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.
PARAMUS HIGH SCHOOL Steven Campbell Director of Buildings & Grounds Home of the Spartans
145 Spring Valley Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 261-7800 ext. 3017 FAX (201) 265-9483
Three years ago, we deployed the Pyure Odorox equipment throughout our district for mold remediation and for other related indoor air quality issues. The technology successfully resolved the matter and restored the IAQ results to a safe level. We then began using the equipment in the nurseÕs offices to reduce the cross contamination of the germs while students visited with noticeably affirmative results.
The Pyure Odorox equipment has also played a major role in our response to the pandemic; whether in the event of an exposure in a particular area of the buildings or as a non-chemical supplement to our enhanced cleaning and disinfection program.
I strongly recommend using the Pyure Odorox hydroxyl technology, as it has been a great addition to our arsenal as we effort to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 virus in our facilities. I canÕt thank Bio-Shine enough for bringing this technology to our district.
Steven Campbell Ð Director of Buildings & Grounds
To Whom It May Concern:
This past holiday season, I experienced significant smoke damage in my home from an electrical malfunction in my oven, which occurred when running the oven cleaning cycle on a timer in the middle of the night?it appeared that the thermostat had stopped working, and the oven temperature just kept rising and rising. When the smoke detectors went off, I wakened and opened my bedroom door on the second floor and saw nothing but smoke in the hallway?I could not even see downstairs. There were no flames, just heavy smoke.
The smoke had traveled throughout the first and second floor of my home. A strong odor was detected in the air, and it went into all the closets on both floors, affecting most of the clothing in them. I opened the windows in the home to get cross ventilation and waited outside until sufficient smoke at exited so I could go back into my home. At that point, what remained was a foul odor from the smoke, which was from the protein in the oven as well as some of the plastic surrounding the oven.
The next day, when I went to a meeting, several people in the meeting noticed the smoke odor on my clothing and asked if I had been in a fire. This was an uncomfortable situation to say the least, as I was expecting to host family during the holiday season, not to mention the embarrassment experienced in client meetings. Anxious to remedy the odor problem I contacted Odorox Air Technologies (OAT) in Basking Ridge NJ to see if their Odorox equipment might be able to help my situation.
The guys contacted a local Paul Davis restoration firm, who agreed to operate the Odorox hydroxyl generators at my home to assist in the clean up. Felipe Rodriguez ("Phil") from Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling followed the instructions given to him by Odorox personnel, and in a matter of just a few days successfully removed the smoke odor from my house (most of it had dissipated after just one day). Paul Davis had installed three of the Odorox machines on the two floors as well as a number of fans to move the air through the house.
Besides the obvious benefit of eliminating the smoke smell, I appreciated not having to leave my home during the clean up process?that is because the clean-up process does not use any ozone, which would not have been safe to be around..
It also was interesting to note that the local Maryland Paul Davis folks, having not heard of this hydroxyl technology, were very skeptical of its ability to work. When they came and installed the equipment (shipped to them by Emerald), they said that they could come back the next day with their own equipment to take out the smoke that the Odorox equipment didn't do. When they came back the next day, they were truly amazed at how quickly most of the odors had already been removed much faster than through their more traditional methods they became believers literally overnight. And given that this technology did not require that I vacate my home and dry clean my clothing, treat carpet, etc., they were more than impressed.
Unrelated to the smoke damage, Phil found some mold in my basement (it was from a water leak a few months earlier). I had mentioned that the Odorox equipment could kill the mold spores as well. So once the smoke cleanup was done, and following consultation with the Odorox personnel, I moved one of the Odorox units on the job to my basement to deal with the mold. I am pleased to report the mold is gone with the help of the Odorox and additional clean-up from the restoration crew.
As a business owner and building professional who works with commercial and institutional facilities managers facing odor, mold and other indoor air quality issues threatening their companies, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the Odorox hydroxyl technology will eliminate these types of problems faster and with less disruption and at a lower cost than other previously available means. A big thanks to Odorox!
Peter S. Kimmel, AIA, IFMA Fellow
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