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How Compression Gear Helps You Get Most Out of Your Training

In the last few years, there has been a growing popularity of compression gear – more and more people, both amateurs and professionals, are seen in compression gear during workout classes and various sports activities.  

The compression clothing is designed to be worn before, during, and after workouts or any sports activities to improve blood circulation, reduce soreness, remove toxins, reduce recovery time, and improve performance.

The science behind compression wear is pretty simple. 

The compression gear exerts a tightening force on the muscles and internal tissues of the body. This pressure improves blood flow and helps you in the following ways: 

Minimizes Vibrations in the Muscles

When you jump or run, tiny vibrations run through your muscles. When these vibrations occur repeatedly, they cause microtrauma to the muscles, leading to fatigue and soreness soon after. Compression garments tightly hug your body and keep your muscles in place when you workout, ensuring reduced pain and stiffness. 

Reduces Lactic Acid Formation

When you are exercising, the oxygen and nutrients get depleted from the blood. With less oxygen in the blood, the body starts producing lactate, which is then converted to energy. The excess unused amount of lactate can get accumulated in the extremities and can cause soreness of the muscles. 

Compression clothing uses a graduated tightness that forms a snug fit around the ankle and the feet and gets gradually loose around your core. This graduated compression helps the depleted blood move quickly back to the heart, thereby preventing lactic acid accumulation. 

Eliminates Blisters

A blister can delay your recovery. Compression gear provides targeted padding and is designed to reduce friction and blister formation. 

Regulates Temperature

When you exercise in extreme heat, heat cramps can happen. The cold weather can contract or tighten your muscles. Compression clothing helps in regulating your body temperature – it helps your body to cool down when it’s hot and warm up when it’s cold.

The takeaway

Compression apparel helps prevent strain/sprain, reduce muscle fatigue, give comfort during hot or cold conditions, and provide higher oxygenation levels to your muscles. Plus, it helps to keep your joints well-aligned and your form in top shape, thus reducing the risk of injury. 

If you want to get the most of your training and recover faster, shop for compression clothing here and get back in the game stronger than before. 

10 Ways to Optimize Your Post-Workout Recovery

For many people, the gym is the place where the real magic happens. But in fact, the real magic does not happen in the gym but out of it. When you workout, your body breaks down physically – it breaks the muscle fibers, the connective tissues, and also your immune system. But when you rest, your body recovers and repairs all those damaged muscle tissues and ensures you come back stronger than ever before.

Adopt these ten habits for post-workout recovery to benefit more from your workouts and kick your fitness up a notch.

  1. Wear Compression Clothing

    Compression clothing can be worn during your workout to prevent rashes and chafing. But the real benefit of it is post-workout. Compression clothing is form-fitting garments that help you get rid of pain from muscle soreness and stiffness and also help reduce the time the body takes to repair the muscles.  

    Copper Clothing features copper compression products like copper compression socks, gloves, undergarments, etc. that are infused with copper to help tired and sore muscles recover faster while keeping moisture and microorganisms at bay.

  2. Get Plenty of Sleep

    Good sleep is one of the most effective yet simplest tips for muscle recovery. Make sleep a part of your workout regime and train your body to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

  3. Keep Your Body Well-Hydrated

    If your muscles are dehydrated, they are more prone to getting injured, leading to painful muscle spasms and cramps. If your body is well-hydrated, during and after a workout, it gets rid of toxins and prevents dehydration. 

  4. Eat Healthy Food

    Workouts deplete your energy. If you expect your body to recover faster, you need to replenish the lost energy. Try to eat high-protein foods and carbohydrates within 60 minutes of the end of your workout.

  5. Take Magnesium Supplements

    A body with a low level of magnesium experiences cramping, spasms, and muscle tension. Magnesium boosts your body’s ability to synthesize proteins that help your muscle growth. Take magnesium supplements to speed up the recovery process by promoting proper muscle and nerve function. 

  6. Avoid Overtraining

    If you have been lifting weights and performing high-intensity exercises, it’s important that you take some time off to initiate the muscle recovery phase. The muscle recovery phase is important because it is during this time; your body will rebuild and re-energize your muscles. 

