Make no error, this year’s latest from Oz is a killer.
73 dead already and counting.
Which means don’t play games, get protection in place now, before the worst happens.
You’re prepared of course.
Ready with flu jabs for the whole staff. No exceptions.
If one goes down, they all go down – it’s that kind of killer.
Because it mutates, see? Like all viruses and bacteria, it evolves an immunity from generation to generation. Survival of the fittest – and most lethal.
Dodgy virus, dodgy defence
Doubly dangerous this year, because the vaccine is less effective than usual.
Always a dodgy issue because it’s a guessing game. Before any outbreak happens, top World Health Organization medics have to choose which formula to use against which way they think new virus strains will develop.
Like spin the bottle to stop an epidemic.
Most of the time, they get it sort of right.
But viruses are unpredictable anyway – often flying off at a tangent.
Which is what they’ve done this year. Mutating into a new – and for the moment unconquerable – strain.
Which is why influenza A/H3N2 is not to be trusted – despite being tracked, mapped and closely documented since first appearing in 1968.
Hear the warning bells?
You might have everybody lined up for a flu jab. But there’s no guarantee it’s going to work – or even half-work.
So what’s your Plan B?
Because, impressive though they may be – all those free gym memberships, medical consultations, diet advice sessions, stop smoking clinics, feng shui décor options and ergonomic work stations are not going to work against this proven killer.
Only full-on germ elimination will do that.
And yes, there’s germs aplenty in every office. It’s just that they’re so small, they’re totally invisible to us. So we kid ourselves we’re all clear.
In reality, we’re playing Russian roulette.
Because we don’t see, we don’t notice. And most workplaces are crawling.
- The average desk has over 10 million unseen bacteria – 400 times more than a toilet.
- A typical keyboard may have 7,500 organisms hiding on it.
- Only one in five of us ever cleans our desk before eating.
- At least two in three of us always eat lunch there.
Our personal hygiene is not much better:
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
- 95% of people don’t even wash their hands properly.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
A killer is coming – and we’re unconsciously sitting right in the firing line.
Standing up to A/H3N2 needs at least everyone to wash their hands before and after doing anything. Not very practical, but doable with antiseptic wipes and gel placed ready on every desk.
Still it’s not enough.
Air: life-giving and deadly
All those surfaces are still contaminated – the nightly go with a vacuum cleaner and wipe-down with a damp rag is way inadequate. Plus the air itself is full of germs too.
We think of it as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide – and yes, it is.
It’s also dust, smoke, oil and exhaust fumes, toxic emissions and germs too. A full house of them – colds, flu, norovirus, MRSA, e. coli, salmonella, TB, c. difficile and at least 1,800 other viruses, bacteria and fungi .
Plus any day now, A/H3N2.
Our only defence apart from soap and water – the HEPA filters in our air-con system. If we have them. But they’re only good for particles down to 3 microns – and A/H3N2 is less than 2 microns.
Not good odds against a known and virulent killer.
Unless we take all germs out completely. Sterilise the whole place – desks, walls, ceiling, floor, every item of furniture and objects around it – plus of course, the air itself.
So it’s germ-free, safe and secure when we step in each morning.
And there’s only one way to do that with any certainty. Mist up everything every evening with ionised hydrogen peroxide. All germs are oxidised to nothing – including A/H3N2.
What? You don’t have regular hydrogen peroxide treatment as part of your wellness plan?
Better move fast, before the coughs and splutters start.
You don’t want your plan to look like window dressing.