OK, so you are social distancing (I hope), and self isolating as much as possible (I also hope). So the question remains is there anything else you can do to help stop the spread of CoVid-19 and to stop yourself from becoming infected with CoVid-19. Here are some easy to implement tips from Dr Speiser & BreezeCare Oral Health.
Should You Wear A Mask
Even the best masks will only filter the virus for 2hrs (and masks are not reusable). The main benefit of a mask is to remind yourself not to touch your face, and also so that you do not put droplets from speaking or sneezing onto surfaces or other people. As everyone knows there is a mask shortage at the moment. But BreezeCare is trying to source masks so that we can include one complimentary in every order. Watch this space!
Benefits of Mouthwash
Research has shown that CoVid-19 is vulnerable to oxidation. So a mouthwash containing 1% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% povidone is recommended for daily use to decrease your personal exposure to the virus. KForce Every Day Fresh Rinse has 1.5% hydrogen peroxide in it, so we recommend this rinse for daily use.
Improve Oral Hygiene
Brushing, tongue cleaning, flossing and rinsing are recommended not only to optimise your oral hygiene. They are essential in your defence against CoVid-19. The mouth is one of the largest portals the virus can enter into your body. So it makes sense to keep it as clean as possible. The use of non foaming toothpaste will allow you to clean better and longer.
Stop Touching Your Face
The eyes, nose and mouth, all are entry portals for the new coronavirus and many other germs. Wash your hands and face well with soap and warm water, including — on a finger — a quarter-inch into each nostril. Then gently blow your nose. DON’T use those irrigating devices, like neti pots, that might force viruses further inside! Soap helps lift germs from the surface of the skin, but it’s the scrubbing that gets germs off hands. Hand sanitiser is a good alternative, but it must have at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser
Everyone knows hand sanitiser is essential. Unfortunately the supermarket shelves are empty. So here is a quick recipe to make your own. In a bowl add 2/3rds of a cup rubbing alcohol (99.9% isopropyl alcohol). Add to this 1/3rd cup of aloe vera gel. Stir this all together and then decant into a soap or pump bottle. Give it a good shake and Voila!! you have your own hand sanitiser.
Some Interesting Facts About CoVid-19
CoVid-19 can be spread in tiny droplets released from the nose and mouth of an infected person as they cough. A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. These particles can land on other people, clothing and surfaces around them, but some of the smaller particles can remain in the air. There is also some evidence that the virus is also shed for longer in faecal matter, so anyone not washing their hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet could contaminate anything they touch.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching one's own face is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Even so, the CDC, the World Health Organization and others health authorities, have emphasised that both washing one's hands and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily are key in preventing CoVid-19 spread.