How Indoor Air Detoxifiers Help Prevent the Flu

24 September 2020

As the weather gets colder you may need to protect yourself against many of the viral airborne diseases especially influenza commonly called the Flu. Research has shown that the change in weather affects how our system functions. It also creates an environment for germs such as the one that causes the flu to thrive and spread more rapidly. This is why it is important to learn how to defend yourself and your family from this common viral illness.

What Is Influenza

Influenza popularly called the FLU is an airborne disease that attacks your respiratory system which includes your nose, throat and lungs. 

Influenza is much more serious than the common cold. If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how terrible it can be. The World Health Organization estimates the virus kills up to 650,000 people worldwide.


How Influenza Spreads:

  • When you shake hands, hug or touch an infected person 
  • When you touch surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. This is why you shouldn’t share utensils or drinking glasses with anyone, especially someone who might be sick. 
  • When the virus is expelled into the air by coughing, sneezing, or just exhaling and is then inhaled by an individual. This is the primary method of transmission. However, recent studies have also found large amounts of the flu virus in the breath of people with the flu. This means the flu could contaminate the air around a sick person just by them breathing, without them even coughing or sneezing according to new research from the University of Maryland in College Park.

How Long Can The Flu Virus Live In The Air?

If someone with the flu sneezes, coughs, or talks, droplets from them become airborne. The droplets typically reach about one meter before hanging suspended in the air for a while, where they can survive as droplets in the air for several hours. After that time, they may land on surfaces, where they can survive for up to 24 hours. If these droplets come in contact with your nose or mouth, you can become sick too. 

Low temperatures increase how long the flu virus can survive in the air which explains why the flu is more common during the winter.

Symptoms of the Flu:

Flu symptoms are similar to that of other airborne diseases like Covid19. This is why it’s very important to see or call a doctor if you’re consistently experiencing some or all of the following symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle soreness, etc.

Who Is Most At Risk?

The Flu affects most people but according to this article by Mayo Clinic, you are at a higher risk of developing complications if you’re;

  • Older than 65
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Pregnant or a new mother
  • Have a chronic illness, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes
  • Very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Children under age 5, and especially those under 6 months
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

Fewer cases of influenza were reported in Australia at the beginning of 2020 as reported by the Australian Department of Health. However, it is still a dangerous airborne disease. This is because it can spread to other people before a person starts seeing symptoms. Most of the time, adults who look healthy but have the illness may be able to infect others a day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

3 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Getting The Flu

The following tips can help to remove the flu virus from your skin, surfaces, and the air.

istockphoto-1164812865-612x6121. Get Vaccinated

The first step in defending yourself is to get a flu vaccine every year which will reduce your risk of getting influenza and complications from it that can result in hospitalization or death.

2. Practice Healthy Habits

The first step is to get a flu vaccine every year. The influenza vaccine isn't 100% effective, so it's also important to take several measures to protect yourself from getting the Flu. 

One of such measures is to practice good hygiene in your everyday life. CDC recommends the following actions to help lower your chances of getting this highly contagious illness;

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water as often as you can in a day. You can use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water aren't available. This will get rid of viruses that cause the flu.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. If you need to touch your face, make sure you first wash your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Then dispose of the tissue safely in a closed bin and wash your hands
  • Clean your surfaces regularly
  • Avoid crowds during flu season and anyone who is sick
  • Stay at home if you’re sick so that you do not infect other people
  • Eat well, stay active, and get a good night’s sleep to boost your immune system. A healthy immune system will help you fight illnesses.
3. Get An Indoor Air Detoxifier

Influenza viruses can spread through the air on dust, fibers, and other microscopic particles, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. 

Not only does an Air detoxifier keep the air in your home clean by significantly reducing airborne dust, mold, and pollen, it can also help to significantly reduce viruses that cause colds and flu from the air. 


Removing The Flu Virus From The Air

Detoxifying the air with a detoxifier is just as important as cleaning surfaces in your home. another way of keeping your home or work area free of pollutants and harmful pathogens.

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

Its medical-grade HEPA filter uses proprietary anti-bacterial coating to trap and reduce harmful indoor microbes and toxins in the layers of the filter. Independently tested to capture up to 97% of fine particles up to 1.0 micron and 96% of PM 2.5 particles.

Is an Air Detoxifier not like an Air Purifier? 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 airborne pathogens, pollutants, and  toxins indoors. 

This makes the VBreathe Tasman Air detoxifiers more effective than any Air purifier at significantly reducing airborne pathogens, mold, bacteria and viruses indoors. It also comes in multiple colours, is lightweight, portable, and stylish.

Do you have questions about using Indoor air detoxifiers for cleaner and healthier air at home? We’re here to help. Feel free to contact us for answers and recommendations based on your needs here.

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