Hand Hygiene and Disease Prevention

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  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Direct physical contact with infected people, especially hand shaking, kissing, and sex
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces, food, and water
  • Contact with infected pets, insects, livestock

When it comes to staying healthy, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is the best approach. Prevention includes frequent and thorough hand washing followed by the application of ProtecTeaV Active EGCG Sanitizer to kill the bacteria and viruses and provide more than 4 hours barrier of protection.

EGCG is a natural compound from green tea polyphenols. Research teams, including the US Army, have discovered that EGCG compound kills deadly viruses. Studies published in scientific journals have shown Active EGCG protects human cells from infection of flu, herpes, norovirus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papilloma virus, HIV, even Ebola virus.

International standards for sanitizers to kill viruses must show a 10,000 fold reduction from the polio virus infection test because the polio virus is the hardest to inactivate. Published test results demonstrate only one hand sanitizer meets this standard – PROTECTEAV which contains active EGCG.

ProtecTeaV sanitizer utilizes the patented Active EGCG technology in their formula. NO other sanitizers contain this active EGCG compound.
Common alcohol-based sanitizers rely on alcohol alone to work, but alcohol evaporates in about 15 seconds. Active EGCG Sanitizer has proven to provide up to 4 hours of protective barrier on a clean surface. The Active EGCG kills viruses on contact. This barrier of prevention is the key.

  • Once you are exposed to the virus, there is no getting rid of it. There are measures, however, one can take to minimize the chance of an breakout reoccurring. They include minimizing sun exposure, reducing stress levels, staying healthy and improving your immune system. Avoid physical contact with anyone experiencing an breakout, as the virus is highly contagious. Also avoid sharing personal belongings. It is also recommended to get a new toothbrush to avoid possible recontamination.
  • What products exist to help prevent cold sore breakout? The AverTeaX brand offers a preventative lip balm
  • The AverTeaX Daily Lip Protector has many beneficial properties such as the effective EGCG green tea component also utilized in the AverTeaX Ointment for Cold Sores/Fever Blisters, green tea antioxidants, and a sun protection SPF 30 rating. Not only does it serve as a preventative for cold sores, but moisturizes your lips with effective emollients.
  • The preventative approach not only saves one from the pain and everything else that comes with an breakout, but also lowers the potential risk of infecting those around you.

Five common myths about hand sanitizers:

Source: Georgia Regents University & Health System News

Hand sanitizer with the active EGCG compound can actually protect one from viral infections. “Studies in a number of research journals show us that active EGCG protects human cells from infection of HIV, herpes, norovirus, hepatitis B and C viruses, human papilloma virus, even Ebola, according to recently published antiviral research articles, include the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases ,” said Hsu, a recipient of the 2015 Georgia Bio Innovation Award. “The significance of this technology is the potential to save thousands, if not tens of thousands, of lives from a variety of viral infections.”

“Soap and water are still the best way to clean the skin. When they’re not available, hand sanitizers are a great option,” Hsu said. “Sanitizers work best when your hands aren’t overly dirty or greasy, so if it’s possible, you always want to wash or wipe down your hands first to remove visible grime.” It is recommended to wash thoroughly, dry with a clean towel, and then apply ProtecTeaV Sanitizer for protection for up to 4 hours.

Most sanitizers kill bacteria and some viruses with alcohol, which evaporates in about 15 seconds. “This is fine for immediate cleansing if applied correctly, but it is temporary,” Hsu said. “The key is to provide a long-lasting barrier against viruses. The unique ProtecTeaV® formulation provides a 4 hour barrier by combining alcohol with active EGCG, a compound patented by Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University.”

Most bacteria can be killed by alcohol-based sanitizers, but that is not the case with viruses. In order to effectively kill viruses, the concentration of alcohol must be very high, or about 90 percent, which is dangerously flammable and burns the skin. Most common sanitizers report having between 62% and 70% alcohol content. ProtecTeaV has a 70% alcohol content and is included to kill bacteria. The thorough washing and drying of hands with clean toweling and application of ProtecTeaV Sanitizer with Active EGCG compound serves to kill viruses.

“With norovirus, for example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water frequently to prevent infection instead of relying on alcohol-based sanitizers,” Hsu said. “The rabies and polio viruses are also resistant to alcohol. Compounds to kill these alcohol-resistant viruses are urgently needed. Studies show active EGCG is an excellent candidate to kill viruses on contact.”

“The sanitizer can’t do its job if it isn’t applied properly,” Hsu said. “Put a nickel-sized dollop of the product in the palm of one hand and rub hands together, until the surface of your hands and fingers are coated. Keep rubbing until dry. For the best results, thoroughly wash and dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel before using hand sanitizer, then follow with ProtecTeaV lotion.”

Handwashing and Sanitizing

As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Always wash your hands before:

  • Preparing food or eating
  • Treating wounds, giving medicine, or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
  • Using the toilet or changing a diaper
  • Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Handling garbage, household or garden chemicals, or anything that could be contaminated — such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes
  • Shaking hands with others

In addition, wash your hands whenever they look dirty.

It’s generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Follow these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.
  • Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
  • Lather well.
  • Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Some recommend singing “Happy Birthday” twice or the alphabet song once to ensure the length of time for washing is adequate.
  • Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel.
  • If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.
  • Consider using toweling to wrap around the door handle upon exiting.

For the best results, always thoroughly wash and dry hands before applying the sanitizer.

  • Put a nickel-sized dollop of the product in the palm of one hand
  • Rub hands together, until the surface of your hands and fingers are coated
  • Keep rubbing until dry
  • Follow with ProtecTeaV with Active EGCG Lotion to provide an additional layer of protection
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