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What I learned from the EPA brochure about(not) spreading the flu virus.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The information in the brochure (see my last blog) was well researched in scientific emoticon experiments.

If I read the brochure correctly,

--catching a cold can be reduced by diligent hand washing
but catching the flu is different because the droplets are so tiny and get into the air.

---flu viruses are easily spread through air ducts and carried on air currents.

---so we need to prevent flu viruses from getting into the air we breathe and then deep into our lungs.

---rhino viruses (colds) stay in the upper part of our nose and airways but flu viruses are carried much deeper into our lungs.

---some people , especially some children, are super producers of flu viruses.

---keeping humidity close about 45% in homes and schools is a very good way to shorten the infectious life of flu viruses.

---closing the lids on toilets before flushing prevents massive flu viruses from getting into the room --and then traveling all throughout the building through the ventilation ducts. I have been diligent about keeping glasses, cups, toothbrushes sterilized and even out of the bathroom. For years I had low grade virus infections and fatigue from them. I now notice much less fatigue and sinus problems. I do other things also to keep my sinuses clear. I am actually now fairly paranoid about this. But I feel better !!!!!

---in bathrooms, intake vents need to be about 12 inches above the floor-- not all put on ceilings as we tend to do.

---cleaning of air ducts is very important. I put this off for years and years!

---after cleaning the ducts, professionals can spray herbicides (for molds)into air ducts .

---strong UV lights in heating systems kill most flu viruses. I just found out about these when the guys cleaned our ducts!

---schools grow and spread flu viruses! Low humidity, no lids on toilets, often not having air ducts cleaned, super producers of flu viruses.

Take it or leave it! I have read before about toilets spreading germs much farther than previously thought.

Not pleasant information. But I really, really do not want to catch the flu!

Any mistakes are my own. The brochure had many graphs and data in small print.

emoticon Chris

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DANLIN60 2/18/2013 8:46PM

    thanks for all this info

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CMFARRELL36 2/18/2013 5:20PM

    Thanks for the info - I'll need to go and read the leaflet for myself.

I thought I was doing fine with the hand washing, and I prefer the toilet lid to be closed, anyway.
I've even been using a bottle of hand gel after leaving a shop and putting the trolley away.

But that raises a whole new subject - the harmful ingredients in anti- bacterial hand gels and washes.....

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DONNA5281 2/18/2013 2:13PM

  Thank you for sharing your information!
It makes me worry to know how many things that I need to change.
I knew about some of them but didn't pay much attention to them BUT now I will!

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RONNIEHUEY 2/18/2013 12:25PM

    Thank you

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123ELAINE456 2/18/2013 2:25AM

  Thank You for the information. This is something that everyone need to pay attention to. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HDHAWK 2/17/2013 9:52PM

    Between working in a school and every kid in my class with colds and horrible coughs I'm just waiting for it to hit. My husband has also had the crud for over a week now.

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JOYFUL78 2/17/2013 9:47PM

    thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much for teaching us this important stuff.

you are WONDERFUL! emoticon

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DARLY55 2/17/2013 9:10PM

    Thanks for doing homework for all of us,
emoticon you saved us time and maybe even the flu!

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CANDICE293 2/17/2013 7:42PM

    Wow, thanks for the info my BF and I are DILIGENT in putting the toilet eat down after we flush my MIL however does not and it freaks us right out.


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123456789100 2/17/2013 7:09PM

    So much information! Thanks. I'd actually thought that the transmission of the cold and the flu was the same before now, and thanks for the info on the toilet! I will be sure to put this to good use!

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JO88BAKO 2/17/2013 7:07PM

    Interesting, thanks for sharing. I also like the pics of your shells. We love finding them at the beach.

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