Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been debates over which is more effective – hand sanitisers or soap and water.
There were rumours that sanitiser gel was more effective in removing coronavirus, which led to a soaring sale of the gel and wipes.
But is it really more effective than the simple soap and water?
Studies have suggested that using running water and soap to wash hands is more effective than a dab of hand sanitiser gel, reports Xinhua.
A study by the American Society for Microbiology last year showed that antibacterial gel cannot be adequately rubbed in during use.
On the other hand, washing hands with soap will dislodge viral cells from hands, and rinsing thoroughly with running water will remove them completely, which is key to washing away viruses.
Experts say hand sanitiser with over 60 percent alcohol content is effective in killing most viruses. However, the must-have alcohol can be harmful to sensitive skins and even cause damage to healthy ones.
A spokesperson for Japanese chemical products company Kao Corporation has said that too much hand gel can dry out the skin and remove natural oils on the surface, increasing vulnerability to infection.
So, hand sanitisers are best used in moderation, and should always come as the second choice when hand washing is not possible.
Are you returning work after the withdrawal of two-month long coronavirus lockdown period? The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) might continue its destruction over humanity in the upcoming months. Though scientists are on the hunt for vaccine, nobody knows when it will be available for mass people. On the other hand, it is quite unfeasible for any government to impose lockdown for unlimited time. Now the new-normal life would be returning to regular lifestyle and resuming respective livelihood activities maintaining precautions. In this article, we are going to discuss some post lockdown safety precautions to prevent COVID19 contraction.
Whenever you step outside home, wear a clean face mask properly. For additional safety you can wear face-shields, Goggles, and head-cover. Don’t forget to carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap in your pocket or hand bag. Stay away from wearing any metallic accessories like watch, jewelry, etc. Wear clothes which you can wash after returning home. To avoid virus contraction, the service-holder persons can carry bags which are washable or easily cleanable with wipes.
The service-holder people tend to visit tea stalls and local restaurants during their tea-break and launch hours. The virus contamination can happen through food, utensils and common spaces at the restaurant. It would be wise to carry your food and water from home.
However, if you still want to eat out in a restaurant or tea stall, make sure that your tea cup, or plate or spoons have been properly washed before serving. Preferably, visit tea stalls/ food stores who provide disposable cups/ plates. Besides this, tobacco consumption at public space enhances your risk of virus contraction.
In today’s world mobile-phone has become an inseparable part of our life. We can hardly spend an hour without using Smartphone. However, try not to touch your phone without sanitizing your hand. Don’t place your phone over a common surface which has been contacted by other people. You can put your Smartphone in a Ziploc bag while travelling outside home. While you return home, don’t allow your kids to touch the Smartphone before sanitizing it properly.
Try to avoid any place where people are gathering without maintaining at least 3-feet of distance. You may need to go out of home for emergency purpose. Just like you many other people are roaming outside. Whether you are jogging on the road, or waiting on the bus station, or visiting a bank or shopping at grocery store, try to avoid the crowd.
Plan your daily schedules skillfully, so that you can avoid crowded places. For instance, you can complete your outside task in the early office-hours. Opt for electronic systems to pay your bills instead of standing on lines. It would be safe, if you can buy regular grocery items, food and medicine from online grocery shops, and pharmacies. However, if you still need to visit physical stores, try to visit a less crowded grocery store and do the grocery shopping weekly.
As an individual you are a part of the society. Besides opting for personal safety pre-cautions you need to encourage other people to wear face-masks. However, if some people deny wearing masks you can deny their service too. For instance, don’t ride on a bus, or CNG, or Rickshaw if the driver is not wearing mask. In the same way, don’t buy from a grocery shop, where the grocer is not wearing any face mask.
If you are a shop owner or grocer, ask your customer to put on a face-mask. Furthermore, in your workplace encourage your colleagues and office attendants to wear masks. If possible, you can carry some extra fresh face-masks to offer your friend, colleague, or other people who needs it.
The best way to avoid COVID19 contraction is to work from home. However, if you are bound to join office, consult with your authority and try to re-organize your work schedules. Keep in mind that during the rush hours there would be excessive people on the road. Furthermore, there might be scarcity of vehicle in the rush hours. If possible choose office hour when the traffic would be low.
To secure the health-safety of mass people, our Government has imposed strict rules to main distance in public transport. However, this decision has led to increase the transport fare in one way. In other way, it has become more difficult for people to ride on a transport on time.
Don’t ride on a crowded bus, where the imposed safety rules have been violated. It would be wise if you can manage alternative to public transports. For instance, you can commute some distance by walking. If possible, manage other kind of vehicle, like rickshaw, motorcycle, or CNG until the morbidity of Corona Virus situation comes to an end.
