Research for infection protection

SARS-CoV-2: The AHA effect for summer holidays and the start of school

Numbers of new SARS-CoV-2 infections in several countries decrease steadily and previous restrictions are alleviated. However, some preventive measurements to confine the pandemic, such as the AHA formula in Germany, will certainly be around with us for a long time to come. The AHA formula –familiar to all Germans by now– stands for physical distancing (German: Abstand), hygiene (German: Hygiene) and face masks (German: Alltagsmasken). These measures are intended to prevent or limit new outbreaks even as restrictions relax. Since end of 2020, vaccination and testing complement these measures. And hopes are high that they will get us safely through the summer months. Of course, this assumes that the summer holidays don’t make everyone lose their heads and that they maintain the changes to their own behaviour even when travelling. Along with physical distancing and face masks, good hand hygiene remains essential – both at home and when on holiday. Particularly when travelling, running water and soap are not always available, which is why a hand disinfectant with limited spectrum of virucidal activity of activity should always be packed (and kept on hand!). As an additional measure, certain surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected, particularly high-touch areas such as door handles or grab poles, light switches, toilet seats and taps.

 

Where can we go for our holidays?

With COVID-19 cases decreasing, European travellers are permitted to take their holidays in a number of EU and Schengen countries in principle, but current developments may change this at any time. Current information about which countries can be visited again and where there are still restrictions due to coronavirus is always available at the website of the national foreign offices such as the German Foreign Office and German Federal Government for Germany respectively. Travellers should inform themselves in detail about the current situation in the destination country, also regarding any requirements for quarantine, vaccination or testing - not only when booking but also immediately before departing for their holiday.

 

Back to school: A new start after the school holidays not only for new students

Since April 23rd, the new Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz) is harmonising the situation in German schools. Schooling concepts, such as classroom teaching or alternating classes, are now linked to a certain incidence. Presence lessons can only take place with regular antigen testing. Moreover, schools continue to comply with the applicable hygiene concepts. To support both teachers and students, we are providing guides to download, written appropriately for each target group, about how to correctly wash and disinfect hands – for teachers, for (older) students and for young students/children. These can be printed out in colour or black and white on ecological friendly paper and used as posters or flyers.


Skin care in the time of the pandemic

In the urge to wash hands, it should not be forgotten that only intact skin can be effectively disinfected. To keep the body’s natural barrier intact despite frequent hand washing, the skin must be well protected and nourished. We therefore recommend – particularly in the current situation but also outside times of pandemic – specially coordinated skin care products and provide you with a detailed guide Protection & care for your hands as a poster download.