  7. Stretch 

    Stretching is one of the best muscle recovery tips to follow to prevent future injuries. Your muscle tightens as you exercise. Stretching every day, relaxes the muscle stiffness and decreases its soreness the next day. 

  8. Take an Ice/Cold bath

    After an intense workout, have cold water or an ice bath. It instantly reduces muscle soreness and inflammation and helps you recover faster. 

  9. Massage the Sore Muscles

    A massage not only improves blood circulation but also makes you feel good. Foam rollers can be a great help here. Run the foam rollers over your sore muscles when you wake up, before going to bed and before your workout. The rollers increase the blood flow, relax the muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and break up scar tissue and knots. 

  10. Include Light Resistance Exercises at the End of the Workout Session

    Add a few light resistance exercises, such as yoga, walking, swimming, etc. to the end of your workout. This increases your blood flow and the nutrients to the muscles after the training session. It helps remove waste products like lactic acid that can prolong the muscle recovery process, repair the muscles, and refuel faster. 

Listen to What Your Body Wants for a Faster Recovery

If you pay close attention to your body, it will let you what it needs and when it needs it to recover faster.

Get compression clothing for faster post-workout muscle recovery from Copper Clothing. Explore your options here.

Frequently Asked Questions: Copper Infused Face Masks

Why Should You Consider Wearing a Face Mask?

Studies of influenza, influenza-like illness, and human coronaviruses provide evidence that the use of a medical mask can prevent the spread of infectious droplets from an infected person to someone else and potential contamination of the environment by these droplets.

The role of a face mask is to provide a physical barrier to help prevent the spread of infections. This preventative measure is recommended to be used alongside other preventative measures, like hand-washing and social distancing, in order to significantly reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission.

Can I Choose Not to Wear a Face Mask?

The clear answer is YES, but depending on where you live. There are mixed opinions amongst Governments across the world which is causing a great deal of confusion.

Although all government bodies agree that personal protective equipment should be worn by healthcare professionals, the conflicting rules arise when talking about rules for the public to follow.  More than 30 countries, including Germany, China and South Korea, have mandated face coverings outdoors for the public – they have seen it as a critical step especially considering most countries are now planning for a lockdown exit strategy. Although the UK and US government has not yet followed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to follow the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidance that the public should wear cloth masks or other face coverings when they go out.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Face Mask?

The World Health Organisation recommends the following features should be taken into consideration for non-medical masks:

  1. Numbers of layers of fabric
  2. The breathability of material used
  3. Shape of mask
  4. Fit of mask

Why Infuse Copper into a Face Mask?

Copper alloys have been used throughout history as a natural, safe and long term anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral material. There is a substantial amount of scientific and clinical evidence to now showcase the power of copper ions in the fight against infections.

In 1852 Victor Burq discovered those working with copper had far fewer deaths to cholera than anyone else and did extensive research confirming this. In 1867 he presented his findings to the French Academies of Science and Medicine, informing them that putting copper on the skin was effective at preventing someone from getting cholera.

The anti-microbial effect of Copper ions have since been documented, in peer-reviewed published scientific & medical journals, to destroy the HIV-1 (virus) by more than 99.9% in only 20 minutes, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by 99.9% in only 20 minutes, 99.9% of aerosol viruses such as Influenza (H1N1 / H9N2) as well being known to destroy Coronavirus.

Not many people are aware of how much technology has advanced, we are able to now infuse copper ions into various materials including cotton and rubber. Therefore transferring the power of anti-microbial copper into everyday items – making them the first layer of defence for you and your loved ones.

How Many Layers Are There in the Copper Infused KN99 Face Mask?

There are four layers which make up the copper-infused kn99 face mask for maximum protection and comfort.

What is the Role of the First Layer?

The primary layer of cotton is infused with copper ions for anti-bacterial and anti-viral protection. Coronavirus has been reported to live on the outside of medical face masks for up to 7 days. This unique innovation using Copper ions is to help enhance the level of protection and help reduce the risk of spreading the infection that normal face masks (single-use and reusable) cannot provide.

What is the Role of the Second Layer?

The secondary filtration layer is designed to block finer particulate matter for maximum protection. Lab tests conducted on the filtration material highlighted that more than 99% of fine particulate matter was blocked equivalent to KN99 standards. Which is the Chinese equivalent to N99 or FFP3 in the US and Europe respectively.

