What To Know & Do About Waterborne Norovirus! 北京多人病毒感染,起因竟是水污染?

August 29, 2019

You might also read the governmental annoucements about the Norovirus in Beijing and concern about the quality of water you are using. We received some inquiries today from clients and would like to share something here to help.  Hopefully this will bring some relief to more people. 

 

你可能也关注到政府部门关于诺如病毒的相关通告,并由此也担忧家中的用水品质。我们关注到了这些报道,并收到了一些用户的咨询。为了帮助更多有疑问或者需求的用户,我们在此分享一些我们了解的内容。

 

It's reported a waterborne disease outbreaks in Chaoyang district, Beijing in the evening of July 12th with 105 people detected for having syptoms of diarrhea until July 14th. Until now, 52 cases are confirmed caused by the Norovirus which may spread through the tap water due to the water tanks in that area are not fully disinfected.

 

据北京朝阳区政府通报,7月12日晚,朝阳区部分小区居民发生腹泻情况。截至7月14日,有腹泻症状的已有105人。其中,截至目前,52件案例检测出诺如病毒。该事件可能由于该区域水箱消毒不彻底而导致的诺如病毒传染。

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Norovirus?

Norovirus is extremely contagious and will result in syptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is common across all different ages and can last up to 2 days. 

 

How does it spread?

Norovirus can spread rapidly through human contact and close interaction with an infected individual. More specifically, you can catch norovirus if you touch an infected surface, had food or drinks that had been prepared by a carrier of the virus, or had been in close contact with an infected individual.

 

It is also quite common to catch Norovirus from foods and water that are contaminated with norovirus. (Ensuring that food is washed using clean filtered water is a good way to prevent this. )

Symptoms

The main symptoms of Norovirus are:

 - Feeling and being sick

 - Diarrhea

 - High fever

 - Headaches and aches in the arms and legs

 How to prevent it?

 -  Wash your hands more. Using hand sanitiser is a good idea, but that should not be a substitution for handwashing.

 -  Pay attention to your surroundings, such as the way food is prepared in a restaurant. Eat the fully cooked food or boiled water if it's tap water. 

 -  Use good drinking water purifiers for the water to drink, cook and clean foods

In the case which the diarrhea outbreak is very related to the waterborne Norovirus, it will be important to use water filters to get rid of the potential virus in the tap water and ensure your health.

 

这次诺如病毒的感染大概率是由水污染导致的,因此,使用净水器去除自来水中的污染物与病毒防止感染是非常必要的一步

 

For those who might use water filters already and don't know if they are effective, or just consider using filters right now and want to know what filters to choose, the following will be helpful.

 

你可能已经在用净水器但是不知道效果怎么样;也可能正在考虑使用但是不知道哪一种是有效果的。甭管你属于哪一种,都可以看看下面的内容。

For Drinking & Cooking Water

饮用及煮饭用水

 

Everyone wants pollutants-free water for drinking and cooking. However, that's not easy to achieve. The carbon filters, ultra filtration ones and ionizers might fail the expectation as the virus is too small for them to remove. To disinfect, some UV light is very needed to use behind these filters. Otherwise, boiling will be needed for the filtered water through these systems. Comparing to them, reverse osmosis systems will be pecfect as RO has a much higher filtration precision which will not let any virus or heavy metals ions go through. The purified water could be used for drinking directly.

 

对于饮用、煮饭用水来说,所有人都使用的水完全无病毒、不含任何重金属。然而,不是每一种净水器都可以达到效果。活性炭净水器、超滤净水器与电解水机等就很难去除病毒。为了应对诺如,对使用这些设备的用户来说,加装一个紫外线杀菌灯是必要的;或者使用RO直饮水机(RO可以100%确保过滤掉水中的重金属、病毒及杂质)。

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It's foreseeable that the government will take actions aiming at disinfecting water fully after this incident. That means more chlorine may be used because it's the main treatment Chinese government take to kill the bacteria and virus in the tap water.

 

这次事件后,可以预见到的是,政府会进行更严格的自来水消毒。也就是说,政府可能会使用更多的余氯消除自来水中的细菌及病毒。

 

Chlorine is  efficient in disinfecting water, however, the excesive chlorine will do harm to human health. The more potentially used chlorine will not just make the water smell strong, and will also cause a lot more people suffering with the below physical symtoms. For these using shower or faucet filters, they might be due in a shorter quicker time: 

 

漂白粉(或氯仿等)是一种消毒自来水很有效的物质,但多余的含量本身对人体也不好。此事件之后可能会用到的更多的漂白粉不但会让水有重的味道,同时还可能会让更多人有以下的头发、皮肤等问题。对已经在用净水器的人来说,滤芯可能会更快更换。

 

 

 Skin problems: 皮肤问题 

 

Chlorine is bad for our skin because it strips it of natural oils and affects the PH balance, resulting in dryness and irritation.

 

余氯会使影响皮肤的酸碱平衡,“赶走”皮肤的必要油性成分,使肌肤过于干燥并导致发痒过敏

 Hair problems: 头发问题 

- Split end 分叉

- Hair loss 掉发

- Dry Hair 干发

For Excessive Chlorine

去除余氯 

 

For the excessive chlorine, some shower&faucet chlorine filters like below are highly recommended. They will not just fix the excessive chlorine, they will also remove rust and other impurities and make the water feel softer to better shower and cleaning experiences. 

 

对于余氯以及余氯导致的问题,我们建议用户使用沐浴、龙头净水器。它们不但会解决余氯,还会去除水质的很多杂质、让水变软,在保护头发、皮肤的同时,大大提升沐浴、清洁体验。

 

Shower & Faucet Water Filters

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Water Test & Consultation

水质检测与上门咨询

 

If you're worried about the water quality, want to know how effecicent your filters work, or seek some choices to improve the water quality, you can contact us today for an appointment. We will arrange a free onsite visit and indoor consultation service for you, listening to your needs, checking the filters and answer your questions.

 

如果你担心家中水质,想了解现有设备的工作情况,或者是咨询一下提升水质的选择,请联系我们预约一次免费的上门服务。我们会安排专业顾问上门听取你的需求、查看你的设备、回答你的问题。

 

 

 

 

 

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