Rain, Rain – go away,
Come again another day.
ALL THE FAMILY wants to play.
Rain, rain – go away.
The summer is already gone. We are now, unbelievably approaching the Ber months. *gasps* Rainy season is finally here—and along with it, the flu season is marching on. I remember two years ago, it was the third week of the month of December, all of us are down with the flu including the kids. The only hyper (with cold but without the fever) is Kulayot because he’s the only one with a flu vaccine.
Some, including first time parents (me, back then) tend to think that maybe flu is just a passing sickness of the season. But lo and behold, flu season can struck down weak immunity to the bed or with serious, even life-threatening respiratory diseases along side gastro-digestive illnesses.
We’ve been unlucky for we have come down – the entire family with it, so aside from the religious annual flu vaccine, complete monthly check up and vacc we safeguard ourselves with right knowledge to keep our family’s best defense system up and running against sickness like influenza and diarrhea.
Surprisingly, these deadly diseases and annoying nuisances like allergies and acne can be prevented and avoided just by proper washing of hands!
I love watching the rain pour down and I embrace the cooler weather with a hot cup of brew in my palm every stormy afternoon – and a movie or a book in mind. But let’s face it, living in the tropics means ushering in more fickle weather, tirik na init ng araw mula umaga hanggang tanghali (scorching heat from the sun from morning to noon) and malakas na buhos ng ulan sa hapon hanggang gabi (heavy downfall from noon to night). This is the perfect combination we need to create weak immunity and a ground for spreading common flu viruses and germs that we don’t usually know we’re sharing with our loves one with – especially the more vulnerable members to get sick – the kids and the seniors.
Ottoke? (What to do?)
Due to the uncontrollable weather outside, most people tend to stay inside their houses in the hopes of being safe, dry and protected from the season’s threats – especially those with toddlers in tow. We even sing “Rain, Rain Go Away!” whenever the kids are up for it.
However, staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean that you are safe from all the germs and the illnesses that go with it. Did you know that many objects inside our home are actually germ infested? What’s worse, some germs find humid weather an ideal environment to grow even faster!
Did you know? Germs can cause flu and long-term nuisances like bacne and allergies.
#Dabibot ready than ever to debunk germ myths and handshake his lab partners!
Safeguard Philippines invited mommy bloggers and their chikitings for a fun science adventure at Ascott Hotel in BGC.
#Kulayot armed and ready for a fun-filled afternoon of learning the science behind proper hand washing and bathing with Safeguard!
We wore laboratory gowns and safety googles before we enter the premises of live germs and bacteria. We were first introduce by having a presentation of Safeguard’s 50 years of history in the Philippines including its active socio-community programs to help people especially children to learn the habit and the benefits of proper frequent hand washing in partnership with different local government units and associations like – PAMET.
Dapat Itama Ang Maling Akala
PAMET Community Program includes reinforcement of the importance of handwashing with Safeguard through their community based POME program.
Maling Akala to debunk: It looks clean, therefore, it is clean.
Experiment Number 1: Quantifying an actively growing microorganisms through detection of Adenosine Triphothate or ATP, a universal energy molecule found on all living things. Using an ATP Measuring Device. Microbiologist and Researcher, Mr. Gabriel of PAMET swabbed the table top of the House of Safeguard and place the cotton bud upside down inside the device.
Basically, the higher the number in the ATP Device, the higher the contamination is present.
The Result: 130,000 on the table tops and 200,000 on the T&B door knob.
The Verdict: They looked clean but they have contamination. These is where we touch germs, and spread them. We need Safeguard!
Maling Akala: Mild soap is gentler than Safeguard.
Experiment Number 2: Gemologist, Ms. Ong test two clear marbles and washed one with Safeguard body wash and the other with “milder” Brand X.
The result? When rinsed, Safeguard marbles are clearer than Brand X.
The Verdict: Safeguard is effective in cleaning dirt but is more easily washed with water and hence will not linger in the skin – no to allergy and dry flaky skin! Safeguard wins!
Maling Akala: Safeguard is rough on germs and skin.
Experiment Number 3: Kulayot and I picked two petal roses and tore it to three pieces. Then we covered it with Safeguard, the other petal with Brand X.
The result? Few moments later, the edges of the Safeguard soaked petals are still white while the edges of the “gentle” Brand X darkened.