Surgical Mask Filtration Standards

What is the Role of the Third Layer?

The third layer is made up of a cotton filter lining. The 3D space between them allows superior ventilation and improved moisture absorption.

What is the Role of the Fourth Layer?

The fourth final layer in the Copper KN99 face mask is made of 100% pure, high quality, skin-friendly cotton fabric for comfort.

How Should You Wash the Copper Infused KN99 Face Mask?

It is absolutely imperative to look after the KN99 filtration layer in order to retain the quality and functionality of the mask.

Step 1: Do not use any washing liquid or detergents and most certainly never use a bleach

Step 2: Pour distilled water or boiled water (left to rest for 15 minutes) in a bowl

Step 3: Soak the face mask for at least 5 minutes in the bowl whilst gently massaging, NOT hard rubbing

Step 4: Squeeze out any excess water and lay the mask flat to dry naturally

How Often Should You Wash the Copper Infused Face Mask?

It is advisable to wash your face mask at least once a week but depending on preference can be washed more or less frequently.

How Long Will the Copper Infused Layer Last for?

While the benefits of Copper are known to last the lifetime of the product. Wash tests on copper fabrics indicate only 3 parts per million (0.0003%) of Copper ions are lost after 40 washes highlighting how durable the technology is. This is an extremely negligible amount and highlights the power of copper will not be lost.

It is also important to note that in 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) recognized copper as the first antimicrobial metal, approving the registrations of five different groups of copper alloys as “antimicrobial materials” with public health benefits.

This cannot be said for nano-silver infused products which are being banned by various governmental and public bodies, including the EPA, given the significant negative environmental impact when it leaches into water streams.

How Long Will the Secondary Filteration Layer Last for?

Providing the face mask is properly cared for and looked after, the filtration layer of the mask is expected to work up to 50 washes. The KN99 material filter is the most sensitive part of the mask. Therefore, it is important that you follow the washing instructions carefully for your mask to last.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Mask Management Guidance: 

For any type of mask, appropriate use and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective and to avoid any increase in transmission.

The following information on the correct use of masks is derived from practices in health care settings.

  • Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie it securely to minimize any gaps between the face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Remove the mask using the appropriate technique: do not touch the front of the mask but untie it from behind.
  • After removal or whenever a used mask is inadvertently touched, clean hands using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Replace masks as soon as they become damp with a new clean, dry mask.
  • Do not re-use single-use masks.
  • Discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon removal.

Note: For hygiene and safety reasons, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to process return requests for open and used face masks.

All face masks purchased from www.copperclothing.com can only be refunded if returned unopened, unused, and in original packaging.

Types of Face Masks and How to Use Them

Wearing a face mask may not be an iron-clad guarantee against getting sick. But a mask is effective in capturing droplets, which is the main source of the transmission of the Coronavirus.

If you are in the vicinity of someone who is infected, wearing a mask is the safest way for you to stay protected. In case you have symptoms of the Coronavirus or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can prevent the disease from getting passed on to those around you.

The use of face masks or face coverings is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with careful hand washing and social distancing by the public will help prevent the transmission of the virus and save lives.

With all the information about the kind of masks and what protection you should use to stay safe during the pandemic that’s going around, it is important for you to know what kind of mask will best suit your needs.
Let us understand what all these new face masks / respirator terms mean:

Mask vs Respirator

What is the difference between a face mask and respirator?

  • Masks cover the nose and mouth and are loose-fitting
  • They are designed for one way protection to capture bodily fluids from leaving the wearer

Respirators

  • They are tight fitting masks designed to create a facial seal
  • They have two way protection and filter both the inflow and outflow of air

KN95 vs N95 vs FFP2

The most commonly discussed respirator type is N95. This is an American standard managed by NIOSH – part of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Europe uses two different standards. The “filtering facepiece” score (FFP) comes from EN standard 149:2001. Then EN 143 standard covers P1/P2/P3 ratings. Both standards are maintained by CEN (European Committee for Standardization).

According to 3M documentation

– “it is reasonable to consider China KN95, AS/NZ P2, Korea 1st Class, and Japan DS FFRs as equivalent to US NIOSH N95 and European FFP2 respirators”.

