Navigating The 8th COVID Wave In Australia
Australia is currently grappling with the challenges of an 8th COVID-19 wave, marked by new variants and heightened transmission rates. Healthcare professionals are at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, and their safety is paramount. In addition to adhering to recommended safety protocols, incorporating innovative tools into their routine can enhance protection and contribute to the overall well-being of these essential workers.
Air Quality and COVID-19:
The US Environmental Protection Agency has emphasized that when used properly, air purifiers can help reduce airborne contaminants and therefore helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. have emphasized the importance of indoor air quality in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Poor ventilation can contribute to the transmission of viruses through airborne particles.
BST Health is the official distributor in Australia for Smart Air, a range of affordable, powerful and effective air purifiers and air quality monitors.
Smart Air air purifiers come equipped with replaceable HEPA13 filters, designed to efficiently filter out harmful particles, including viruses, providing an added layer of protection for your indoor spaces.
Healthcare Respirators for Personal Protection:
Personal protective equipment, such as healthcare respirator masks, plays a pivotal role in reducing the risk of virus transmission. 3M 1870+ surgical masks protect healthcare professionals by significantly lowering exposure to harmful airborne particles and contaminants. It is also designed to be fluid resistant to splash and splatter of blood and other infectious materials when working with patients in healthcare and aged care settings.
Monitoring Air Quality
Being proactive in monitoring air quality in healthcare settings is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Standalone air quality monitors provide a more accurate reading of air quality, as the data will not be compromised by cleaned air from an air purifier.
Portable air quality monitors, such as those offered by Smart Air, provide real-time data on PM2.5 particles, dangerous gases (tVOC), CO2, temperature and humidity, allowing you to make informed decisions about indoor activities. It also provides information on the outdoor environment, including Air Quality Index (AQI), UV, and the weather forecast. This information is particularly valuable when planning activities for patients are immunocompromised or immunodeficient.
Rapid Antigen Tests for Early Detection
One of the key strategies in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is early detection. Rapid antigen tests are a valuable tool in this regard, offering a quick and convenient way to detect the virus. Combo rapid antigen tests can indicate if the virus is either COVID-19, Influenza A or Influenza B. These tests can be administered even by non-professional healthcare individuals, providing results within minutes and allowing them to take immediate action in the event of a positive result.
BST Health supplies three types of TGA approved COVID-19 self tests:
1. Clungene SARS-COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self Test Kit (Shop Here)
2. TouchBio RSV, Flu A&B, COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self Test Kit (Shop Here)
3. Fanttest COVID-19/Influenza A&B Antigen Self Test Kit (Shop Here)
As Australia faces the challenges of the 8th COVID-19 wave, healthcare professionals can benefit from adopting a comprehensive prevention strategy. Incorporating products like Smart Air air purifiers and air quality monitors, N95 masks, and rapid antigen tests into daily routines can significantly enhance the overall safety of both healthcare professionals and patients. Stay informed, stay protected, and together, we can navigate through these uncertain times with resilience and strength.