What if, your work place is far away from home? If you have no other choice but to opt for public transport to commute at office, then take proper safety precautions. Try not to touch the handles, seat, window shield or other common spots on the bus. Maintain personal precautions like wearing Mask, face-shield, hand gloves, Goggles, etc. while you travel through any public transport.
Consult with your authority to re-organize desks at your workplace to maintain distance among the employees and staffs. It would be wise if the work-hours can be divided into several shifts to limit the number of employees per shift. It is recommended to maintain distance while you communicate with colleagues at workplace.
Wipe your work-desk and other touchable surfaces (like computer keyboard, mouse, headphone, pen drive, etc.) with a piece of clean cloth or tissue before you start working. Try to minimize your exposure to unclean surfaces. For instance, many of us have a common habit of leaning elbows on the work-desk or leaning on the wall while standing or touching the seat-handles while seating, etc. Try to be careful what you touch.
Proper sanitizing procedure should be maintained at the entrance and reception area of every office, and service station. In the workplace, the commonly touchable spaces like floor space, washroom faucets, lift-buttons, door-knobs, door-handles, AC remote, etc should be sanitized properly from time to time. You and your colleagues can supervise those issues by rotation or consult the authority to engage a person who can carry out these sanitizing procedures in a proper way.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) appears this year with the theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”. The Habit of smoking can damage several organs of human body especially the respiratory system including lungs. More than 1.3 billion people use tobacco worldwide for diverse reasons like stimulation, stress relief, enjoyment, social situations, etc. Interestingly, above 80% of the global tobacco users belong to the low and middle-income countries. Recently, the world is suffering from another life-threatening disease COVID19. So it is a burning question: are smokers more vulnerable to COVID19? Stay with us to know some facts.
The habit of smoking can affect your lungs badly. Initially, symptoms may start with Asthma, Wheezing, Coughing, or Colds. Smoking can lead towards fatal diseases like pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, etc. Research shows that smoking is held responsible for 84% of human-deaths from lung cancer worldwide.
Cigarette smoking can also lead to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which also increases the risk of lung cancer. COPD refers to a group of lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc. Cigarette smoking causes about 83% of human-deaths from COPD around the world. COPD mainly causes difficulties in breathing through narrowing down the airways and damaging of the lung tissues. COPD may cause several symptoms in people such as ongoing coughing with phlegm or mucus, shortness of breath during physical activity, wheezing or squeaky sound while breathing, chest infections, chest tightness, etc.
The destruction of tobacco use doesn’t end here. The connection between COPD and lung cancer seems like a two-way street. A study conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston shows that COPD patients have a 1.86-times higher risk of developing small cell lung cancer (SCLC) than people without COPD. It accounts for 15% lung cancer cases globally. What is more? The lung cancer patients are more vulnerable to COPD than people who don’t have cancer.
Unfortunately, the early signs of COPD and SCLC are often neglected by people in the name of ‘smoker’s cough’. However, if smoking is further continued the conditions can get worsened. Quitting Cigarette is the most effective way to slow down the progression of lung diseases.
According to the recent data of World Health Organization (WHO), Tobacco can kill around half of its users. Over 8 million people die each year worldwide due to Tobacco consumption. Among those deaths, above 7 million are caused by direct tobacco use. And, around 1.2 million of non-smoker people die for being exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS).
On the other hand, the term ‘Coronavirus’ refers to a type of virus. There are several kinds of Corona viruses, and some of those cause disease. In 2019, the newly identified corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (known as COVID19) has caused a pandemic of respiratory illness around the world. The grievous impact of COVID19 pandemic has affected more than 6 million people worldwide, while the global death toll has surpassed 3 lacs. Till date there is no scientifically proved vaccine to stop the destruction of Corona virus.
You may know that smokers are more like to contract respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold than non-smokers. Smokers also tend to have an increasing rate of tuberculosis and bacterial pneumonia. Both COVID19 infection and tobacco use tend to deteriorate human-respiratory-system. So, it can be related that smokers are more likely to experience severe complications if they get infected by the new corona virus.
The research initiatives regarding previous corona viruses reveal that smoking can worsen the impact of corona virus infections. In 2012, the outbreak of MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) caused by another kind of Corona Virus caused more deaths among the infected smokers than the infected non-smokers. In addition, people with the habit of smoking carry twice the risk of contracting influenza with further severe symptoms than nonsmokers.
Till date, the scientists haven’t got enough scope to carry out an extensive research to evaluate the risk of COVID19 infection associated with tobacco consumption. But some evidences suggest that smoking is more like to increase the severity of the COVID19 complications if you are infected by the new Corona virus.
