Virus- Spreading and Prevention
To stop the spreading of the virus, extreme measures have been put into place all over the world.
Although large gatherings have been stopped, people still have to venture out to shops and work if needed. Therefore you can get infected from touching furniture, handrails, packages and other surfaces.
Since people gather information from different sources, we have also put together some information for the health of our clients and partners, so we all are protected during this difficult time.
Do you know how long the virus lives on different surfaces and how it spreads?
In collaboration with scientists, one of our brands has put together information that you should know about the spread of the virus and what actions to take in this situation. Also information on topics that the media does not give that accurately.
A virus that has never before been diagnosed in humans. It creates a flu-like illness with symptoms such as dry cough, temperature, headache and loss of breath. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in the Hubei province in December 2019.
WHO (World Health Organisation) declared the virus an international emergency on January 30, 2020, and on March 11, declared it a pandemic.
How does the virus spread?
- The virus spreads from person to person through little droplets from breathing, which can get into the eyes, nose or mouth and cause infection;
- the virus stays in the air for some time;
- through saliva- if the saliva of an infected person gets onto surfaces and you touch them, then later touch your face or another person’s face without washing your hands, you both can get infected.
Surfaces include for example doorknobs, writing instruments, computer mouse, elevator buttons, tissues, the outer surface of a facemask, etc.
The virus lives on different surfaces:
- On plastic and stainless steel for 72 hours;
- on paper/ cardboard for 24 hours.
Easily removed with bleach and solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
- Most people (80%) experience mild symptoms and do not need hospital care;
- 14% of people experience severe disease;
- 6% of people show critical signs.
It is possible that the COVID-19 virus will be difficult to identify from other respiratory diseases.
Symptoms in the infected in China:
- Temperature (87.9%)
- Dry cough (67.7%)
- Fatigue (38.1%)
- Sputum (33.4%)
- Loss of breath (18.6%)
- Throat ache (13.9%)
- Headache (13.6%)
- Myalgia or Arthralgia (14.8%)
- Chills (11.4%)
- Nasal congestion (5%)
- Diarrhea (4.8%)
- Hemoptysis (0.9%)
- Congestion (0.8%)
The biggest risk group is the 50+ years of age people who already suffer from some kind of disease. For example cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension.
People who are ill but do not experience any symptoms could still be infectious. People can be even more infections before showing any symptoms, therefore, stay away from large gatherings.
Wash hands often- with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Always wash hands after you’ve been in a large group of people, coughed, sneezed or blown your nose. The next best thing is to use an antiseptic that is at least 60% alcohol. If you can not find an antiseptic, you can make it yourself by mixing together:
- 160 ml 99% rubbing alcohol (min 70%)
- 80 ml pure 100% Aloe Vera gel
Do not touch your or anyone else’s face (if needed, wash hands beforehand and use gloves if possible). Do not share food, cutlery, mugs or towels. Try using your shoulders or elbows when opening and closing doors, and pushing elevator buttons.
Clean and disinfect surfaces often: doorknobs, furniture, keyboard, phone, taps, toilet, etc. Use specific solutions meant for the surfaces.
Protecting staff and customers
If you are a skin therapist, hairstylist or your job is to serve customers face to face, then use protective gear such as gloves, uniforms, goggles, facemasks in order to avoid direct contact. Therefore you can prevent the virus from spreading.
- This is a pandemic that is spreading all over the world;
- the biggest risk group are the 50+ of age;
- the virus easily spreads through the air and from people to people, therefore wash your hands, disinfect your hands and surfaces, wear protective gear in direct contact;
- avoid contact with people.
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