HEALTH & HYGIENE

Bacteria exist everywhere but are very small at around 1 micrometre in size (a micrometre is one thousandth of a millimetre)! Most bacteria are helpful, and necessary for the human body to function correctly, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium which live inside our guts and help break down our food. In fact, people have more bacteria cells in their bodies than human cells.

However, some bacteria can cause illnesses in humans, therefore it is important to make sure your home is regularly disinfected, in addition to regular cleaning.

Enterococcus hirae

Wide range of infections, particularly affecting the urinary tract, abdomen, blood, wounds etc.

Escherichia coli (E coli)

Sickness, severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease, Pontiac fever, Lochgoilhead fever.

Listeria

Food poisoning - fever, vomiting, diarrhoea.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Wide range of infections, especially amongst people who are already sick.

Salmonella

Food poisoning - sickness and diarrhoea.

Staphylococcus aureus

From a minor boil or skin abscess to life-threatening infections like septicaemia. MRSA is a strain of bacterium which can cause severe infection.

Viruses are microscopic infectious particles much smaller than bacteria, which cause a number of common illnesses such as flu, chickenpox and the common cold.

There are a number of ways that a virus can be spread from person to person:

  • Direct contact (touch)
  • Exchange of saliva (coughing, sneezing)
  • Sexual contact
  • Contaminated food/water
  • Insects that carry them between people

Once viruses leave the body, they can live on a surface for varying amounts of time depending on the specific virus. They can then be picked up by someone coming into contact with that same surface or object.

The common cold

One of the most common viral infections.
Commonly caused by an adenovirus, coronavirus or rhinovirus.
Infectious from a few days before symptoms appear and for up to 2 weeks after.

Influenza (flu)

Influenza is the virus which causes seasonal flu.
The best way to prevent is a yearly flu vaccine.
Infectious from the day symptoms start for 3-7 days.

Gastroenteritis (stomach bug)

A very common and highly contagious viral infection.
Symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea.
Caused by viruses such as rotavirus and norovirus.

Chickenpox

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, mostly affecting children.
Highly contagious to those who haven’t had the virus or been vaccinated against it.
Spread through direct contact with the rash, coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms last 5-10 days.

Why do I need to disinfect ?

The difference between ...

Concentrated
Disinfectant

KILLS

99.9%

OF BACTERIA AND VIRUSES^,
INCLUDING THE
COVID-19 VIRUS (SARS-CoV-2)~

LEAVES SURFACES

SMELLING

FRAGRANT

FRESH

REMOVES

VISIBLE

DIRT

DOES NOT CUT THROUGH GREASE

REMOVES

THE BACTERIA

THAT CAUSES

ODOURS

STOPS

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ON CLOTHES

AND SPONGES

Disinfecting

Removal of bacteria and virus on the surface

Everyday
Cleaner

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ELIMINATE

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~Zoflora has been laboratory tested and proven to kill the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2), and conforms to the latest British standard BS EN14476:2013+A2:2019 relating to the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants, when used at 1:40 dilution with a 1 minute contact time.

Does Zoflora® kill Coronavirus?

Yes! We can confirm that Zoflora has been laboratory tested and proven to kill the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2), and conforms to the latest British standard BS EN14476:2013+A2:2019 relating to the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants, when used at 1:40 dilution with a 1 minute contact time.

What is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus, which as a group are common across the world. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that can affect the lungs and airways, of which the first case occurred in Wuhan, China.

According to information provided by the Mainland health authorities, symptoms of the cases include:

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

The main mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets, the virus can also be transmitted through contact. Most estimates of the incubation period range from 1 to 14 days, most commonly around 5 days.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Killing germs in your home

There are a number of key areas in your home where bacteria and germs like to hide that can be kept safe and disinfected with Zoflora®. Find out more about killing viruses in your home on our 3 in 1 information page .

Avoid catching or spreading germs

There is no vaccine for this infectious disease at the moment. To prevent pneumonia and respiratory tract infection, members of the public should maintain good personal hygiene at all times and keep both hands clean. When travelling outside Hong Kong, do not touch animals; do not eat game meat; and avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms. After returning to Hong Kong, if you have a fever or other symptoms, wear a surgical mask, consult a doctor promptly and reveal your recent travel history.

For more information, you can visit CHP HK or World Health Organisation.

Can my pet catch coronavirus?

While there have been cases of pets being infected, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. (WHO, 2020)

Zoflora® can be used to kill viruses on many surfaces in your home, including those specific to pets. When using Zoflora® in homes with pets just make sure to exclude pets from the area before use and allow surfaces to dry completely before allowing your pets back into the area.

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