Respirator Standard Filter Capacity (removes x% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter or larger)
FFP1 & P1 At least 80%
FFP2 & P2 At least 94%
KN95, N95 At least 95%
KN99, N99 & FFP3 At least 99%

The three most common types of masks that exist and how they can help.

1. FFP1: 3 ply surgical face masks
These are the most common masks you see around you today. They offer the least filtering of all masks and are used as surgical masks or dusk masks at home. It is important to note that a surgical mask will not prevent the wearer against airborne infections, but are primarily designed to protect vulnerable patients from spreading their germs when coughing, sneezing, speaking.

2. FFP2 / KN95 / N95
These respirator masks have a 94-95% filtration percentage and are mainly used by healthcare professionals for protection against influenzas. Currently, they are used for protection against the Coronavirus.

3. FFP3 / KN99 / N99 and above: The Gold Standard as far as face protection goes
They are effective in preventing droplets of moisture from passing through their filters. If someone who sneezes has a viral infection wearing a KN99 mask, it will provide them protection from spreading the disease to others. This mask is most effective in spreading respiratory diseases.

What extra protection could Copper in a face mask provide?

Copper has been used throughout history as the first layer of protection against bacteria, viruses and fungi. There is a vast amount of research and published evidence globally highlighting the effectiveness of how copper can be used to prevent the next pandemic.

The globally renowned Lancet Medical Journal recently published a report highlighting that the Coronavirus lasted on the outside of a surgical mask for 7 days

Masks made by Copper Clothing infuse copper into the first outer layer of fabric, to help aide stopping the transmission of bacteria and viruses than non-copper face masks. Now if someone sneezes of coughs around you the 99% filter combined with the unique copper outer layer will help protect you from the transmission of germs.

Another recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that the Coronavirus can live on cardboard for 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours, and only up to 4 hours on Copper metal surfaces.

Copper Clothing’s copper-infused fabric is known by studies conducted by Professor Bill Keevil of the University of Southampton, to kill superbugs (MRSA) faster than copper metal itself within the first 30-40 minutes of contact, effectively showcasing the power of copper in everyday products.

Most importantly, unlike other non-copper face masks, the copper-infused masks are completely re-usable and washable making them perfect for long term use. The copper ions are bonded on a molecular level, meaning they are known to last the lifetime of the product.

Note that with all types of face masks it is important to combine with good hand hygiene practices before putting on and taking off the face mask.

Using a face mask is only effective if you know how to use one properly. Here are some tips to do so:

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water before putting on the mask
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there is no gap between your face and the mask.
  3. Avoid touching the mask while using it. If you do touch it, clean your hands with soap and water.
  4. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp.
  5. To remove the mask, remove it from behind, discard in a closed bin and wash your hands with soap and water.

We hope you stay safe, remain indoors, and practice good hygiene to make it safely through this pandemic.

Are You Safe From Coronavirus While Using Public Transport?

The Coronavirus doesn’t respect any boundaries and has a high infection rate. In the wake of the spread of the virus, hygiene in the public transports has come under scrutiny.

The transport hubs were always known to be infection hotspots. Viruses are spread largely via droplets that settle on shared surfaces. People, when they touch these contaminated surfaces contract the virus from their hands to their face and then into their system.

Planes, trains, and buses are perfect environments for viruses like Coronavirus to thrive and spread its diseases.

Pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses are lurking in secrecy in the transport hubs. Some evidence:

  1. Tubes and Trains

    A research study published in BMC Infectious Diseases found that people using public transport in densely populated cities during flu outbreaks were up to six times more likely to catch an acute respiratory infection. Those most susceptible were people who commute for long hours or use busy interchange stations. This is mainly because these people come into contact with more shared surfaces than other people.

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    It was also found that boroughs with fewer tube stations tend to have higher infection rates, as these stops are more crowded than others.

  2. Airports

    In 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic infection spread across borders through ships and ports. Today, airports are responsible for turning a local epidemic into a global pandemic.
    Surprisingly, the highest risk areas in airports are security checks. The University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare published a study that found almost 50% of the plastic luggage trays at security checks were hotbeds for germs that can cause at least one respiratory disease such as influenza or a common cold.

