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COVID-19

COVID-19

Hands properly wash and dry crucial in fight against coronavirus

Since the beginning of January coronavirus emerged, governments worldwide in a battle of preparedness. In our region the number of infections increases. Scientifically based reactions to this are frequently overshadowed by disinformation. What information is correct and above what can we do? The simplest advice is best seen: wash your hands often and correctly. The effective drying hands, such a qualitative hand dryer is taking an often overlooked but should not be underestimated step.

The coronavirus is spread?

Research by theChinese Center for Disease Control and Preventionshows that the coronavirus (covid-19) spreads through "droplet spread '- in other words, only the virus passes from person to person through tiny droplets from coughs and sneezes release. According to recent studies, travels along on uitgehoeste droplets greater than 5 to 10 microns (thousandths of a millimeter), which fall down quickly, and so end up on the surfaces that surround us.

The Dutch National Institute for Health and Environmentannounced that starting from a distance of two meters: beyond that 'flies' the virus. There is also no evidence that the virus can remain a long time in the sky and so can spread. This means that the corona virus can not spread through air blowers or air conditioning systems. Also theworld Health Organization confirms that only those who inhale droplets or ingestion through the hands in the mouth can become infected.

How can we spread of the coronavirus prevented?

At present there is no vaccine available for the coronavirus. Prevention is better than cure in this. Medical professionals and governments rightly stress hygiene is the keyword in fighting covid-19, and it refers specifically to the importance of good hand hygiene. TheWash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and watershows one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others. If this is not in the correct manner, then this operation misses its effect. Even the efficacy of disinfectant hand down if you do not properly wash your hands first,said Professor Marcel Zwietering (Professor of Food Microbiology at Wageningen University and Research).

What, however, insufficient mentioned in the reports is that your hands properly drying is just as important. However, the hand drying involves a lot of risks on reinfection. Wet or damp hands, after all breeding grounds for bacteria and spread up to a thousand times more bacteria on the surfaces they touch.

To be electric jethanddrogers safe in connection with the Coronavirus?

When the toilet is often touched several contaminated surfaces, both before and after washing the hands, opening the toilet door, opening closing the tap and touching the towel, paper towels or button of a hand dryer. These surfaces can be contaminated by contact with bacteria.

In particular, since the corona virus is spread operated entirely hands by touch and most jethanddrogers, you avoid unnecessary - and therefore risky - touches. Using paper towels before you run the risk coronavirus by touch passing by. Also a regular towel or a rotating system are no good alternatives because you like that bacteria can meekrijgen other users.

Some jethanddrogers are equipped with a HEPA filter and ensure that nearly all bacteria are filtered out of the air before they blow dry your hands. To 99.95% of the particles are thus removed from the air before it gets on your hands. For that reason, we use such jethanddrogers inmodern hospitals. So are installed in the decontamination locks of specialty hospitals to be built in China for the treatment of patients corona hand dryers with HEPA filter, such as Shenyang in the Infectious Disease Hospital.

HACCP International, A leading organization in food, has someelectrical hand dryers as hygieniccertified. The HACCP certificate guarantees that the device meets the highest requirements regarding the process of hand hygiene. Because, inter alia, in areas where food is produced contamination is a constant threat, such a hand dryers are highly suitable for that purpose.

It is indisputable: hygiene in the battle against the coronavirus number one. Hand washing and - remember - then wiped dry, for example using the proper hand dryer is the recommendation when it comes to prevent further infection.