Amazing phone app warns of illness threats

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A “Wash your hands” reminder even in sleep mode

Our phones just keep getting smarter.

With so many capabilities that most of us don’t even know are there.

Particularly this one, which all new phones have.

The lifesaver app

Maybe the most important one of all –because it could save your life. Actually prevent you from succumbing to that unknown dreadful illness you would never have known was there.

Seems only weeks ago that we jumped up and down, demanding that with all the super-advanced technology floating around there should be an app that stops us getting sick.

And here we are – more fool us – it’s been on our phones all the time. Like wow.

Even more incredible is that this app is active all the time. Including sleep mode, or when the battery is dead – and even when your phone is TURNED OFF.

First time experience?

If you haven’t discovered it yet, try this.

Without doing anything, hold your phone up to the light. You may have to angle it around to get the strongest reading, but it’s there.

You’ll see it’s obvious, all over the glass – a dull cloudiness, smears and finger marks.

A very useful indicator this. Subtle too, so that anyone looking over your shoulder cannot see the message. It’s discreet and avoids embarrassment. A priceless life-saving hygiene alert.

Because those marks on the glass is your phone reminding you that you need to wash your hands.

That screen is very sensitive see – well of course, it works by touch. And it makes the invisible – visible. Every contact we make with unwashed hands shows up as a mark – not necessarily of dirt, because our hands LOOK clean.

Dirt in disguise

Uh huh. Maybe that’s why we all forget to wash our hands as often as we should. Appearances are deceptive. We THINK we’re clean, but we’re not.

Because every smudge, streak, smear and stain on that phone screen is actually a germ trace – direct evidence from our fingers of the billions of invisible viruses and bacteria that surround us all the time. A visible signature of the ones we haven’t had an opportunity to wash off yet.

OK, so wipe the screen off and start again. Better still, clean your phone first – believe it or not, there’s at least 25,000 germs per square inch on there – more than in a toilet. Better wash your own hands as well, of course.

Touch the phone with clean fingers – and hey presto! Nary a sign of anything, the screen stays mirror perfect. Visible proof your hands are germ-free.

A hugely useful app, this. Because those marks also remind you of the germs lurking wherever you keep your phone – transferring to other things around it. The compact in your handbag, your purse, the make-up you carry around with you – your credit cards, pens, hairclips, scrunchies.

Oops. And that’s another hygiene hint worth, taking.

To clean out your bag and everything in it regularly – wipe them all down with a sterile wipe. Before any germs transfer back to your fingers – and of course, show up on your phone again.

Are you sure you’re safe?

Really jolts you into thinking about hygiene, hey?

Because the same applies to everywhere you put your fingers.

In your pockets, in your gloves. And all the other places you can’t sterilise that you also touch during the day. Grab handles on the bus, doorknobs, countertops, computer keyboards, your office phone.

There are germ traces on them too, but you just can’t see them. Some from you and some from other people. And what have THEY touched that might affect you? When did THEY last wash THEIR hands?

Makes you think before you bite into that doughnut with the mug of coffee at your desk, doesn’t it?

Better check first. Does your phone say it’s OK to touch the food you put in your mouth?Wash Hands Logo

And in the countdown between your coffee break and lunch, while you’re touching all those other things – documents from other people, packages from outside, the photocopier – will you remind yourself to wash your hands afterwards?

Should you set an alarm? Not to say it’s lunch time, but to remind you to wash your hands before you nosh? BEFORE you zoom out for the brie, tomato and basil baguette – which you can never seem wait to scoff because your tummy’s always growling already?

If not an alarm, check your phone anyway. After you’ve cleaned it of course.

Is it safe?

Are the germs gone? No germ traces? MIrror smooth?

With a brilliant app like this, you don’t want to come down with something when it’s so easy not to.

Whole rooms sterile safe like surgical instruments

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Safe from viruses and bacteria – in this room the germ threshold is zero

Hotels know the concept.

It’s why glasses in the bathroom are wrapped in paper – and why there’s a band across the loo.

Sanitised for your protection.

Feel-good reassurance that your room is safe and free from germs.

If only

Wouldn’t that be great?

Thing is though, that “sanitised” only means clean.

And there’s a huge difference between clean and safe.

Sure it smells clean. Except all an air freshener does is mask odours.

But hey, clean is good. It’s the first part of setting your mind at rest.

Because better still and right now, sterile surroundings are possible. With scares like Ebola and MRSA around – they’re rapidly becoming part of our everyday. Real hospital operating-room sterile, the same as a heart surgeon’s instruments.

Hospital safe

Easy too – much simpler than the sterilising autoclaves you’ll find in hospitals – which typically require high temperatures and partial vacuums to make them work.

OK, the business of cleaning still has to be done. Dirt is dirt, that requires physical scrubbing, wiping and vacuuming to be removed.

But microscopically small, germs still remain – less than before, but still a hazard. And because you can’t scrub air, they’re still filling the empty space that is most of a room – lighter than air and able to survive for weeks or more.

Time to bring in the Hypersteriliser – about the size of a small wheelie-bin, and just as manoeuvrable. Ready to sterilise your room to the same Log 6 Sterility Assurance Level that hospitals demand. All at the touch of a button.

Like hospital sterilisers, the Hypersteriliser uses ionised hydrogen peroxide gas plasma that destroys virus and bacteria cells by oxidising them into oblivion.

Low temperature ionisation

The difference is ionisation by electricity instead of heat – kinder to sensitive materials, generating less moisture and leaving no residues. And of course, instead of a small cubby-hole, the entire room becomes the sterilising chamber.

The ionised hydrogen peroxide is released into the room in an ultra-fine mist – a safe and ultra-low 6% solution, the same as you might buy in the chemist to whiten your teeth.

The cloud of molecules disperses rapidly in all directions – repelled from each other by the negative charge they all have – forcing them to the far limits of the enclosed space, hard against furniture, equipment, walls, floor and ceiling or any other objects in the room.

And of course, deep into any cracks or crevices that let them escape each other further.

The charge also energises them, releasing ozone, ultraviolet light, hydroxyl radicals and highly reactive oxygen species – oxidising atoms that actively seize harmful pathogens, attracted by their positive charge – latching onto them and ripping them to shreds.

This action dissipates the charge, the hydrogen peroxide reverts to oxygen and small amounts of water, which immediately evaporate.

How do you know it works?

You can’t see germs anyway, so you can’t see when they’re not there either.

But here’s a clue.

One indication that bacteria are active is the smell caused by infection or their reaction with organic substances. After hydrogen peroxide treatment, all odours should be gone.

The other giveaway is mould.

Dirty black and difficult to remove when active, it subsides to a pale grey as its cells die off with oxidising. Its discolouration is still there of course, but now an easy wipe should take it off – job done. No mould, no germs.

What haven’t we told you?

Ah yes, if you’re worried about using chemicals to make the room sterile, remember that hydrogen peroxide is manufactured by the body as its own germ-fighting defence. It’s a chemical yes, but occurs naturally to do exactly the same thing.

So there you have it. A way to make rooms safely sterile in around 20 – 40 minutes, depending on size.

It doesn’t kill the germs we might carry around on our bodies, or inside us.

But it does reduce the germ threshold to zero so we can’t catch anything new when we walk in.

Yes, prevention is better than cure. So here’s a hospital-type way to stay out of hospital and stay healthy too.

Should help with all the pressures they’re having right now. Phew!