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Protect Your Home from

Viruses and Bacteria

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Protect Your Home from

Insect borne Diseases

A Safer Home from Viruses & Bacteria

The Safer home concept is a constantly updated collation of advice from top government and medical departments from around the world. This advice is based on data driven science and medical knowledge. It is good advice to keep in mind at any time, including annual flu seasons, but especially during the current pandemic.

COVID-19: Keep in mind that the following advice should be followed even when no-one in your household has shown any symptoms. COVID-19 is highly contagious and can be spread by asymptomatic people, or by physical contact with infected surfaces from one person to another.

 

There is no single piece of advice that can fully protect you or your household, so we suggest following as many of these guidelines as possible. The more you do to protect yourself and maintain your health, the less you need to worry.

Hands

Wash your hands regularly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Also wash your hands before during and after preparing food or drink, after handling anything from outside such as deliveries or groceries. 

Normal hand soap is highly effective at killing and removing viruses and bacteria from your skin. If you cannot conveniently wash your hands, a hand sanitizer with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol content can also work.

Face

Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

We regularly touch hundreds of surfaces everyday with our hands, and viruses and bacteria can stay on them for many hours after. Your eyes, nose and mouth are all moist environments that viruses and bacteria thrive in, and touching them with potentially dirty hands can allow infections into your body.

Surfaces

Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those touched on a regular basis or shared by multiple people such as: doors, handles, counter tops, phones, remote controls, faucets/ taps.

Cross contamination is one of the main ways that microbes spread and infect people, so it is very important to ensure that you stop the spread from the most likely culprits.

 

AFFIX Labs Clean N Coat is a surface cleaner that leaves an invisible layer of active disinfectant that can kill viruses and bacteria that touch cleaned surfaces for up to one week under normal household use.

Ventilation

Ensure adequate ventilation of fresh air whenever possible. Open windows and internal doors to allow air to pass through your home.

 

Sharing air increases the likelihood of spreading viral infections that can survive in tiny water droplets in the air given off then breathing, talking, sneezing and coughing.

Sneezing or Coughing

Always cover your mouth and nose when sneezing. We advise sneezing or coughing into the back of your bent elbow or into a clean tissue – always throw away used tissue into a closed bin and immediately wash your hands.

 

Sneezing or coughing sprays tiny droplets of water into the air that may contain viruses and bacteria and can float in place sometimes for hours. Coughing or sneezing into your elbow means you don’t contaminate your hands, which normally touch the most other surfaces.

Know Symptoms of COVID-19

Get to know the symptoms of COVID-19. The most common are fever, dry cough, and fatigue. Other symptoms may vary from person to person and include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headaches, sore through, blocked nose, red eyes, diarrhoea or skin rash.

If you have any of these symptoms: Stay at home.

Isolating

If you (or someone in your household) has any of the symptoms listed above (even mild), the ill person should isolate as much as possible until recovered. If symptoms continue for more than 2 days, call your local hotline or healthcare provider for advice. If possible, have someone bring you supplies such as food, water, toiletries etc and avoid physical contact with them and wear a mask when nearby. If you have a fever, cough and are having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

 

Call your local health authority by phone first (if you can) and follow directions.

Staying Informed

Occasionally check trustworthy sources of advice for any significant updates. Do not rely on social media posts or information spread by anyone who is not a qualified medical doctor specialising in contagious diseases, or organisation employing such individuals such as the WHO, CDC, or national health authorities.

Misinformation is commonplace, and often a result of a misunderstanding of how medical science works. Following incorrect advice may put you and those around you at unnecessary risk. Advice may be updated from time to time to reflect the most up to date and best supported medical knowledge accepted by the vast majority of doctors and scientists around the world. Unfortunately doctors and scientist cannot predict the future, but they do have the most relevant experience and tools to give the best advice possible to reduce chances of infection.

Staying Active

If you are staying at home for long periods of time it is important to introduce some activity into your routine.

  1. Taking small breaks from inactivity by doing 3 to 4 minutes of movement such as walking or stretching can help ease muscles and improve blood flow.

  2. Ideally, all adults should do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 days per week, or 75 minutes of high-intensity per week. If possible, this can be increased to an average of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 days per week. This can include activities that strengthen major muscle groups to additionally help maintain musculoskeletal health.

Regular physical activity can help prevent more serious symptoms if you do get infected by preventing other conditions. It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce weight, lowering the risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Additionally, regular physical activity can improve the strength of bone and muscle, improving balance, flexibility and fitness, and can have a positive impact on mental health, reducing the risk of depression or cognitive decline, and improve overall feelings and emotional stability.

Eating Well

A healthy, balanced diet can have a big impact on your bodies ability to fight, recover and prevent infections. There are no miracle foods or drinks to protect against infection, but a healthy diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy immune system. Much like exercise, a healthy diet can help avoid other conditions like heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer and obesity.

