How to keep your home sanitised to help prevent colds and flu
It is wintertime, there is a chill in the air and frost on the ground. Unfortunately, that means that it is also cold and flu season (in SA our seasonal flu usually has the most impact between May and September) and there is a high chance of us or the people we know getting sick.
Winter is when we become sick the most because more people stay indoors, which makes it easier for viruses to spread from one person to another. The dry, chilly air may also make resistance lower. Days are also shorter during the winter, and lack of sunlight leads to low levels of vitamin D and melatonin, both of which require sunlight for their generation. So, what can we do at home to lessen our risk of getting sick?
Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are ill, keep your distance from other people to prevent spreading your illness to them.
Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. It might shield those close to you from illness. The major way that flu viruses transmit is by droplets produced when sick people cough, sneeze, or talk.
Wash your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser. For a great hand sanitiser try our Byotrol Invirtu Hand Sanitiser. INVIRTU alcohol-free Hand Foam Sanitiser is clinically proven to maintain the skin’s natural pH balance, without the need for additional moisturising products. It is proven to be as effective as alcohol sanitisers but comes without the additional risks associated with misuse of alcohol sanitisers, making it the ideal choice for healthcare settings and it is clinically proven not to dry hands with repeated use.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs can spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Clean and disinfect surfaces.
Environments with central heating and closed windows can support the growth of bugs, pathogens, and dust mites. In addition, poor ventilation can result in mould growth and dampness, especially in rooms like a kitchen and bathroom where moisture is more prevalent. Make the most of your time spent indoors by keeping your house tidy and sanitary. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, and mobile devices, especially when someone is ill.
When cleaning household surfaces, opt for a sanitising cleaner such as our Surface Sanitiser Aerosol. It is a ready-to-use surface sanitising spray and contains 70% alcohol. When using Surface Sanitiser Aerosol spray generously onto the surface to be disinfected and leave the solution to dry or wipe it off with a clean cloth.