Clean hands to fight cold and flu
Cold and flu cause the highest absenteeism in schools and offices. In both cases, hygiene plays the most prominent role. Good hygiene practices can keep cold and flu at bay and protect you and your family from sickness.
What causes cold and flu?
Cold and flu are contracted from an infected person or infected surface. When around an infected person, the cough or sneeze by the infected person could cause infection. The respiratory droplets carry the virus which gains access to your body when you come in contact with them.
Another major cause of the spread of infection is by touching the contaminated surfaces like the used tissue of the infected person, touching door handles, handrails and telephones. Touching alone does not cause infection but the moment you touch your nose or eyes with contaminated hands you get infected.
The common cold is a viral infection commonly caused by rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), parainfluenza virus, adenovirus and the like. It generally affects the upper respiratory system. The symptoms appear within 10-12 hours of exposure. The most common symptoms of the common cold are runny nose, sore throat, and coughing, sneezing, low-grade fever in young children.
There are three kinds of flu viruses, Type – A viruses can cause disease in animals while Type – B is not very common and could cause illnesses that do not cause severe illness and Type – C viruses cause mild flu and are very rare. Symptoms of flu are slightly severe and include sudden fever, dry cough, muscle ache, headache, sore throat, extreme tiredness, runny nose, nose block, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Flu virus incubates for 1-3 days after contraction. Sometimes it stays in incubation even up to 5 days before showing symptoms. But it is very much possible for an infected person to be spreading the virus to others during the incubation period. Most people recover fully from the flu. But in some cases, it causes bronchitis, pneumonia and in rare cases meningitis.
How do you prevent common cold and flu?
Hand hygiene is the first and foremost` defence against infections. According to the CDC, about 80% of infections are transferred from unclean hands. Hand sanitizers are a boon as it is easy to carry and best bet for your defence against germs when you are outside or in places where you do have access to water and soap.
Smartsan Hand Sanitizer
Smartsan Hand sanitizers use IPA based formulation. Smartsan manufactures hand sanitizers in various forms including gel form, sprays, wipes, pouch with 50 sachets, single sachets, card sprays and hand rubs. So, it is convenient as it is easy to use and easy to carry around and use.
The 1.5 ml sachets are extremely useful to carry around for one-time usage. It is a great option while on trips. So it can also be while travelling in airlines, railways etc., also the wipes which come in 150×150 mm non-woven fabric is conveniently folded and machine sprayed for even wetness. It effectively wipes out germs from your hands leaving it soft and clean! Thus with the help of effective hand sanitizers, you can keep infections at bay. Be assured of lesser infections leading a healthy, happy life!
Another preventive measure to get a regular dose of flu vaccine that can help in protecting from commonly affecting flu viruses.
Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you feel sick
It is best not to get in close contact with sick people. Also, avoid touching things used by them. In case you feel feverish, make sure you stay home in your room. This helps prevent infection spread to others in the family and people outside.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
Make it a conscious habit to avoid touching your face while you are out. Especially when you are out and you have touched surfaces in the public. Always carry a hand sanitizer and use it frequently to keep your hands clean of germs.
How to effectively use hand sanitizers?
Smartsan hand sanitizers are efficient in eliminating microbes. With effective usage, you ensure your hands are perfectly clean, soft and germ-free,
Use the right quantity: Take a coin-sized quantity of the hand sanitizer. It has to completely cover the hands front and back.
Use it the right way: Ensure the hand sanitizer coats the entire hands including between fingers and fingertips. Rub effectively until the sanitizers are completely absorbed.
Use it at the right time: Make sure you sanitize your hands after touching surfaces in public. This includes public transport, restrooms, office desks, elevator buttons, cafeterias etc.
Frequently Asked questions
Are all hand sanitizers effective?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers need to have at least 60% of alcohol to ensure that they are effective against killing germs and microbes.
Should I use soap after using hand sanitizer?
Hand sanitizers leave your hands both clean and germ-free. But if your hands are very soiled then the best option is to use soap and water.
How to store hand sanitizers?
Hand sanitizers must be stored in cool and dry places. You cannot leave it under the hot sun or inside a parked car where the temperatures are high