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Coronavirus: Facts and Fiction

Coronavirus: Facts and Fiction

When it comes to coronavirus, there’s been a lot of information on the subject on social media. Unfortunately, with that comes also large amounts of misinformation that is shared. We are here to help you separate what is fact and what is fiction. Here is a quick rundown on some facts and misconception about Covid-19.  

People with face masks

Now, the same masks that you may have used during the bushfires can now be used to help provide protection against the coronavirus. What we advise to people who own the masks we sell - particularly the Dr Hoffmann’s Bacteria and Asthma Protection Mask - be mindful that they are best used to reduce the potential risk of infection from other people who might have the coronavirus. In addition to this, there are also a number of other disinfectants and preventative aids that can be used to help you during this period.


What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus and the world

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is very similar to SARS. The disease is able to be spread from one human-to-human. Symptoms of the coronavirus may include:

  • Traditional flu like symptoms
  • A headache
  • Sore throat
  • A fever
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath

Whilst there is a lot of panic surrounding the rampant spread of the virus, although it is important to realise that people in the streets may exhibit these symptoms, it does not mean that they have contracted coronavirus. It is very easy to be frightened of those around us who may seem like they could be potential sufferers but try to remember that it’s best to reserve judgement. Take a step back before assuming that the person coughing beside you has been infected with Covid-19.



How can you prevent infection from the coronavirus?

Whilst there are currently no vaccines for the coronavirus at the time of writing, there are a number of prevention aids that can protect you from Covid-19 infection. One of the key points of this virus is that - as far as we know - it is a human-to- human contact virus.

As such, maintaining good hand hygiene and taking preventative measures are the best way to protect yourself against the infection. Below are some of the products that we believe can make this much easier.

Face Masks:  

Face masks can reduce the potential risk of infection. The most effective thing about a mask, aside from peace of mind, is the fact that they cover the face from potential oral infection from sneezes or coughs.

Our recommendation is the Dr Hoffmann N95 anti-bacteria face mask. The mask is a certified N95 mask that offers protection against harmful pathogens and helps reduce the risk of infection from viruses. This reusable face mask comes with a pair of copper filters that can be washed with cold water once every 2 weeks and then disposed 2 weeks later. This allows a single mask with 2 filters to be worn for a total of 2 months before needing new filters. The protective piece of equipment provide effective protection against droplet transmission.


Hand Sanitisers:

Hospital grade hand sanitisers are excellent for removing foreign bacteria and viruses from your hands as well as providing germ protection. Given the amount of surface contact that happens throughout a day, it’s wise to  use a hand sanitiser more frequently in order to prevent the possible risk of transmission. To be effective a hand sanitiser needs to contain at least 60% of alcohol.

Our preferred brand is the Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser. This hand sanitiser gel is a hospital grade sanitiser with 70% alcohol that provides a cool, refreshing gel that helps to remove germs and keep hands clean. The lemon myrtle oil in the formulation will keep your hands moisturised.

Alcoholic Wipes: 

HGD wipes

Using alcohol wipes are ideal for sterilising surfaces. Wipes can clean a variety of surfaces in order to remove potential germs. 

We recommend using Hospital Grade Disinfectant Wipes by Everyday Essentials. The formulation in these products are very effective at reducing the risk of infection from a variety of germs and viruses.


How to manage your stress against the coronavirus:

One last suggestion we have is to be mindful of the hysteria surrounding the coronavirus. Yes, there are reports of the vast spread of the virus but remember that maintaining your health, good eating and managing stress during this period is just as important. And in order to manage your stress it is also a good idea to be mindful of the fact from the fiction of the coronavirus.


Conclusion

Knowing the facts is key to being properly prepared and protecting yourself and your loved ones against coronavirus. The best thing we can do, is to remain vigilant, stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 information and be mindful that not everyone with a common cold is a potential coronavirus patient. The products that we have recommended are efficient for improving your protection against the risks of infection.