Stay healthy through the flu season:
Effective protection against infections and colds
Every winter sees a new outbreak of flu. And alongside flu itself, other colds and viral infections also make our lives difficult. Fight back against the sniffles. We explain how good hygiene can help you reduce the risk of infection and stay healthy through the cold season.
Cold germs love hands
Many doctor’s surgeries now display signs showing a crossed-out handshake to indicate that they don’t greet patients this way. And that’s justified, since germs spread particularly quickly from hand to hand. But this doesn’t just apply to doctor’s surgeries or even to shaking hands. Whether at school, in the office, in toilets, out shopping, or in public transport: we are constantly in contact with objects that many people touch. And this is how viruses pass quickly from one hand to the next, especially in flu and cold season. The first rule for avoiding infection is this: take care of your hands!
Wash and disinfect your hands properly
There are five steps to proper handwashing:
1. Hold your hands under running water
2. Lather your hands thoroughly with soap.
3. Do this for at least 20 seconds
4. Then rinse your hands under running water.
Hand on your heart—how regularly do you lather your hands for 20 seconds in your daily routine? And who actually wants to check the clock each time? Yet this is the time needed to properly remove germs when washing our hands. Our timing tip: sing the words to “Happy Birthday” in your head twice. We recommend the same for children—but singing out loud and using their current favourite song! When you’re out and about, it’s best to use paper towels to dry your hands. At home, hand towels should be changed regularly.
Disinfect your hands in three steps
Once your hands are dry, you can then disinfect them in three steps. The HEITMANN disinfectant products range offers various hand sanitiser products to help you.
1. Apply a little hand sanitiser to dry hands/strong>
2. Moisten your hands completely with the product (don’t forget your fingertips and the gaps between your fingers!).
3. Allow the HEITMANN Hand Sanitiser to take effect for 30 seconds.
By using it correctly and for the right length of time, you remove the germs that cause respiratory infections (i.e. those transferred via the airways). These include the following:
- Type A (H1N1, H5N1) and type B flu viruses
- RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
This means that HEITMANN hand sanitiser products are effective against the most common causes of colds such as coughs and sneezes, flu, and flu-like infections.
Hygiene on the go
When you’re out and about, it’s often difficult to find somewhere to wash your hands. Hand sanitiser gels from HEITMANN are a great solution. The little bottles fit in any pocket, bag, or glove compartment, meaning you can be sure of clean and safe hand hygiene on the go—even without water. HEITMANN disinfectant products are also available in a handy travel size for use on surfaces like handles or toilet seats.
Other things to consider during the cold season
If you exercise in the outdoors, drink lots of water, and eat healthily, you’re strengthening your immune system. This means you’re less vulnerable to colds and viral infections.
How often do you touch your face or your mouth without thinking about it? If you pay attention, you’ll find it happens more frequently than you think. This allows germs to spread quickly from surfaces to our mouths, increasing the risk of infection. You can significantly reduce this risk by being more aware of your hands.
Got a cold despite everything? Then recover at home. This way, you’ll reduce the risk of infecting your friends and colleagues. By the way, the old rule “put your hand over your mouth!” achieves the exact opposite effect. Germs are easily passed on this way. The best thing to do is to cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or into your elbow. Also, don’t forget to keep your distance from other people and turn away.
Stay healthy through the flu season
The key thing to remember: clean hands help us to stay healthy! And to make doubly sure, use HEITMANN disinfectant products for the best protection in the cold season.