    These trays were found to have more germs than the airport toilets. This shouldn’t be surprising because these trays are shared by people, thousands of times over and they are seldom washed. Over time, they collect detritus from people’s belongings and pockets and are host to some of the deadliest microorganisms.

    A study published in BMC Infectious Diseases journal found the following airport areas to present a higher risk of catching a viral infection:

    • armrests of seats in the waiting area
    • chip and pin paying machines at airport pharmacies
    • handrails on escalators
  3. Buses and Trams

    In 2011, BMC Infectious Diseases conducted a study that revealed that people using buses and trams for their daily commute are exposed to almost six-fold increased risk of developing an influenza-like infection during flu season. Another study in Houston conducted in the same year found that commuters who spend more than an hour a day on the bus are eight times more likely to contract TB.

With Coronavirus threatening to run riot in the world, here’s how you can keep yourself safe from the scourge while travelling in public transport.

  • Coronavirus is large in size with a cell diameter of 400-500 micro. Any mask can prevent its entry into your system. So, wear masks while travelling.
  • The virus does not remain suspended in the air for long. It eventually settles down on the ground. When it falls on a metal surface such as a doorknob or handrails, it can survive for 12 hours. A simple routine of washing your hands with soap and water as soon as you reach your destination after exiting from public transport can kill the virus.
  • When Coronavirus falls on the fabric like fabric seats, clothes, etc. it remains alive for 9 hours. Being exposed to the sun for two hours or washing your clothes after your travel can kill the virus.
  • The Coronavirus lives on the hands for 10 minutes. While travelling and also otherwise, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t even bite your nails. A good hand rub of an alcohol sterilizer can kill the virus. Make sure to keep a hand sanitizer in the pocket when travelling. A hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 75%+ is more effective in killing the virus. Wearing hand gloves can also help in preventing the virus from entering your system. Copper-infused gloves can give you better protection from the virus.
  • The virus thrives in cold regions but is killed when exposed to a temperature of 26-27 ° C. So, drink hot water and be exposed to the sun whenever possible. Avoid eating ice cream and eating raw or uncooked food.
  • Avoid sitting next to a passenger who shows signs of cold, such as coughing and sneezing.
  • As a habit, check your seat before you sit down. Avoid sitting in a seat that is visibly soiled. Ask the attendant to assign another seat to you.

How Could Copper Infused Gloves Protect You From Coronavirus

When you hold the doorknob or the subway pole with hand gloves on, the germs prevalent on the surfaces are transferred to your gloves instead of your skin. This provides temporary insulation from the live virus, bacteria or fungi. But when you touch the outside of your glove with your fingers or mouth, these organisms can travel into your system. You can prevent this from happening if you substitute your regular hand gloves with copper-infused gloves.

There are many published peer-reviewed scientific journey to show copper material has the ability to destroy 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and viruses within minutes upon contact. How?

  • Upon contact, copper ions rupture and penetrate the cell wall.
  • Once inside the cell, the copper ions attack the microbe’s DNA, inactivating it and then eventually killing it.
  • This is why global anti-microbial research indicates that copper could be used in the battle against anti-microbial resistance, as the microbe is not able to build resistance

In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of viricidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by a specialist viral Laboratory of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The viricidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the viricidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

In summary, the difference observed between the materials tested is based on the inactivation process during the 10-minute drying process (reduction factor of 3.94 log of the treated Copper material and 1.13 log of the untreated material)

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

 

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Can copper-infused fabric destroy Coronavirus?

Studies and peer-reviewed publications around the world are highlighting the virucidal properties of Copper materials.

