About Donna Duberg

Donna Duberg, an expert in hygiene and an authority on disease prevention, is an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University. She has been lauded as a credible media source both nationally and in St. Louis, where she makes recurring appearances as the “St. Louis Germ Expert” on local FOX newscasts. Duberg believes that proper hand sanitation techniques combined with a consistent cleaning regimen can go a long way to halt the spread of germs and viruses, whether in the privacy of one’s home or in a public area.

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Hygiene in Assisted Living Facilities

Our country’s aging population is putting more and more pressure on assisted living and long-term care centers to provide consistent, high-quality care for residents. It has been reported that there are an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million facility-acquired infections yearly in nursing homes with pneumonia and wound infections being the most common infections. For seniors […]

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Four Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travels

Travel for the 2012-2013 holiday season is expected to increase to 93.3 million travelers, according to the AAA 2012/2013 Year-End Holidays Travel Forecast.  Most travelers are expected to venture at least 50 miles from home this year, an increase of 1.6 percent from one year ago. So how do you travel for the holidays and […]

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How to Avoid Gym Germs

Gyms are breeding grounds for bacteria. From the common cold to the infectious superbug MRSA, extra precaution should be taken at the gym to keep germs at bay. First and foremost, inquire about the gym’s cleaning processes before joining. Don’t be afraid to ask how often the facility is cleaned and how managers monitor staff […]

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Travel Tips: What to pack in your carry-on bag

Donna Duberg examines hygiene and infection prevention while traveling in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center.   Be sure to remember the importance of hygiene while traveling and make some room in your carry-on bag or health kit to include hygiene solutions. While books and electronics can help pass the time, they don’t […]

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Travel Tips: How to Avoid Food Poisoning while Traveling Abroad

Donna Duberg examines hygiene and infection prevention while traveling in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center.    The opportunity to try new and unique foods is one of the best reasons why traveling abroad is so much fun.  Unfortunately, 20 to 50 percent of international travelers – an estimated 10 million people – […]

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Travel Tips: Hygiene Tips for Traveling with Family

Donna Duberg examines hygiene and infection prevention while traveling in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center.   From maneuvering through airports and changing diapers, traveling with family gets awfully hectic. According to the U.S. Travel Association, family travelers — those traveling with either children or grandchildren — take an average of 4.5 trips […]

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Travel Tips: How to Stay Germ-Free in Your Hotel Room

Donna Duberg examines hygiene and infection prevention while traveling in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center. Vacations are meant to be filled with fun and relaxation, and business trips should be all about business. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case if you catch a bug along the way. As a result, it’s […]

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Travel Tips: How to Stay Healthy At the Airport

Whether your next trip is for business or pleasure, one thing is for sure: airport traffic will escalate over the next couple of months with travelers taking off for the holidays. That means our exposure to germs and infectious diseases will increase significantly as we navigate those busy airports.

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Five Tips for a Healthy Office During Flu Season

“Among unvaccinated participants, ILIs [influenza-like illnesses] accounted for 45 percent of all days of illness during the influenza season, 39 percent of all illness-related work days lost and 49 percent of all days with illness-related reduced on-the-job productivity,” according to  the National Business Group for Health. Costs for flu-related productivity losses impact employers to the tune of approximately $76.7 million a year. 

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