18 November 2020

Staying safe, having fun and keeping the second wave at bay

Submitted by Moloko Ramashapa
Staying safe, having fun and keeping the second wave at bay

Burt Rodrigues CEO of Biodx gives his insight on staying safe and not getting complacent.

“Within the last week France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, England and Greece have announced strict lockdown restrictions with other countries such as Portugal and Austria imposing partial lockdowns in certain areas. Even lockdown averse countries such as Sweden are tightening restrictions as their government sees mounting COVID-19 cases. So the big question is where does this leave us in SA?

“Do we have some kind of magic mojo that is keeping our numbers down? Was it the early complete lockdown or are South Africans just more compliant than their international counterparts? Whatever the reason for the current low rates, with the holiday season and school holidays looming now is not the time to take our eye off the COVID ball. Crowded beaches, parties and packed restaurants, who are not always able, if not even willing, to stick to COVID-19 requirements, are a recipe for disaster.

“Having said that you can’t help but enjoy the freedom lockdown stage 1 has bought, and this is a good thing, both for mental and physical health. For many going to the shops now feels like a real outing and having a meal at a restaurant with friends again is totally uplifting. But here’s the thing, the virus is still out there and that person sitting behind or in front of you with the wind blowing your way, who just happens to cough or sneeze will infect you. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. We would do well to take advantage of this time, particularly the upcoming holidays to get to level zero and echo what happened in New Zealand!

“The supermarket trolley, the shopper standing just a little too close, the table, chairs and menu in the restaurant that your arms touch are still danger points. Have they been disinfected? Do you carry your own disinfectant? Are you still sanitising or even better regularly washing your hands with soap and water? It’s not up to the government to police you – it’s up to the individual to look after themselves.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that people are still getting infected and deaths are still being reported daily.

The economic effect of a second wave

“If we learn anything from the previous lockdown it’s the devastating effect it took on our economy. Whole family’s livelihoods disappeared overnight. Social media was full of people selling every item of household goods they could just to put bread on the table. Suddenly in a country full of beggars already, this population seemed to double overnight. We simply can’t afford another broad based lockdown.

A simple solution

“Whilst yes, it really feels great to be with family and friends again, do it safely. Keep those distances and wear those masks. Sanitise surfaces and your hands – stay safe and keep South Africa open,“ concludes Rodrigues.

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About Biodx
Biodx is on a journey to reduce society’s dependence on synthetic chemicals. Harnessing the power of biotechnology, we’re breaking boundaries, crossing new frontiers, and helping to evolve the future of disinfection. All towards enabling a better world.

With technical support from the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) as well as financial support from TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) and IDC (Industrial Development Corporation), we’ve spent the last 15 years researching and developing cutting edge antimicrobial and antiviral technologies, proven in field trials to be between 8% and 52% more effective than conventional disinfecting chemicals.

Using a natural citrus extract stabilised with an organic biodegradable compound, which contains no chlorine, ethanol or aldehydes. Non-corrosive and earth-friendly, the formulation, rapidly kills 99.999% of many bacteria species and is also effective against viruses.

Substantiated by NRCS and SABS SANS (636, 1853) certified, Biodx offers a revolutionary active ingredient for formulators of sanitisers and disinfectants supplying contract cleaning, healthcare/medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries.

Biodx has applied for EU BPR registration and subsequently had products submitted for testing and verification to stringent EU NEN standards in the Netherlands. Biodx products conform to the above standards.

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