Copper Clothing Limited, is a company that incorporates anti-microbial copper formulations into fabrics, such as beds, bed sheets, socks, masks, gloves, pyjamas, etc., and sells them to consumers. In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of viricidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by a specialist viral Laboratory of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The viricidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the viricidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

In summary, the difference observed between the materials tested is based on the inactivation process during the 10-minute drying process (reduction factor of 3.94 log of the treated Copper material and 1.13 log of the untreated material)

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

Log Results Explained:

copper fabrics are antimicrobial

Copper has been used throughout history for its anti-microbial properties. Copper Clothing had one of its fabrics, that is used to make our bed wear, tested using the University of Southampton which resulted in a 6.7 log reduction against MRSA. For example, if 1,000,000 MRSA bacteria came in to contact with Copper material, only 1 bacteria would survive, This is what we call a reduction of 99.9999%

Copper fabrics are known to be antimicrobial and could be used in everyday products to destroy any bacteria and viruses as there have been recent tests to show it destroys, HIV Virus, Influenza Virus and Coronavirus

 

All About Coronavirus: Can Copper Help

According to the New York Times, China’s Health Commission reported 361 deaths nationwide due to the 2019-nCoV outbreak as of Feb 2, 2020, which is a type of Coronavirus. The Coronavirus outbreak is very serious. It’s not just China’s problem anymore; it has captured the world’s attention. The Coronavirus is detected in other countries prompting the Chinese government to quarantine, Wuhan, the world’s seventh-largest city.

The virus spreads via aerosol and direct contact. The latest reports also indicate that the ocular route is a key mechanism for infection. This has sparked new interest in copper-infused clothing, which has shown promising results in killing the virus.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. This virus is known to infect people to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe ones such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new strain of the Coronavirus that causes severe respiratory diseases and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.

What are the common symptoms of Coronavirus?

Coronavirus can cause mild symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose, fever, and cough. It can be severe or even fatal in some people, leading to pneumonia, difficulty in breathing, and death.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus infections?

While there is much to learn about how Coronavirus affects people, the following appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus:

  • Older people
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • People living or travelling in an area where the Coronavirus is circulating
  • People who have recently travelled from abroad or who have been in close contact with those travellers.
  • Health workers who are responsible for taking care of people who are infected with Coronavirus.

How are Coronavirus infections diagnosed?

Doctors analyse the patient’s respiratory specimens and the serum isolated from the blood to test for Coronavirus infections. Although diagnostic tests for the novel Coronavirus are being developed, its accuracy and specificity for the virus are not yet verified. Once that’s confirmed, these diagnostic kits will be available in the healthcare facilities worldwide.

What are the treatments for Coronavirus infections? Can Coronavirus infections be prevented?

There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat Coronavirus. However, people infected should receive optimised supportive care to relieve and treat symptoms.

How to protect yourself from getting infected with the Coronavirus

    • Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use an alcohol-based hand rub to eliminate the virus if it is present on your hands.
    • Maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet or 1 metre between yourself and other people, especially from the ones with cold symptoms. A person infected with Coronavirus can project small droplets of the virus when they sneeze or cough, and if you are too close, you can easily breathe in the virus.
    • If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, seek medical help immediately. Let your healthcare know if you have travelled from abroad or have been in close contact with someone who is from abroad or has been to abroad and is suffering from respiratory symptoms. It’s essential to get prompt medical attention if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands touch many things or surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If the contaminated hands touch your eyes, mouth, or nose, the virus can be easily transmitted into your system. In order to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, one could wear copper-infused gloves or copper-infused masks.

Can copper-fabrics destroy viruses? 

Copper has been known for its anti-microbial powers for more than a century. Now, technology allows the metal to be woven into fabrics.

In many published medical journals, it has been shown and proven that copper fabrics can and do destroy HIV-1 (virus) by more than 99.9% in only 20 minutes, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by 99.9% in only 20 minutes, 99.9% of aerosol viruses such as Influenza (H1N1 / H9N2) as well being known to destroy Coronavirus.

It can, says a study conducted by Dr. Brill and Dr. Steinmann

Copper Clothing Limited, in 2014, funded research to test the effectiveness of virucidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus immediately after the MERS (the MERS coronavirus) deaths in the Middle East. The test was conducted by an independent specialised virology lab in Germany. The virucidal activity of the copper material was evaluated and compared against the virucidal activity of the non-copper material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

Key thought leaders in the scientific world are appealing for the use of Copper to be the future of preventative care.

 

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Sleepless Dog? Here’s How You Can Help Man’s Best Friend

A man’s best friend can’t be at its best behaviour if it can’t get its prerequisite hours of sleep. If your dog is not getting its required sleep of the night, chances are it is showing symptoms that indicate loss of sleep.

