COVID-19 – GETTinformed and #GETTsafe
At times when there is an increased risk of contagion caused by infectious diseases, like the rapid spread of COVID-19, hygiene is one of the most effective weapons against infection.
We have drawn up a white paper with 14 useful tips that you can very easily incorporate in your daily life and protect yourself from the consequences of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases! Stay healthy!
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➤ It is true that maintaining good hygiene, like washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, provides a certain degree of protection from viruses and bacteria, but aerosols can be released through coughing and sneezing, which then settle on the direct surroundings.
➤ Recent studies have proven that the coronavirus survives up to 9 days on surfaces. The coronavirus particularly loves surfaces made of synthetic materials and plastic. This is where it survives longest.
A lack of hygiene can cost lives!
It is worth regularly cleaning and disinfecting items that people often touch. The situation in hygiene-sensitive areas like hospitals, doctors’ practices and nursing homes is particularly critical. Pathogens are very frequently encountered here. Although it is absolutely essential to maintain hygiene standards, this often does not take place with the necessary care. A lack of time and human resources is often the reason for this. As many as 20,000 people die just from hospital germs in Germany every year. People with a weak immune system are particularly at risk.
Keyboards are a paradise for germs. Data input devices like keyboards and PC mice are seriously underestimated as sources of germs in everyday medical situations.
Germs gather in cracks and grooves and multiply. A British consumer magazine already discovered in 2008 that there are more germs present on computer keyboards than on many toilet seats! This is particularly a high risk in intensive care units. Patients lying there are often seriously ill and their immune system is deficient. Many people suffering from the corona virus infection are being exposed to this situation around the world.
However, other public areas are also faced with the same challenges. Many people come into contact with each other every day (public authorities like the police or Federal Labor Agency, banks or pharmacies).
+++ BREAKING NEWS +++
Dr. med. Grünewald reported at an event organized by a German Clinic recently that keyboards in pharmacies have been tested positive for coronaviruses. Turn on the subtitles to see his speech.
Recommendation by Centers of Disease Control and and Prevention! CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. As the nation's health protection agency, CDC specifically recommends to clean and disinfect electronics such as tablets, touch screens and keyboards. In order to do so, we advise to purchase washable keyboards that can be sanitized. Depending on whether the model is made of glass or silicone, it is possible to thoroughly clean and disinfect the keyboard and mouse because of their enclosed surface. It is then hardly possible for any viruses and bacteria to gather there!
+++ GETT creates production capacity to manufacture protective masks against the coronavirus +++
March, 26th 2020 | GETT became aware of a Facebook post from a German Clinic, in which the Head of the Emergency Department, Dr. med. Mark D. Frank, provides step-by-step instructions for making a protective face shield against the coronavirus. He developed the idea and the instructions for the protective face shield with the help of his hygiene team and the support of the German Medical Technical Service. Purchasing personal protective medical equipment is becoming an increasingly serious problem around the world. GETT is now creating production capacity to manufacture these protective masks to shield medical workers from the dangerous virus.
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