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Airborne Diseases: Everything You Need To Protect Your Family

17 September 2020

Did you know that by just breathing, you can catch a disease? It’s scary, isn’t it?

Such diseases are called airborne diseases. According to this article by medical news today, Airborne diseases are illnesses spread by tiny pathogens in the air which can be bacteria, fungi, or viruses.

They are transmitted when people with symptoms cough, sneeze, or talk, pouring phlegm from their nose or throat into the air, on surfaces or people. When a person touches an infected surface or breathes in the infected air, the pathogens can get into the body and multiply until they have the disease. 

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COMMON AIRBORNE DISEASES 

Some of the most familiar airborne diseases include;

The Common Cold

Many adults will experience the common cold at least once a year and children may get between 5 to 10 colds a year making it one of the most common contagious airborne diseases. Colds are generally not serious and may go on their own within a week to 10 days (Mayo Clinic 2010).

Influenza 

Even though cases of influenza went down in Australia at the beginning of 2020 as reported by the Australian Department of Health, it is still a dangerous airborne disease. This is because it can spread to other people before a person starts seeing symptoms.

Chickenpox

Many people get chickenpox only once, and then the virus goes dormant. It can be gotten from someone who has shingles.

Measles

Like Chickenpox, most people get measles only once in their lifetime. It is spread quickly in crowded conditions and can remain active in the air or on surfaces for up to 2 hours. It can be transmitted to others up to 4 days before and 4 days after the measles rash appears.

Measles is a leading cause of death among children worldwide and was responsible for 140,000 deaths in 2018. 

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious airborne disease that can affect people of all ages but is more serious for babies under 12 months. A popular symptom of whooping cough is long periods of coughing that sounds like a whoop.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis damages people’s lungs (health direct) and can cause serious illness or even death. However, you have to be in close contact with a person who has it for a long time to get it as it doesn’t spread easily. About 1.4 billion people worldwide have TB and most aren’t sick.

 

COVID-19

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According to WHO, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause illnesses in humans. COVID-19 is caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus and is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally including Australia.

General Symptoms Of Airborne Disease

Most people who get infected by an airborne disease will experience some of these symptoms;

  • Coughing, sneezing, running nose and sore throat
  • Inflammation of the nose, throat, or lungs
  • Swollen glands
  • Headache and body aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes (chickenpox and measles)
  • Diarrhea and Dehydration

 

TREATMENT  

Even though most airborne diseases run their course within a couple of days or weeks, it’s best to call or see a doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms. The doctor will determine the specific illness and recommend a course of treatment. It’s also most likely that you’ll need a lot of fluids and rest. 

Some airborne diseases have no treatment and medications and care are only given to relieve symptoms

Airborne diseases like COVID-19 can be fatal especially for people with a weakened immune system and underlying complications, children, and the aged. This is why it’s very important to protect yourself and your family


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Ways To Protect Yourself And Your Family From COVID-19 and Other Airborne Diseases

According to the World Health Organisation, you can lower your chances of contacting COVID-19 and other airborne diseases by doing the following;

  • Avoid close contact with people who have active symptoms of any airborne disease
  • Wear a mask when out in public to prevent breathing in or spreading germs
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) and often, especially after sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your face or other people with unwashed hands.

Other Ways Include;

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines can reduce your chances of getting some airborne diseases such as measles, chickenpox, influenza, and whooping cough. They also lower the risk for others in your community. 

Ventilation

In an unventilated area, pathogens, pollutants, and moisture can build up to unsafe levels. Increasing ventilation is recommended by The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help exchange air between the inside and outside of a building.

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Get An Indoor Air Detoxifier

Detoxifying the air with a detoxifier is another way of keeping your home or work area free of pollutants and harmful pathogens. When you’re choosing an indoor air detoxifier for your home, you need to consider the following;

  • How efficient are the filters of the device? 
  • How effective is it in removing toxins and bacteria from the air?
  • Is there an option for a service to maintain the filters safely?
  • Is it safe for your food?

VBreathe_Gel_FilterIndoor Air detoxifiers like the VBreathe Tasman improves indoor air quality by not only filtering heavy particles through the device but also by dispersing VActive Gel into the air to reduce harmful indoor mould, bacteria, viruses, microbes, and toxins.

What about Air Purifiers? Can they also remove bacteria and germs from the air? Yes, however, Air detoxifiers are more effective than Air purifiers at removing pollutants and bacteria in the air. Most air purifiers rely on HEPA filters alone, they can only filter the air that passes through the device. 

Indoor Air detoxifiers like the VBreathe Tasman use medical-grade HEPA filtration with an all-natural VActive Gel that spreads in the entire room to protect you and your loved ones from the harmful indoor pathogens, pollutants, and toxins that are airborne and on surfaces. 

One of the best things you can do to protect you and your loved ones during this global COVID-19 pandemic is to follow the WHO guidelines on Coronavirus and maintain high-quality air in your home by using an indoor air detoxifier like the VBreathe Tasman. It comes in multiple colours and is lightweight, portable, and compact.

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