The Verdict: Safeguard is tough on germs but gentle on the skin. Safeguard wins!
Did you know? People susceptible to common diseases are:
Adults age 65 and older.
Children under 5, especially children under 2 years of age.
Residents of long term care facilities like foster homes, rehabilitation centers, and nursing
People who have pre-existing health conditions that are considered chronic i.e. asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, and others.
The first and one of the most important steps you can take to prevent the flu is for you, your family, and friends to get a yearly flu shot (vaccination). I’ve been a living testimony for this as mentioned above.
According to HealthNetwork.com, some additional precautions you can take to prevent getting or spreading the flu:
- Avoid contact with people who’re sick and if you’re sick try to keep your distance from others to avoid spreading your germs to them.
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home from work or school if you’re sick with the flu to prevent spreading it to others.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes because your hands may contain flu germs you’ve picked up from touching surfaces in your home or in public that are contaminated with flu germs.
- Disinfect frequently touched areas and commonly used items in your home, school and workspace, in particular if someone is ill with flu or cold symptoms.
- Get proper rest and exercise.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
- Try to minimize your stress level, especially if the flu is making its rounds in your home, school, or workplace.
- If you’re sick with the flu it’s not too late to get a flu shot, it may lessen the flu symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, water, and friction when rubbing them together while washing.
Wash Regularly with Safeguard
Rainy season always comes with germs because there’s flooding, hello fatal leptospirosis! Rain washes everything and carry along with it acid from the evaporated chemicals and smogs and lots of germs as well, hence, this can also means cough, colds and flu right on your footsteps, and door handles and table tops!
Did you know? 9 out of 10 Filipinos use Safeguard at least once every year.
Safeguard started in the US in 1966 and since then offers different variants bars, body wash, liquid hand soap, foaming hand soap in all kinds of scents and for 50 years, it became a Filipino family’s favorite shield against germs and infections.
These wrong assumptions or “maling akala” that you have may cause your family diseases that may worsen if not taken seriously. Your best bet is to make your family’s health a top priority during these months. So what’s your game plan to keep everyone protected from it?
- Be brave and get those flu shots
While it won’t be a hundred percent effective at blocking the flu virus, it can help boost your protection from it significantly. Studies have shown that it has helped lower hospitalization rates among children. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure that you don’t have any existing allergies to the shot before taking it.
- Say to NO to junk!
The rainy season takes a major toll on the body’s immune system. Load up on fruits and vegetables that are known for their ability to boost the immune system is essential. Adding more citrus and greens to your diet can help and is a simple, preventive measure that helps you maintain a stronger immune system.
- Catch more Zzz’s
Another culprit known for bringing your immune system down? Lack of sleep. Try to get at least 6 hours every night. Not only will your immune system thank you for it, you’ll also feel more energized.
- Make it a habit to keep those hands clean
“Typhoons and heavy rains may cause flooding which, in turn, can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne diseases, or diseases transmitted through water contaminated with human or animal waste. These include typhoid fever, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A.” mentioned by Department of Health in a recent statement. These diseases may be obtained by having close contact with person who is infected or being in a contaminated environment. These illnesses may even be deadly but can be prevented with proper handwashing using the right antibacterial soap.
To lower your risk of infection, the solution is simple: wash your hands. Use warm water whenever possible, and use an antibacterial soap known for its ability to provide advanced and long lasting protection against germs, like Safeguard. Safeguard is equipped with GermShield+ technology which Fights against 3 types of germs-Gram+ bacteria, Gram- bacteria, and fungi and prevents microbial regrowth for up to 24 hours.
Scrub and lather well, washing the top and bottom of your hands, between fingers and even under your nails. Avoid drying your hands using a shared hand-towel. Instead, use paper towels or a hand dryer.
Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)
Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180 ml (P 48.00)
Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)
Safeguard Germ Defense Lab on Wheels includes a TV for TVC Showing. A UV Light Box that shows microscopic germs and reminds that germs are everywhere. They can be a threat to your family but that you can fight back and win just by incorporating a good habit of washing your hands with Safeguard. The Safeguard Mobile Lab also has a handwashing sink. And a board that explains why only Safeguard, as the word itself, can safeguard you to his disease inducing germs, bacteria and viruses. Bakit nga ba?
Hugas hugas ating kamay. ‘Pag may Safeguard, germs bye bye!