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WINTERSVILLE, OHIO (WTRF) - Studies show an average of 164 million school days are lost each year due to sickness.

But as the flu epidemic continues to threaten our schools and workplaces, that number is likely to rise.

Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration in Wintersville has a machine to eliminate these missed days: the Clorox 360.

Officials said the machine covers 360 degrees around an infected area.

This allows the disinfectant to kill viruses such as the common cold or flu.

The Clorox 360 can cover 18,000 square feet in an hour, which will give schools an edge on illness.

"What we're offering is a way to be the first line of defense for school systems to help prevent this from furthering and becoming a health hazard to the community," said Len Reynolds, Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration.

"With this, we're able to spray down each classroom, gymnasium and offices and eliminate viruses and bacteria in five minutes or less," added Thad Schrickel, Apollo Pro Cleaning and Restoration.

Officials said the Clorox 360 also has little down time.

That means a school can be sprayed in the morning with students arriving soon after.

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