The symptoms that your dog could be suffering from lack of sleep are – Whiny, restless and a hyper-energetic dog coupled with loud barking. Sleeplessness can be because of various types of sleeping disorders. Some of them are as follows:

  • Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that is characterised by the problem of falling asleep and staying asleep. Dogs get insomnia due to issues like health problems, anxiety, and depression.
  • Narcolepsy is a disorder of the nervous system where the pet falls asleep when physically active, then wakes up and proceeds as if nothing has happened.
  • Dog Sleep Apnea is caused when your dog snores a lot because of breathing issues.
  • REM Behaviour Disorder is when dogs try to kick their legs in the air when they are asleep. In severe cases, they run into walls, bite, bark or growl in their sleep. This makes them tired and low on energy throughout the day.

Here are some tips on how to help dogs sleep better:

  1. Set up a routine

    Set a routine for your pet. Try and give them meals at a set time. Take them for a walk at a particular time of day so that your dog can take care of their business at a consistent hour. Keep the bedtime as relaxed as possible.

  2. Ensure that your dog gets enough exercise

    Make sure your dog has a comfortable environment to sleep in and make sure it is not on your bed. Instead, invest in good quality copper pet beds that are hygienic, comfortable and durable.
    A copper pet bed has the benefits of copper, which aid in fighting pathogens and is also anti-inflammatory. Dog beds like these are also comfortable enough for your dog to catch some much-needed sleep.

  3. Make your pet’s sleeping environment comfortable

    Make sure your dog has a comfortable environment to sleep in and make sure it is not on your bed. Instead, invest in good quality copper pet beds that are hygienic, comfortable and durable.
    A copper pet bed has the benefits of copper, which aid in fighting pathogens and is also anti-inflammatory. Dog beds like these are also comfortable enough for your dog to catch some much-needed sleep.

  4. If nocturnal pests bother your dog, get pest control done

    Your dog has a sharpened sense of hearing, and this means that your dog will hear noises that humans can’t hear.
    So if your dog wakes up at the slightest sound and starts whining and pacing around the house, then most likely, it is some nocturnal animal living under your house that has got your dog all excited.
    These animals may include mice, bats, raccoons, squirrels and opossums. Have a pest control service done to get rid of these nocturnal creatures to help your dog sleep better.

  5. Consult a vet to rule out any underlying medical condition and to treat sleeplessness

    If your dog is struggling to sleep at night despite taking all these remedial measures, then it is best to take your dog to the vet to rule out any medical cause to the changes in your dog’s sleeping pattern.
    In the worst case scenario, you can ask your vet for sleeping pills. Melatonin can help your dog sleep better and as a result help in combating issues like anxiety and phobia.

Have patience when you are dealing with your dog and try to understand what’s causing its sleep to disrupt. Just remember not to lose your temper if your dog starts barking in the middle of the night and doesn’t let you sleep. A little bit of care can go a long way when it comes to keeping your dog healthy and safe.

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A Guide To Keep Your Dog Smelling Its Best

Are you a proud dog parent, and worried about your dog’s health? Because of late you have been noticing that your dog smells bad. Read on to figure out why your dog could be smelling weird.

Reasons Why Your Dog Could be Smelling Bad

  • Ear Infection

Does your dog have smelly ears? The reason behind the smell can vary on how bad the smell is. A mildly smelly dog may mean nothing more than the fact that your dog needs its ears cleaned. But a stronger dog odour which can be recognised from a distance could mean that your dog has an ear infection and it needs to see the vet to treat it. Generally, ear infections get worse and smell worse the longer they persist.

  • Yeast Infection

The most common symptoms of a yeast infection are stinky, itchy paws and ears. The smell is very pungent and musty, and the odour can be compared to mouldy bread or corn chips.
The root cause of a yeast infection is poor quality food, a raw diet, or a diet low in carbohydrates. Having a healthy diet coupled with a visit to the vet can take care of the bad dog odour.

  • Bad Breath

Like in human beings, bad breath in dogs is because of the presence of odour-producing bacteria in the mouth.
This might seem harmless at first, but it can lead to a more dangerous situation where the infection can creep into the dog’s respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or internal organs.
Bad breath can also be a result of dental problems like dental infections, periodontal disease and build-up of tartar. Diseases like diabetes, kidney or liver diseases can also cause your dog to have bad breath.

