Set of vector illustrations of people suffering from various symptoms of the common cold and flu. Characters with headache and ear pain, runny nose and cough are isolated on a light background

As it became evident towards the end of summer that COVID-19 wasn't going anywhere soon, some were looking ahead with fears that the pandemic could still be thriving by the time flu season peaks in early 2021. This nightmarish situation eventually got the name "twindemic" and it's possible that it will occur. To prevent a scary situation, a cleaning specialist from Kansas is providing some advice.

SERVPRO of West Topeka tells WIBW 13 that the public must focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily in order to prevent the spread of both the flu and COVID-19. Surfaces of note include tables, doorknobs, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, sinks and toilets.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) has also stressed that people get a flu shot and that they consistently wash their hands with soap and water, but more can be done. Daniel Thorman of SERVPRO suggests a daily home and office cleaning routine that starts by removing dirt and grime from surface with soap and water. Only after this important step is carried out is the individual performing the work ready to apply a disinfectant.

Flu activity remains low throughout the United States, according to the most recent report from the CDC. However, flu activity in Puerto Rico is already moderate. To view the report, visit the CDC's website here