Are you ready for winter vomiting?

Misery is making a full comeback in workplaces this year and could be worse than usual.


The winter vomiting season has now begun. The Swedish Public Health Agency assesses that the spread of infection in the coming months is likely to be particularly strong after almost no infection last year. Media and virologists note the development on a weekly basis and constantly point out the importance of good hand hygiene, which is very important. However, the fact that technology can also be used as a protection and solution in this area is often ignored. There is scientifically proven technology that effectively combats, among other things, calicivirus, which is the root cause of winter vomiting.

Due to restrictions and measures related to the ongoing pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the calicivirus, which is responsible, among other things, for winter vomiting, has had an unusually low rate of spread in recent years.

At the time of writing, the spread of winter vomiting is in full swing and at more normal levels. Both virologists and epidemiologists point out that this year's spread is likely to be particularly severe.

It has previously been noted that the spread of RSV in the fall was at a much higher level than expected in many Western countries. This was due to the fact that more children than usual lacked protection against the disease after last year's lack of spread, which was probably a result of measures taken against the covid pandemic. A similar development may well now occur with regard to winter vomiting.

- 'It could be a worse season than usual,' comments epidemiologist Elsie Ydring of the Public Health Agency of Sweden in an article on winter vomiting in Dagens Nyheter.

Winter vomiting is not a "notifiable disease". Therefore, there are no reliable statistics on how many people seek medical care per year due to calicivirus.

It is therefore important to emphasize that all forward-looking prophecies are based on assessments. No one can know with certainty, not least because people who have had winter vomiting only achieve a very short period of immunity and may suffer from the same disease again soon. Therefore, previous years' milder or more powerful outbreaks do not necessarily have a direct impact on this year's variant.

Nevertheless, calicivirus is notorious for its infectiousness. The virus family has been shown to survive well over a week in the air and is infectious at very low concentrations.

However, there are ways to protect us from airborne viruses. LightAir IonFlow has proven itself in a seven-year study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University. In their published and in-depth report, they have shown how this Swedish-developed technology, among other things, neutralizes calicivirus while it is in the air and thus offers effective protection against the spread of winter vomiting.

This antivirus technology is an important part of the LightAir Health+ offer, which is provided as a service, mainly to offices and schools. The offer has been highly appreciated and just last year was awarded the International Facility Management Association's Nordic Innovation Award.

Read and understand more about how LightAir IonFlow destroys viruses in the air and on surfaces
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