In China, study of 1,099 patients with COVID-19 shows that smokers were about 1.4 times as likely as nonsmokers prone to experience severe symptoms. Moreover, smokers are found 2.4 times more likely to get admitted to an ICU (Intensive Care Unit), require ventilation and die in comparison with non-smoker patients who were also infected by corona virus. During COVID19 treatment in China, a small study of 78 people shows that a statistically higher percentage of smokers were found in the group whose health-conditions were adversely progressed in comparison with the group showing stabilization and improvement.
Though there is no scientifically proven evidence yet regarding the link between smoking and COVID-19, the act of smoking can enhance the risk. Let’s see how it happens.
People Consume Tobacco in several forms like smoking cigarettes, smoking water pipes (shisha or hookah), smoking biri, smoking cigars, chewing Cigarette, vaping (e-cigarette), using heated tobacco products, etc. Generally, the act of smoking involves using fingers with the lips, which facilitate the transmission of the Corona virus from unwashed contaminated hand to mouth. The possibility of contaminated cigarettes and tobacco products should also be considered.
Especially, when people smoke water pipes, the associated equipments like mouth pieces and hoses, are often shared by more than one people. This act enhances the possibility of transmission of COVID-19 infection to more tobacco users in the community.
Consumption of smokeless tobacco also involves some level of hand to mouth contact. When a person chews smokeless tobacco product, saliva is naturally produced during the chewing process. If any COVID19 infected person chews tobacco and spits out his excess saliva in a public place, the corona virus can get spread to the surrounding area and affect many other people in the locality.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you to quit smoking or other forms tobacco use considering the associated health-risks caused by tobacco. The very moment you quit, your lungs and heart will start functioning better. Within 20 minutes of quitting, consequences like increased heart rate (HR) and blood pressure will improve. After 12 hours, the level of carbon monoxide (CO) in your bloodstream will drop to a normal state.
Within a period of 2 to 12 weeks, you will experience healthier blood circulation and lung function. Respiratory problems such as coughing and shortness of breath decrease will decrease after 1 to 9 months depending on the severity. It can also protect your family and children from the harmful impact of second-hand smoke exposure. Finally, quitting tobacco use can reduce your risk of getting affected or experiencing severe symptoms of COVID19 infection.
Are you missing your salon? Due to the ongoing CoronaVirus quarantine situation it is quite risky to visit a salon for having a facial. But lack of proper skin-care routine can degrade your skin's health. Having a fresh look both in real life and selfies can make you feel more special. You might be looking for ways to get glowing skin without visiting a beauty parlor. In this article we are going to discuss DIY honey face mask recipe to get a glowing skin. Don’t worry! These steps are easy-to-follow. And the applied ingredients are mostly available in your kitchen. Stay with us!
If you are looking for a simple but effective facial pack, try a honey face mask! Though honey is the main ingredient in this facial process, you will require three more ingredients (Milk, Sugar, and Yogurt) to make the facial more efficient.
- 3 Tbsps. raw honey
- 2 Tbsps. raw milk
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. yogurt
Pure Honey is naturally enriched with antioxidants that fight wrinkles and delays the aging process of the skin. To prepare the honey face pack, you are recommended to apply pure honey otherwise it may not bring the expected result.
Both dairy milk and Yogurt are commendable sources of lactic acid, which is also known as ‘Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)’ ingredient. The magic of lactic acid not only assists in the removal of dead skin cells but also stimulates the growth of new cells on your skin. This is why Lactic Acid is widely applied in modern skincare products, especially anti-aging face cleansers.
Sugar can penetrate the skin cells leaving rejuvenated glowing skin. What is the secret? Sugar is full of Glycolic Acid, which is able to hydrate the skin-cells by absorbing moisture from the surrounding environment. Furthermore, it can preserve the moisture inside the cells of your skin.
The whole process is composed of three steps. Those are cleansing, scrubbing, and applying a face pack.
In the first step we will prepare a cleanser with honey and raw milk.
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- 2 Tbsps. Raw Milk
Take a clean bowl. First, take 1 Tbsp. of raw honey. Then, add 2 Tbsp. of raw milk to the honey. Mix the ingredients properly. Apply some portions on your hand and wait for a moment. Now apply the mixture upon your face and neck. Do the process for 3 to 4 minutes to clean the skin-cells from deep inside. After that, wash your face with normal water.
In the second step we will make a homemade scrub with honey and sugar.
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
Take 1 Tbsp. of raw honey in a clean bowl. Mix one 1 Tbsp. of sugar to the bowl and blend the medley properly. First, try some portion of the mixture upon one hand. Then, apply the combination upon your face and neck area by a clean makeup brush or just fingers. Scrub in a gentle way for about 3 to 4 minutes. Don’t harsh; otherwise the granular property of sugar can hurt your face. Then wash your face again.
In the final step, we will apply a face pack with honey and Yogurt.