  1. Eat a variety of food, including fruits and vegetables and wholegrains and avoid processed foods.

  2. Cut salt down to about 1 teaspoon per day and avoid already salty ingredients and sauces.

  3. You don’t have to avoid fats and oils but try switching to healthier ones like olive oil in smaller amounts and skip the butter and animal fats. For meat eaters, try go for white meant more than red meat, and pass on the sausages and lunch meats. Switch to low fat dairy and skip baked and fried foods (try mix it up in the kitchen with different cooking methods).

  4. Stay hydrated! Aim to drink 2 liters of water per day. Avoid falling into trap of sugary drinks such as sodas, artificially flavoured drinks, complicated coffees and teas, concentrates, sprots drinks and energy drinks, and juices with added sugar and fibre removed.  

  5. Snack! But sensibly. Replace candy and empty carbs such as bread or baked goods with raw vegetables, fresh fruit, unsalted nuts and seeds.

  6. Cut out alcohol (as much as possible). Alcohol does not have any health benefits and over-indulging can be dangerous. The long term effects of frequent or excessive alcohol consumption also increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, liver damage and more. Technically there is no “safe” amount of alcohol to drink, so if you cannot completely cut it out, try to reduce both the frequency quantity.

  7. Control your portion sizes. One of the easiest ways to avoid over-eating and gaining weight, is to eat smaller portions, and allow your body to begin digesting, which gives you the feeling of being full. Use smaller bowls or plates, and drink plenty of water together with meals.

Receiving Deliveries

If you are receiving deliveries, try to avoid coming into contact with delivery people. Consider using contactless payment or paying online if you can, and spray packages with disinfectant or wipe down with soapy water if possible. Most importantly, wash your hands after handing anything that has been brought into your home from outside, including deliveries. Ask your delivery person to leave deliveries in front of your house or maintain at least 2 meters/ 6 feet between you and them during the process.

Stay Safe from Microbes Outside your home

When leaving your home prepare yourself before heading out. It might not always seem like it but keep in mind that microbes are not visible on surfaces even if they look clean, and people can be infectious even if they do not show any symptoms. There is also no way of knowing how well or poorly you will react to different contagious diseases, or what long term effects it may have on you.

 

Keep in mind that there is no single solution to protect yourself, but by following as many of these guidelines as you can, you significantly decrease the chances of getting sick.

Wear a Mask

Masks are proven to reduce the chances of infection as they dramatically reduce the number of airborne droplets (which can contain viruses) that enter the nose and mouth, and indirectly can also stop you from touching your nose and mouth while outside. It also protects other people if you cough or sneeze and are infected (even though you might not realise you are).

 

Which mask:

Scarfs and handkerchiefs generally will not do an adequate job of protecting you or those around you. At a minimum use a cloth mask which you can wash after every use. Medical masks are also effective, though not always easily available and cannot be washed but rather must be disposed of after use. Masks with valves, often designed for pollution and dust - are also not effective against microbes. For better effect, use a mask that has been treated with an anti-viral agent that is deadly to microbes, but safe for you and your family.

 

Si-Quat treated masks are a good solution for this, and they are odourless, breathable, comfortably cover your nose and mouth, and kill viruses and bacteria that come into contact with them.

 

Wearing a mask:

A mask should cover both your nose and mouth securely and be snug against the side of your face. Covering just one reduces dramatically drops the effectiveness of any kind of mask. If you have trouble breathing using a mask it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition and you should seek medical advice. Remember to wash your hands before putting your mask on and after taking it off, and only handle it by the ear loops. Do not touch the inside of your mask when putting it on or taking it off unless you are using a Si-Quat (or similar anti-microbial) treated mask. If using a cloth mask, wash it after every use, and if using disposable masks, throw them away at the end of the day.

 

When to wear it:

Wear a mask whenever you are in a shared space with other people, or public areas where it is likely that you will cross paths with another person.

Distance & Personal contact

Maintaining a safe distance from others when in public is also an effective method to reduce the chance of contracting diseases. Keep at least 2 meters/ 6 feet between you and others whenever possible. Avoid touching other people, especially their hands or faces. Consider greeting people with an elbow bump or just verbally and with body language.

Wash your hands

One of the most effective methods of reducing the transmission of communicable diseases is regularly washing your hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and do not use public towels to dry. If you cannot wash your hands then a 70%+ isopropyl alcohol sanitiser is also effective. You may not realise how often you touch surfaces around you, so it is important to wash or sanitise your hands after consciously touching a public surface, or when entering or leaving a building or public space just to be safe.

 

Some public spaces may have surfaces treated with Si-Quat Active Coating or another proven and long-lasting anti-microbial coating. These surfaces kill microbes within minutes of contact. Spaces with surfaces treated by Si-Quat are often clearly signed, letting you know that you are safer in those spaces.

A Safer Home from Insect borne diseases

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