s, when the immune system becomes most effective against these types of bugs. Although resistance starts to drop after age 80, most of our lives should be relatively free of these annoying experiences. “If you’re a 45-year-old and you’re catching colds three times a winter, you’re doing something wrong in terms of caring for yourself,” says Wen...

As concerns about the global climate accelerate, more and more businesses are seeking ways to minimize their negative impact on the environment. Establishing a green commercial cleaning program is one way to work toward this goal. Still, some companies might be skeptical about the efficacy and cost of going green in this way. As it turns out, though, switching to green cleaning products and methods may benefit your bottom line rather than harm it. Let’s go over some of the key benefits of impl...

To say that 2020 hasn’t been kind to brick and mortar retailers would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic not only resulted in mass job loss and temporary shutdowns of in-person workplaces -- it also poked a major hole in consumer confidence. While many retail stores (those that survived, anyway) are open once again, most aren’t able to operate at maximum capacity, and plenty of customers don’t yet feel comfortable shopping like they used to. And now with the year’s biggest shopp...

Carpet Care Carpeting is often used in schools for its durability and acoustics. It can be found in: Entranceways Hallways Classrooms Libraries Music rooms Offices We recommend taking a look at some preventive maintenance regarding your carpeting, along with some deeper carpet cleaning, over the winter break. Check all furniture that has been placed on your carpeting to ensure that rubber casters or felt glides are secured properly. This will prevent any pulling when...

In the beginning months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some prominent voices expressed optimism about the virus’ trajectory, projecting that life might get back to normal in the early to mid-summer. While U.S. case numbers did begin to decline during the summer, recent data has shown a major spike in the spread of this disease. And as temperatures continue to drop, people will begin to gather indoors, increasing the risk and rate of transmission. To make matters worse, this escalation in COVID-19 c...

The southeastern portion of the U.S. experiences variable winters. Some years, certain regions might experience moderate temperatures and minimal storm activity during the winter, while others encounter severe blizzards, lake effect snowfalls, snow squalls, ice storms, and more. These various winter storms can make it unsafe or impossible to commute, work, or patronize a place of business, and in some cases greatly damage facilities. If you’re not ready for such inclement weather, then, your p...

Hurricane season can have devastating outcomes for homeowners and business owners alike. As such, those who live in areas where hurricanes and other natural disasters pose a significant risk should do everything they can to protect their people and their property. No matter how well prepared you are, though, you may have to pick up the pieces after a major storm strikes. Indeed, cleaning your property in a thorough and efficient manner is key to maintaining the integrity and safety of your build...

When something breaks down it can have a major impact on your operations, and in some cases put you, your employees, and your customers in harm's way. The best way to avoid these outcomes is to stay on top of regular maintenance tasks, such as cleaning, inspection, and minor repairs and renovations. Let’s dig deeper into the importance of preventative (or preventive) maintenance. Keeping Everyone Safe If you own or operate a business, safety should be your number one priority. While there's ...

Hand putting fertilizer seeds on a plant

Maintaining a healthy, lush lawn would not be possible without the aid of proper fertilization. Fertilizer contains three essential nutrients that lawns rely on to thrive: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK), which, respectively, promote color and growth, bolster healthy roots, and boost overall lawn health. Different types of fertilizers contain different amounts of these three ingredients and are manufactured in a number of ways. One product might be better suited for your lawn depending...

Budd Group maintenance technician with an extension cord

If your property and assets are not properly maintained, it’s only a matter of time until something goes wrong. Even a minor issue can snowball into a major catastrophe that costs your business significant time, money, and resources to resolve. Hiring a maintenance team is a no-brainer for your bottom line, then. However, you don’t want to hire just any maintenance contractor -- you want to work with hard-working professionals that put the customer first. When you partner with The Budd Group...

Contractor conducting infrared inspection

The human eye can only see so much. Though the electromagnetic spectrum is vast, we only see what we dub “visible light,” radiation (energy) with wavelengths that fall between 390 and 700 nanometers (nm). Above this threshold lies infrared light (between 700 nm and 1 millimeter), which is felt (in the form of heat) but generally unseen by humans without the aid of specific tools, such as filtered goggles and thermography. While most circumstances don’t call for the need to see beyond the v...

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