- 1 Tbsp. Raw Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Yogurt
In the final step, take 1 Tbsp. of raw honey in a clean bowl. Add 1 Tbsp. of yogurt to this mix. Stir the mixture properly. Like previous steps try it your hand. Then, apply the whole mixture upon your face and neck area for 5 to 7 minutes. For the best results, let this honey face mask stay for 15 to 20 minutes. In the meantime you can do other tasks. Afterward rinse your face with normal water and see the magic!
So far we have discussed some easy steps to prepare cleanser, scrubber, and facial mask with honey with some other beneficial ingredients like sugar, raw milk, and yogurt. Apply the mixture upon your hand before trying on your face. Beware of applying if you experience any rash or irritation. The honey face mask can’t make your fair over the night but it can certainly rejuvenate your skin offering a nice glow.
After the month-long fasting of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, has arrived. However, unlike other years, the holy festival is coming amidst of pandemic this year. Yes! We are talking about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The number of affected people in Bangladesh has crossed 30000; while more than 400 people died from deadly COVID-19 disease. Let not be this holy Eid the last celebration for you or your family. In this article we are going to discuss some ways about how to celebrate Eid safely during COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the Eid day, mass people tend to do grocery shopping for family. Try to order products from online grocery shops and get delivery at your home. If you find no other way but to visit a grocery shop physically, go a less crowded store. Wear mask, and hand gloves. Carry clean tissues and an alcohol-based (60-70%) sanitizer in your bag. Before holding a shopping cart, wipe it with a clean tissue.
Try to maintain at least 6-feet of social distancing from the grocer and other shoppers. If possible opt for credit card or debit card payment. Sanitize your hand after leaving the grocery shop. After entering home, leave your shoes, and drop the grocery bags in a predefined corner of your kitchen. Then wash your hands for at least 20-seconds with soap and running water. After that, disinfect your grocery in proper ways.
Shopping for Eid is a favorite ritual of the common people in Bangladesh. People love to buy gifts for family members and relatives centering on the holy Eid celebration. For Eid-shopping you don’t need to step outside home! You can buy clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewelry, and other necessary items online.
However, if you still want to visit shopping malls take safety protections, like wearing masks and gloves. Beware of touching the lift-buttons with hands. You can apply the elbow to push the buttons. While using stairs, try not to touch any railings. Such places are commonly contacted by numerous people. Who knows any of the visitors might have carried the virus.
Besides these, try to avoid touching or trialing clothes at malls. Be careful while taking any food at the mall. If possible carry your own water bottle and food. And don’t forget to sanitize your hands after leaving the mall. After entering home, leave your shoes, and wash your hands again properly.
The celebration of Eid-al-Fitr starts with a holy prayer. Every year the religious Muslim communities visit Mosques to join communal Eid prayers, and exchange greeting. But this year, doctors and authorities are asking people to celebrate Eid in a bit different way for the sake of safety. The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is encouraging the honorable Muslim community of the country to carry out the Holy Eid Prayers at respective homes to prevent the risk of Corona Virus contagion.
However, if you are still interested to visit a mosque for Eid prayer, don’t forget to take the following safety measures.
- Perform the ablution (Wudu) – the ritual of purification before prayer – within your home. Though mosques have a designated place for ablution, touching the metal taps can enhance the risk of virus contagion. You may know that Coronavirus can stay alive on the metal surfaces for long hours.
- Wear face masks and hand gloves before leaving home.
- Carry your Janamaz – prayer rug – from home. If not possible take a piece of clean cloth with you. Then put the cloth over the surface where you are going to place your hands, forehead, and parts of face during the prayer.
- Try to maintain at least 6-feet of distance during the prayer. And keep social distance while exchanging greetings with other Muslims after the holy Eid prayer.
The ritual of holy Eid prayer is followed by offering treats to relatives, friends, and neighbors. But this year, you can minimize visiting relatives. You can utilize video calling and other technology to greet your relatives while staying at home. However, if you still decide to visit any relative’s place don’t leave your face mask behind.
People of Bangladesh are hospitable. Especially during the Eid festival people of all economic status love to treat their relatives and friends with delicious food. You can invite your guests at home. But it would be wise, if you can invite one family at a time, instead of arranging a large family party. Do wear face masks in front of your guests, and encourage them to do the same.
Besides these, try to maintain some precautions while serving the food. For instance, the common use of metallic serving spoons can enhance the risk of spreading the Corona Virus. You can apply separate serving spoons and disposable crockery. Ask your guests to sit sporadically maintaining social distance, instead of clustering. Overall, plan your food arrangement wisely assuring safety from COVID19.
The holy Eid brings heavenly bliss for the whole Muslim community. Unlike previous years, let us celebrate this holy Eid with a different flavor in a cautious way. Simple precautions can save you, your family, relatives, friends, and neighbors from the COVID19 pandemic. And, our collective precautions can make the upcoming Eid celebration happier and safer for the whole country. Eid Mubarak!