How to Avoid Getting Sick with Influenza (aka the 'Flu')
OdorOx/Pyure Hydroxyls Can Help Prevent the Spread of Influenza
Influenza, or the flu, is a virus that will affect the bronchi, nose, throat, and possibly the lungs when you are infected. These viruses are constantly changing and evolving from one year to another. While many people who get sick are only ill for a few days, others can end up in the hospital and may even die, which is why it’s so important to learn how to kill the Influenza A virus. The World Health Organization estimates that each year between 250,000 and 500,000 people die of the flu.
During the 2017-2018 flu season, there were around 80,000 deaths in the United States and 900,000 hospitalizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called it the worst flu season in forty years.
History of the Flu
In Italian, “influenza” means “influence” as the Italians believed that the stars had an influence on a person’s health. There have been major pandemics from the flu throughout all of recorded history. The “Great Pandemic” in 1918-1919 infected around 20% to 40% of the world’s population and killed around 50 million people.
More recently, in 2009-2010, the H1N1 strain of the flu appeared. This virus was commonly called “swine flu” due to how similar it is to a virus that is common in pigs. The swine flu made around 43 to 89 million people in the United States very sick and killed between 8300 to 8870 people.
Causes of the Flu
There are three types of this virus that will make people sick. They are called influenza A, B, and C.
The influenza A and B are seasonal problems that cause epidemics in the winter in the United States. Influenza C causes mild symptoms and is not known to cause epidemics. The CDC breaks type A down into two subtypes while A and B are both broken down into different strains to make classification easier.
The H7N9 bird flu from China appeared in 2013 and has caused many infections each year in that country. However, unlike these bird flus/Avian influenza, both influenza A and B are highly contagious and can spread from one person to another quickly and easily through a sneeze or a cough. Researchers also determined recently that the virus can spread if a person breathes in small particles of the flu, which can travel six feet from an infected person.
Symptoms and Treatment of the Flu
Flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms but are much more severe and include nasal congestion, coughing, sore throat, chills and sweats, muscle aches, and fever.
Many people can beat the flu in under two weeks without treatment but people do need to increase fluids and rest for full recovery. Painkillers such as Motrin and Advil can be used to treat fever and aches while cough syrups can also help.
People who are older than 65, under five, pregnant, or suffering from certain health conditions can develop complications from the flu. Signs that you need emergency care right away include confusion, difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, chest pain, or throat or mouth swelling.
Children who experience a blue skin color, difficulty drinking fluids, fast breathing, and not waking up to interact need to be taken to the hospital right away because doctors will know how to avail the flu. Some medications, such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir), Relenza (zanamivier), or Invir (ianinamivir), may be necessary for treatment.
Flu Prevention Using Odorox/Pyure Hydroxyl Technology
Good hygiene practices, hand washing, and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough can help to prevent the spread of the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone over six months get the flu shot. People who are immunocompromised can’t get the shot and will rely on others around them to be vaccinated.
Some people will still get the flu after vaccination as there are multiple strains of the virus each year. People who are vaccinated are less likely to get the flu and, if they do, will not be as sick.
Eradicating the flu virus is hard. Using Odorox/Pyure Hydroxyl Generator air machines to find and eradicate this virus is the best way to clean and sanitize your home, office, or medical center. These machines can eliminate smells, bacteria, and viruses so that you are protected from the flu and other illnesses.
On behalf of the City 24 Condominium Association ('City 24'), I would like to provide the remarkable results of the Odoroxª hydroxyl technology trash room applications implemented at our development.
City 24 is a 126 unit, 15 story condominium development located on Biscayne Boulevard near downtown Miami. The building maintains a retail trash room and trash chute room. The retail trash room contains 4 large trash dumpsters which is used by residents and retailers and is a receptacle for food and other wastes. Previously these trash rooms were air-conditioned at approximately 65 degrees in order to control offensive odors and City 24 was constantly trying to maintain control over the troublesome, offensive odors.
In mid-May, upon the recommendation of the Odoroxª team, the air-conditioning systems were turned off in the trash rooms. The Odoroxª guys installed hydroxyl generators into each trash room. The problematic air quality control problems were reversed and an immediate improvement was noted. Above and beyond the successful resolution of a very problematic air quality control problem, City 24 realized the added benefit of a significantly reduced house electric bill.
The Odoroxª equipment has proven to be quite effective in City 24 with many different applications. For instance, in addition to the trash room units, City 24 maintains mobile units that are used on a localized basis for odor control problems in the building such as paint fumes. Further, the units serve as a dehumidifier thus further positively affecting our air quality and reducing the a/c operating costs.
While today everyone is facing difficult economic circumstances, the Odoroxª technology has provided significant relief to our present situation and paid for itself in a matter of a couple of months.
City 24 Condo Associ
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