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.
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Since then, our trash room has been almost completely odorless. The machine was installed several months ago and since its installation we have had no fmther complaints about the smell. We have also noticed a reduction in complaints about pests like mice, who are typically drawn to smells. The Boss Hydroxyl Generator works wonderfully and we are very happy with our choice.
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Hydroxyl generators kill germs & snuff odors
An Odorox® .Slimline. model portable hydroxyl generator sanitizes this ambulance. Photo Thom Dick
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We've talked about cooties before, Life-Saver. Nothing is scarier than some of the stuff you can't even see.
Fortunately, our bodies came equipped with an incredible array of weapons to protect us from sick people's diseases.
I can't find any studies that say so, but I don't think EMS providers get sick as often as most other people. If that's true, I suspect it's because we're exposed to so much disease on a regular basis that we're somewhat immune to it. I've always been impressed by that (and have always been grateful for it.) But I still think we'd be a lot safer if somebody could devise a surefire way to sanitize an ambulance without taking it apart.
In the March 2005 installment of this column, I discussed numerous ways EMS providers could minimize their exposure to disease. I suggested everything from leaving their boots at work to routinely cleaning door handles, stretchers, ceiling hardware and radio mics with contact cleaner. I've also talked about such practices as hand-washing, ditching exam gloves before driving, removing the floor hardware to address substances that accumulate there and not eating in ambulances.
I do brag some about my agency's crews. I hope you understand I love 'em to death. If you ever come and ride with us, you'll see why in about a second. Not only are they fine caregivers, but they also have hearts the size of toasters. If we were to lose just one of them, all of EMS would be damaged. Their families expect us to keep them safe, and we try hard to do that.
One of our first responders is an EMT named Chris Forbes. Chris is a lieutenant with our fire department here in Brighton, Colo., and he's a part-time distributor of gizmos called hydroxyl generators. Hydroxyl ions are unstable, negatively charged molecules that oxidize single-celled organisms, and thereby, destroy them. Chris showed us a device the size of a briefcase that's designed to produce and circulate hydroxyls throughout a closed environment about the size of a small house (2,000 square feet). We bought it (for about $2,800). When we take an ambulance out of service for maintenance, and before we give it back to a crew, we plug the device into the unit's 110VAC shoreline circuit and run it in the patient compartment for 24 hours with all the doors and windows closed.
We're pretty small-time, and we serve a poor district, so we don't have a lot of money for science. We've found no reference to anybody using hydroxyl generators in ambulances. But the independent lab reports we've read say that in structures, this device destroys more than 99.9% of airborne, surface and contained anthrax, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, influenza A, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, MRSA, Staph aureus, molds and their spores, and tuberculosis bacilli on stainless steel and cotton fabric surfaces during a single 12-hour exposure.(1?3)
We also know from experience that it eliminates biologic and non-biologic odors?including emesis, blood, smoke and ethanol?and produces no odors of its own.
They're commonly installed in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems of public buildings, especially in humid areas, and they're routinely used to purify structures after flooding. Fire departments use them to sanitize turnout gear.
How do these things work? Ours contains a fan that draws .dirty. air through a multiple-wavelength ultraviolet chamber, then exhausts it as clean air?along with hydroxyl ions?back into the environment. Hydroxyls occur naturally in sunlight. Although they're deadly to one-celled organisms, they're harmless to people and animals. Likewise, tests prove they break down airborne aldehydes, ozone, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.(4)
According to Chris, you can actually get these things in much smaller sizes, designed for permanent mounting in an ambulance, for about $500. That would spread the cost of one over the span of a lease, or the life of a vehicle. JEMS - Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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