As Singapore confirmed 3 Wuhan virus cases and 44 suspected patients as of 24 January 2020, Initial shares more about the Wuhan Coronavirus, what are the means of transmission and how to protect yourself from these viruses and diseases through a stepped up personal hygiene regime.
- What is the Wuhan Coronavirus about
- How is the virus transmitted
- What are some Wuhan Virus Symptoms to look out for
- Understanding more about cross contamination
- Wuhan Virus precaution steps you can take
- Types of personal hygiene
- 10 personal hygiene practices
- Why hand hygiene is important
- Why toilet hygiene is beneficial
- Enhanced Hygiene Protection Solutions
What is Wuhan Coronavirus?
Also known as Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is a respiratory virus that largely infects pigs and mammals. These viruses can infect human to human or from animals to human. With an accumulated suspected cases of 830 and 26 deaths thus far in China, and presence in other Asia countries including Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
Other similar viruses under the Coronavirus family, includes the Severe Acute Respiratory Symptoms (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that also comes from animals for instance. Currently, researches and suspicions are around the possible mutation of these viruses, originating from bats and snakes. In this Wuhan Virus outbreak, infected victims contracted from the virus through the root source of Huanan seafood wholesale market that sells large quantity of live and slaughter animals.
Individuals may also obtain regular updates from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on information relating to suspected and positive confirmed cases, and measures and activities taken to address this virus outbreak in Singapore.
How humans transmit with the virus?
Firstly, this virus first transmit from animals to human by jumping onto its host, and maybe spread to humans through physical and direct contact. This includes shaking infected hands, touching surfaces or saliva that potentially contains the bacteria. In another words, they are transmitted similarly, like how the flu does. For instance, when an infected person cough and sneeze without covering his/her nose and mouth. Therefore, spreading airborne germs and viruses.
Symptoms of Wuhan Virus
It is important to be aware of the Wuhan Virus symptoms and seek early health screening and medical treatment. Symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Lower respiratory symptoms such as Pneumonia or Bronchitis
- Flu or cold-like symptoms
Who are most likely at risks of contracting the virus?
- Infants or young children
- Individuals with lower or weakened immunity system
- People who has travelled to Wuhan and in the 14 days before symptoms appear
- Possible close contact with potential suspected individual
- Poor personal hygiene and cross contamination activities
Understanding more about cross contamination
There are various ways on how we can transmit bacteria and germs, and it is usually because of poor personal hygiene and lifestyle habits.
- Getting into close contact among ill individuals
- Cultivating poor washroom habits and hygiene
- Presence of airborne germs and bacteria or among surfaces
- Not washing and drying of hands after visiting a washroom
- Utlising a toilet with unsanitised toilet seat surfaces
- Coughing and sneezing without covering with a tissue
- Not putting on a mask when you are unwell
- Shaking hands with contaminated hands
Wuhan precautionary steps to undertake
There is no vaccinations or cure for contracting the Coronavirus. However, you can help protect yourself by taking additional precautionary measures, and more importantly to have more self awareness on protective steps.
- Avoid visiting countries with rising outbreak, i.e. Hubei Province
- Try to stay away from direct contact with live animals (this includes birds and poultry)
- Consider reducing consumption of raw and undercooked meat and poultry)
- Minimise activities in crowded places or high traffic environment
- Put on a mask if you have respiratory symptoms (Cough or runny nose)
- Always remember to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze with a tissue
- Dispose used tissue immediately to avoid cross contamination
- Observe good personal hygiene
- Practice regular and diligent hand washing
What are the various types of personal hygiene?
Because of a busy work schedule or simply taking health and importance of hygiene for granted, we often neglect or compromise our personal hygiene. Most importantly, do you know, there are more than 6 types of personal hygiene we should take care of ourselves? They are namely, toilet hygiene, shower hygiene, nail hygiene, teeth hygiene, sickness hygiene and hand hygiene.
What is maintaining healthy toilet hygiene involves?
- Always remember to wash your hands with water and soap after using a toilet
- Thoroughly wash your hands for 20 seconds: Download your hand washing steps here.
- Close the lid before flushing because of the “sneeze effect”
- Disinfect the toilet seat with toilet seat cleaner before sitting
Did you know, there are countless bacteria and germs found on your hand if you do not wash and dry them? These germs can easily transmit and cause illnesses via your mouth, nose, eyes or ears. Here is a guide on when should you wash your hands
- Before and after eating a meal
- During food preparation and handling
- After visiting a washroom
- When you sneeze or cough into your hands or tissue
- Handling rubbish or disposing of sanitary napkins or baby diapers
Here are 10 personal hygiene practices you can adopt
- Practice good toilet hygiene by closing lid after flushing
- Washing your hands after using the toilet
- Shower regularly with soap and shampoo your hair regularly to clear germs, bacteria and debris
- Trim your nails (avoid biting and chipping nails) and adopt manicure regime
- Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes and floss when require. In addition to gurgle with a mouthwash
- Be socially responsible. Most importantly, to stay indoors when you are sick or unwell
- Use a mask to cover your nose and mouth to avoid spreading to people
- Adopt diligent hand washing culture
- Use a hand sanitiser for the added hygiene standards
- Do not recycle used hand towel to dry your hands
Why hand hygiene is important?
Firstly, hand hygiene is about maintaining optimal hygiene standards by ensuring the elimination of germs and bacteria found on your hands. Secondly hand care involves washing hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds. In addition, keeping them dry with paper towel or a hand dryer. In conclusion, it is best suggest protecting yourself further with alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Hand hygiene is important because this good habit can help prevent yourself from fall ill by transmitting harmful germs and bacteria that causes diseases and infections such as cold and flu.
Why toilet hygiene is beneficial?
There are multiple germs, bacteria and pathogen found in the washroom. Surfaces such as the main doorknob, cubicle doorknob, flush button, water tap and seats contains tonnes of harmful bacteria. Above all, coupled with poor washroom habits, you may increase the risks of picking up bacteria that causes you to fall sick. Did you know, over 1 million of bacteria actually stays alive after a toilet flushing? In summary, toilet seats itself are home to various germs and bacteria.
Here are the 4 groups of bacteria you should be aware of
- E.Coli that causes food poisoning symptoms and urinary tract infectio
- Staphylococcus Aureus that is responsible for skin infection, respiratory disease and food poisoning
- higellosis that results in inflammation of the intestines
- Salmonella that similarly causes food poisoning diseases, fever, vomiting and diahhrea
What can you do to minimise risks?
- Always remember to put the lid down before flushing after use
- Dispose used waste outside of the cubicle with the bins provided
- Use a toilet seat cleaner to sanitise the surface before sitting
- Utilise the feminine hygiene unit for sanitary napkin disposal
- Facility is recommended to install a toilet urinal for the added hygiene protection
Enhanced Hygiene Solution
Hand Hygiene Solution
- Hand soap dispenser can help enhances hygiene standards while providing quality hand care to users.
Hand Sanitiser Protection
- It is highly recommended to maintain thorough personal hygiene by using a hand sanitiser. This can add an extra level of sanitation defense for optimal hygiene.
Toilet Seat Cleaner Sanitation
- Users’ and employees’ safety should not be compromised. In fact, toilet seat surfaces can sanitised to prevent inhibiting bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella.
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