  • Skin Issues

Dogs are vulnerable to skin diseases. If a dog is suffering from kidney disease, it can expel uremic waste and salts through the skin. This can make the dog’s skin extremely itchy, and smell like urine. If your dog is on medication, it can also be a reason for the nasty skin odour.
One of the most common conditions that affect a dog is canine seborrhea. This condition causes greasiness of the skin and hair. This can lead to a secondary infection of the skin resulting in bad smell.

  • Anal Glands

Anal glands are small secretory glands on both sides of a dog’s rectum and an essential part of the dog’s anatomy. Normally healthy glands do not smell bad, but if they are emitting a foul, fishy odour, you should consult the vet immediately.

  • Gas Attacks

Excessive gas attacks in your dog are not typical. If your dog has a constant problem of gas that has a foul, putrid smell, it might be a problem. Visit the vet to treat the gas problem.

Tips to Help Your Dog Smell Better and Stay Healthy

  • Dog Food

Good quality dog food can make a world of difference, not only to the way your dog smells but also to your dog’s overall well-being. Good quality food deals with your dog’s bad smell and also help improve its overall immunity. Gradually add fruits and vegetables to your dog’s diet to ensure that your dog eats healthier foods.

  • Dog Wipes/Baby Wipes

Use the wet wipe as a dog odour remover on the fur and paws. You can also use wet wipes for cleaning your dog’s smelly bum when you are travelling.

  • Brush

Brushing gets rid of dead skin cells, dried saliva, dirt and other things in your dog’s fur. Brushing your dog goes a long way to decrease dog odour between baths.

  • Bedding

You need to make sure that you wash your dog’s bedding items regularly. Get copper pet bed for your dog to make sure the bad odour stays at bay. The copper in copper pet beds and beddings is known to be anti-microbial in nature. It kills the bad odour-inducing microorganisms and helps your dog sleep well and smell better.

  • Exercise

The more your dog runs around, and jumps around, the less will be the flatulence. An active dog also has better immunity. And that makes it less vulnerable to infections that smell bad.

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5 Levels of Compression – Finds Out Which One Fits You

Compression socks can work best to remedy the symptoms of fatigue, swelling and muscle soreness in feet and legs.

When you’re going to buy compression socks, there’s a graduated difference in the compression level according to your ailment.

The thumb rule is that the more severe the symptoms, the higher the compression.

Here are the levels of compression:

Medical Level Millimeters of Mercury (mmHg)/

Level of Support

Levels of Compression
Medical Grade 1 8 to 15 mmHg mild compression
Medical Grade 2 30 to 40 mmHg extra-firm compression
Medical Grade 3 40 to 50 mmHg prescription-level compression

Mild Compression (8 to 15 mmHg)

If you have tired achy legs, then compression socks with a mild compression level are perfect for you. These socks can be used by people who have to stand or sit for long periods.
At this compression level, pressure socks can help with regulating blood circulation. Compression socks of this medical grade can also be worn as a preventive measure.

Moderate Compression (15 to 20 mmHg)

People with symptoms like oedema (mild swelling, enlarged lower legs) and decreased skin elasticity can wear socks with a moderate compression level.

These socks can also help prevent the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins during pregnancy. Varicose veins are veins under the skin of the legs, which become widened the twisted.

People who travel frequently can help get relief from their aching legs with the help of compression socks of this medical grade.

Firm Compression (20 to 30 mmHg)

Patients suffering from deep vein thrombosis, a more severe case of varicose veins, elevated venous insufficiency can use these socks as a remedy to their pain.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg. Elevated venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the wall of a vein, or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs.

Pressure socks of this compression level are designed for endurance sports like skiing, running, hiking and great for post-workout recovery.

Extra-Firm Compression (30 to 40 mmHg)

Extra-firm compression is best for chronic pain that can accompany severe oedema and extreme cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Pressure socks of this compression level are only used under medical supervision.

Prescription-Level Compression (40 to 50 mmHg)

Compression socks of this level of compression are prescribed for patients with an extreme case of varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).