A lot of people these days are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are tired of hearing about diseases that are challenging the healthcare system. They are sick of hearing about COVID and its many variants and strains. I know this because I am one of them.
I recently came across another article warning that scientists fear that the new COVID strains are not only more contagious but also deadly like the wave that came through in 2020 which forced many of us into mandatory lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and mask-wearing everywhere.
More interesting than the article itself (which we will get into in just a moment) were some of the comments on the article. Comments that made it clear that people do not want to hear anything more about COVID.
While we may not want to hear it, COVID and other diseases won't go away just because we wish it to be so.
The article from The Daily Beast was written by David Axe and contends that scientists are fearing that the new COVId strains are deadly.
Experts cited in the article fear that not only will these new variants be more contagious but they will also cause more severe disease. These experts are predicting that there is a new global wave of COVID on its way in the coming months.
Predicting it. . . That doesn't mean it's a certainty, but surely these experts know more about the state of health than I do.
If what these experts predict were to become a reality, we could see not only a surge in illnesses, but a surge in serious illness which could lead to hospitalizations and deaths, as well.
In spite of the article stating that vaccines are readily available now and that the vaccines work, many of the comments on the article indicated quite strongly that people who had received the vaccines were still getting COVID.
"A new study from The Ohio State University is the first red flag. A team led by Shan-Lu Liu, co-director of HSU’s Viruses and Emerging Pathogens Program, modeled new SARS-CoV-2 subvariants including BQ.1 and its close cousin, BQ.1.1. "The team confirmed what we already knew: BQ.1 and other new subvariants, most of them the offspring of the BA.4 and BA.5 forms of the Omicron variant, are highly contagious. And the same mutations that make them so transmissible also make them unrecognizable to the antibodies produced by monoclonal therapies, rendering those therapies useless," said the article.
The study which was online on October 20 and is under peer review by the New England Journal of Medicine showed the connection between how the virus cells fuse to our own cells. The greater the "fusogenicity, the more severe the disease. Liu and his colleagues 'observed increased cell-cell fusion in several new Omicron subvariants compared to their respective parental subvariants.'"
The current trend, as cited in the article, shows that although the variants we see are more contagious each has been a "less severe disease."
However, that trend could be disrupted if the BQ.1 or another highly "fusogenic subvariant re-couples infections and deaths. 'More hospitalizations and deaths,' is how Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington Institute for Health who was not involved in the OSU study, summed it up.'"
Recent surges in the disease in Singapore and Germany have raised concerns. BQ.1 is known to be spreading fast in European countries. "And there are signs of recoupling in Germany. In October, the country registered as many as 175,000 new cases a day—matching the peak of the previous wave back in July. But 160 Germans died every day on average in the worst week of the current surge, whereas just 125 died per day in the worst week of the summer surge. 'We could see the same patterns in other European countries… and in the U.S.,' Mokdad said," according to the Daily Beast article.
The article went on to say that people should become vaccinated or boostered to be on the safe side.
I am not going to tell you whether you should be vaccinated or not. I believe that is a person's individual choice. What I will tell you about is LastGerm's products that can help you stay safe and maintain your safe spaces.
Ways to Prevent the Spread of COVID, RSV and most common illnesses
We shared these last week in our post about how to prevent the spread of RSV which is showing an early surge in cases, but these are pretty universal things to do and they can help keep you safer and more protected.
Most of these are common yet simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID, RSV and many other illnesses. While they may be common-sense... common sense is sometimes hard to come by.
Wash your hands often.
The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. Hum the song "Happy Birthday" twice as this is about 20 seconds.
You should wash your hands frequently throughout the day especially when you are in contact with people who might be ill. If you are not sure, wash them anyway!
But sometimes water is not available. In that case, LastGerm.com has a solution for you.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from getting sick is to keep your hands clean!
Use BIOPROTECT™ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer which has these amazing benefits!
BIOPROTECT™ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer is an FDA-registered hand sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria on your hands up to 6 hours!
Moisturizes and hydrates hands as it kills germs and bacteria.
Infused with soothing aloe vera.
Fragrance-free, dye-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free.
PLUS, it can help keep your hands soft while it is protecting you!
This stuff really works. Carry it with you wherever you go! I have one in my backpack and one in my laptop case. If you are traveling, this is a great product to bring with you!
2. Use Vital Oxide
You can disinfect toys, furniture and objects in your home on a regular basis with Vital Oxide.
This product is a proven hospital-grade disinfectant and it kills 99.999% of viruses, bacteria and germs. Use on often-touched items and surfaces. It is fragrance-free and safe to use around kids, pets and people.
Even if your child isn't ill, spraying their toys with Vital Oxide regularly can eliminate nasty bacterias.
If your child or other person in your household suffers from an illness, be sure to disinfect their bedding and mattress. You can add Vital Oxide to the washer to disinfect blankets, sheets and other laundry that needs to be disinfected (pajamas, etc.). The suggested amount is 1/2 to 1 cup of Vital Oxide, based on the size of the load you are washing, along with your regular detergent.
To disinfect the mattress, remove the bedding and spray the mattress with Vital Oxide and let it air dry.
There is also a travel-size Vital Oxide that is great to take with you when you travel.
3. Use BioProtect to Have Lasting Protection
Use BioProtect (step two) as a non-toxic, food-surface safe antimicrobial shield that protects surfaces from microbes such as odor-causing bacteria, algae, fungi (mold and mildew) for your increased health and safety. Effective on hard non-porous washable bathroom and non-food contact kitchen surfaces and fixtures around the home or office, this antimicrobial surface protectant is also able to be used on carpets and upholstery to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria, bacteria which cause staining and discoloration, and fungi (mold and mildew). You can apply this in a homes, businesses, school systems, hotels, transportation and much more in need of inhibiting the growth of bacteria that causes staining and discoloration.
Great for home and office use in large scale settings
Invisible microbiostatic coating inhibits bacteria growth for 3 months
Safe for use on carpets and upholstery in hotels and houses
Water based formula is odor and color free, safe for any surface
4. Limit Exposure to Large Crowds
Keep away from crowds during the cold and flu season. Since RSV and other illnesses are starting earlier this year, limiting your contact with crowds should also start now.
This can be tricky because kids are in school now and they are germ-magnets! Remind your child to wash their hands often especially before eating or after using the restroom. You can also pack a bottle of BIOPROTECT™ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer for them to use if necessary.
With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted, crowds are everywhere, so this is hard to avoid, but using the precautions that you can will help.
5. Stay Home When You Are Sick
If you are sick, stay home from school, work and public areas so you don't get others sick!
If you have further questions about how to take advantage of these amazing products, please contact an agent near you. They will be happy to assist you.