How to act: in transport, shops and offices
The main route of entry of viruses into the body is through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and mouth. And, alas, it is almost impossible to completely “hide” them from the influence of the external environment.
You can use disposable face masks on public transport and other crowded places. Remove the mask immediately after exiting the transport to fresh air. On the street, they are completely useless. Remember that used masks need to be thrown away, even if it has been used for no more than an hour.
2.We wash our hands after handrails and carts
Another way of transmitting viruses is contact. In the conditions of large cities, this method takes a stable second place and tends to break into the first place. After all, everything that we touch is in contact with viruses: door handles at work, handrails in public transport, money, baskets and carts in supermarkets – this is where viruses “settle” during the epidemic. Be vigilant: after touching the source of infection, it is enough to scratch your nose, rub your eyes, eat something with unwashed hands, so that it gets on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and begins to develop. That is why it is so important to wash your hands after coming from the street. And if it is not possible to wash it, be sure to wipe it with disinfectant wipes or lotions.
3.Wipe down the keyboard and mouse
Most often at work, we breathe and sneeze on the screen of a computer or laptop. Do not forget to then carefully wipe what you sneeze on. Including everything you touch (mouse and keyboard).
The duration of the life of the influenza virus on the hands of a person is no more than fifteen minutes. in indoor air, it is active from two to nine hours; on fabrics and paper, the influenza virus – for a maximum of twelve hours; on glass surfaces – up to eight days; оn metal and plastic objects – up to two days.
4.We breathe essential oils.
Even a few drops of natural eucalyptus oil, when evaporated, have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and immunostimulanting properties. Other essential oils with an antiviral effect include oils of mint, juniper, sage, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
You can use drops or sprays with essential oils (for example, sprinkle or drip on a scarf or handkerchief before going out and inhale from time to time). Inhaler pencils also work well with the preventive function. Getting the flu shot will help reduce your chances of catching the flu.
How to be at home
5.We wash the nose.
If you had to be in public places for a long time, then rinse your nose with saline at home – this will ensure disinfection of the nasopharyngeal mucosa and reduce the risk of developing an inflammatory process. You can buy ready-made washing kits, or you can use a douche and home solution. It is easy to prepare: for prevention, a solution of low concentration is used – 1 tsp is added to 200 ml of hot water. baking soda and table salt. The solution can be used when it cools to room temperature.
6.Do not forget about remotes, tablets and mobile phones.
Everything that we touch with our hands on the street (bag handles, mobile phones, tablets) should be treated as often as possible during the virus season. It is better if these are wipes or antiseptic lotions (with an alcohol content of at least 60%). Don’t forget to wipe down light switches, doorknobs, TV remotes, home computer keyboards and mice, and other frequently used items around the house.
7.Buy a humidifier.
Do not forget about humidifying the air in the room – this will help keep the mucous membranes (our barrier against viruses) in good shape. Special photocatalytic cleaners will help protect the room from germs and viruses. Specially designed devices destroy microscopic organisms and effectively fight viruses and bacteria.
Simple but important: sleep well, drink a lot and eat green and orange vegetables and fruits
In the season of the spread of viruses, our body undergoes a serious test of resistance. Improper diet, sedentary lifestyle, unstable sleep – all this increases the risk of the disease.
Therefore, sleep as long as possible and correctly (at least 8 hours and go to bed at the same time).
Walk more outdoors.
Add more vegetables and fruits to your diet: dark green, red and yellow vegetables and fruits containing antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene.
Do not forget about an individually selected drinking regimen that will make up for the lack of fluid in the body and moisturize the mucous membranes. As you know, viruses penetrate the epithelial cells of the upper respiratory tract more easily when they are not sufficiently moistened and microcracks appear on them.