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ViraxCare Answers the UKs Most Pressing Covid-19 'Back to Work' Questions Part 3

ViraxCare Answers the UKs Most Pressing Covid-19 'Back to Work' Questions Part 3

Here at ViraxCare our expert team is focussed on getting you and your staff back to work as efficiently and safely as possible. In doing so we have been asked many questions by employers and employees. In our blog posts we are going to use our expert team of scientists to get to the bottom of all of these and hopefully provide clinical guidance to those seeking a way out of the pandemic and back to the office. Our Doctor Tomasz George PHD answers your most pressing questions:
How business can safely run their local shops?
High street stores are still open for business throughout the current health crisis and economic turmoil, however measures need to be put in place to safeguard the safety of customers and staff as much as possible. These include: Putting up signs at the entrance encouraging people not to enter if they have Covid-19 symptoms, enforcing mask wearing and hand sanitizing on entry. Offering masks (branded if possible) and hand sanitizer upon entry. Placing social distance markers on the floor to encourage safe distance practice. Creating a one way system that can encourage social distancing and reduce the chance of face to face contact. Placing screens wherever possible to protect staff and shop users from close contact. Switching to cashless payments, and encouraging contactless payments on card. Wiping down card machine buttons with disinfectant wipes after each use. Increasing the frequency of cleaning times per day to as many as is viable, and encouraging staff to be cleaning whenever they are idle. Antiviral coatings can be applied to high-touch areas such as handles, lift buttons, escalator rails, card machines and the outside of hand sanitizer dispensers. Additionally, antiviral mist sprays can be used periodically to kill any virus that is present in the air.
Tips on how to be COVID safe in the gym
Gyms are one of the hotspots for viral transmission and both you and your gym should be taking every precaution to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The best solution is to exercise outdoors, or in your accommodation wherever possible, but if you wish to attend a gym, ensure you have no symptoms of Covid-19 before considering going, if you have any difficulty breathing, a chesty cough or have lost your sense of smell or taste, stay home, get tested for Covid-19 and isolate for 14 days. Check if your gym has installed antiviral measures. These can include: Enhanced air conditioning systems that include UV-C disinfection or viral filtration measures. Wherever possible air-conditioning airflows should be positioned where there is less risk of aiding viral transmission between gym goers. Disinfection of all equipment before and after use. You should be able to maintain a 2m social distance between yourself and other gym users, the safe distance should be increased between people who are breathing hard such as those on cardio machines. Try to wear a mask when moving between activities. Face shields do not restrict breathing so may be a good option to offer some protection while exercising. Antiviral coatings can be applied to high-touch areas such as weights and cardio machines, handles, and lift buttons. Antiviral mist sprays can be used periodically to kill any virus that is present in the air, this is particularly important in-between gym classes.
Tips on how to stay healthy this Winter 
The main things you can do this winter to avoid the coronavirus are to maintain social distancing measures, wear masks and wash or disinfect your hands at every opportunity. It is also important to have a healthy, balanced diet inclusive of 10 portions of multicolored fruits and vegetables a day. It is important to stay hydrated and to keep the airways in your mouth and nose warm when you go outside into the cold weather, this stops them drying up and becoming more susceptible to infection. Sun lamps can counteract some of the lack of sunshine in the winter months and can be useful to boost vitamin D levels and immunity, though they must be used in moderation according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
There are various supplements you can take to boost immune function and help improve viral defense at the lung nose and throat membranes where the virus attaches. These include: Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinasia, Green tea, Beta Glucans, N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) or Glutathione, Vitamin A, Quercetin, Elderberry and Andrographis paniculata. You may wish to add some of these to your daily regimen.
If you have any more questions feel free to Ask our Doctor

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