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Beating The Bugs

by Paula Broome, Feb 2018

Many cold and flu viruses can live on a surface for up to 48 hours. Taking precautions to kill viruses and bacteria will greatly reduce the number of people in the house that become ill.

1. Use hand sanitizing wipes at the supermarket to wipe down the shopping trolley. The store is notorious for harbouring sicknesses. Mums go with sick kids, people go to get cold and flu medicine and a wide array of other reasons, such as food and drinks to aid better health.

2. Get kids in the habit of washing their hands so that when they’re not at home, such as at school, they will continue the practice and not bring viruses home with them.

3. Avoid contact with surfaces that many people touch, such as stairway banisters, door knobs and walls in key places. These surfaces are hardly ever cleaned and the public touches these the most.

4. Clean surfaces in the home with anti-bacterial solutions to kill germs. This includes kitchen worktops,rubbish bins, sinks, taps, keyboards, remote controls and any other hard, nonporous surface that could harbour germs.

5. Clean bedding in hot water every week. This not only cuts down on viruses, but harmful dust mites that cause severe allergies.

6.Spray disinfectant on door knobs, light switches and other prime areas that family members frequently touch, especially the home’s entry point that harbor outside viruses and bacteria.

7. Allow the house to air out during the day so that the air is not stagnant.

9. Allow sufficient sunlight in the home. The sun’s rays naturally kill viruses and bacteria.

9. Allow the home to stay cool and wear extra clothing. Viruses cannot thrive in cooler weather. The reason viruses are spread easily during the winter months is that the body temperature is just right and everyone tends to stay indoors where viruses are passed to one another.