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Polyethylene glycol (PEG Allergy) as a cause of anaphylaxis

Polyethylene glycol (PEG Allergy) as a cause of anaphylaxis

Disclaimer: This article is intended for people who have concerns about PEG Allergies and who need to safeguard their health and that of their families. It is NOT intended for those who are anti-vaccine and as such is NOT intended to adopt a discussion on the merits of vaccines on this blog. It is also NOT intended as an invitation for a discussion of the lethality of COVID-19 or the need for civic action to limit the spread of the disease.

Adverse Reactions.

I wrote my concerns about the adverse effects of having the Covid Vaccine in a previous article, I have since read further medical concerns which I will publish along with all the fact checking citations.

People who have had a severe PEG Allergy in the past are advised to talk to a health professional before taking the vaccine.

The link to my previous article is below:

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a cause of anaphylaxis

Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) or macrogols are polyether compounds and are widely used as additives in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food.

PEGs are also used in everyday products such as toothpaste and shampoo as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture carriers, and they’ve been used as a laxative for decades. An increasing number of biopharmaceuticals include PEGylated compounds as well.

According to the MIT, PEGs are basically tiny, greasy spheres that are used in COVID vaccines to protect the active ingredient (mRNA) and help it penetrate cells. It is within cells that the mRNA can go to work priming the immune system.

PEGs have also been confirmed to cause allergic reactions in rare cases, but how rare is not known.

PEG-2000 is an ingredient used in both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. If the compound is found to be the cause of the six allergic reactions to date, it will help the CDC hone their guidance further by narrowing the list of those that should not receive the vaccine.

Instead, CDC guidelines recommend not giving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine. For people who have had a severe reaction to another vaccine or injectable medication, the risks and benefits of vaccination should be carefully weighed, CDC says.

Patients with undiagnosed PEG allergy often have a history of immediate onset-unexplained anaphylaxis or anaphylaxis to multiple classes of drugs or an unexplained anaphylaxis. Such individuals should not be vaccinated with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, except on the expert advice of an allergy specialist. The AstraZeneca vaccine can be used as an alternative (unless otherwise contraindicated), particularly if they previously tolerated an injected influenza vaccine. The vaccine should be administered in a setting with full resuscitation facilities (e.g. a hospital), and a 30 minute observation period is recommended.

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fil-ax-is) is a severe and often sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when someone with allergies is exposed to something, they are allergic to (known as an allergen). Reactions usually begin within minutes and rapidly progress but can occur up to 2-3 hours later.

What are the causes of anaphylaxis?


The common causes of anaphylaxis include foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, sesame seeds and kiwi fruit, although many other foods have also been known to trigger anaphylaxis. Some people can react to tiny amounts of food, although this rarely causes a very severe reaction. Non-food causes include wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), and certain drugs such as penicillin. In some people exercise can trigger a severe reaction – either on its own or in combination with other factors such as food or drugs (for example, aspirin).

Anaphylaxis-The-Facts-Feb-2019

Polyethylene glycol side effects:

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression.

  • irritation of the rectum
  • a sleep disorder
  • excessive thirst
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • abdominal bloating
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • intense abdominal pain
  • upper abdominal pain

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • low amount of phosphate in the blood
  • low amount of calcium in the blood
  • high amount of calcium in the blood
  • an increased sodium level in the blood
  • low amount of sodium in the blood
  • acidosis, a high level of acid in the blood
  • high levels of potassium in the blood
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • hives (My daughter had hives after her first vaccine and contrast dye)
  • high amount of uric acid in the blood

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • indigestion
  • headache
  • runny nose

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • high blood pressure
  • atrial fibrillation
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • a feeling of throat tightness
  • rapid onset of fluid in the lungs
  • a puncture, tear or hole in the esophagus
  • a type of stomach irritation called gastritis
  • insufficient blood supply to the colon
  • bleeding from stomach, esophagus or duodenum
  • decreased kidney function
  • fainting
  • seizures
  • muscle tremors
  • a skin rash
  • fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • puffy face from water retention
  • swelling of the tongue
  • trouble breathing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • ulceration of the colon
  • lip swelling
  • fast heartbeat
  • asystole, stopping the heart

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • skin inflammation
  • dizziness
  • heart throbbing or pounding

European anaphylaxis-registry with currently 7935 registered anaphylactic cases only three were induced by macrogol. These findings may imply that polyethylene glycol hypersensitivity is potentially life-threatening but probably underdiagnosed as many drugs and food items contain macrogol. Handling patients with macrogol hypersensitivity can be challenging because of the extensive allergologic work up, the necessity of the physician’s expertise and the limited avoidance options because many drugs, including those used for the treatment of allergic reactions such as antihistamines may contain macrogol as an additive. Therefore, specific product labeling and awareness is required. Patients should be educated about drugs which may contain PEGs, but also other products like lubricants or ultrasound gels. An increased patient and physician awareness to the allergic potential of macrogol must be discussed before taking the Covid Vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns:

If you have had a severe allergic reaction—also known as anaphylaxis—to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should not get vaccinated.*

*If you have had a severe allergic reaction to other vaccines or injectable therapies, ask your doctor if you should get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Your doctor will help you decide if it is safe for you to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

PEG-2000 is an ingredient used in both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. If the compound is found to be the cause of the six allergic reactions to date, it will help the CDC hone their guidance further by narrowing the list of those that should not receive the vaccine. https://snacksafely.com/2020/12/what-we-know-about-peg-suspected-as-the-cause-of-reactions-to-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-17118/polyethylene-glycol-3350-oral/details/list-sideeffects

https://aacijournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13223-016-0172-7

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/suspicions-grow-nanoparticles-pfizer-s-covid-19-vaccine-trigger-rare-allergic-reactions

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you have doubts speak to your local health care provider, a health professional before taking the vaccine.

From personal experience my daughters GP failed to mention that the reaction she had from an MRI contrast dye could well have been an anaphylaxis allergy and was not advised about having her second vaccine. This is very worrying considering the same GP practice prescribed her Gaviscon which later transpired after we went to A&E that my daughter did not have gastric problems but was in fact diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

peg #pegallergy #Polyethyleneglycol #anaphylaxis #covidvaccine #covidvaccineanaphylaxis #covidvaccineallergicreaction

When will Driving lessons Restart in Wales?

www.gwsschoolofmotoring.co.uk

When Will Driving Lesson Restart in Wales?

The article I wrote about yesterday from:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-lessons-theory-tests-and-driving-tests-to-restart-in-wales

The article was in fact last years news and has since been withdrawn with no current dates for lessons to resume in Wales.

I wrote:

The Welsh Government has confirmed driving lessons will be able to take place in Wales from 27 July. (Article Withdrawn).

Theory tests will restart on Monday 3rd August, along with vocational, motorcycle, car and trailer tests, and tractor driving tests. (Article Withdrawn).

Driving tests will start from Monday 17 August, as well as the restarting of driving instructor testing and standards checks. (Article Withdrawn).

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will update guidance shortly to facilitate the safe return.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport, said:

“Driving lessons and tests are vital in helping people get to work and visit loved ones and provide the skills dor a lifetime of safe driving”. (Article Withdrawn).

As Wales slowly comes out of lockdown and things start to get back to some normality the services will help the country start moving again. (Article Withdrawn).

DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said:

“It has been vital that lessons and tests only resume when safe to do so and in line witht the Welsh Government’s advice, we know this has been a tough time for the whole country including learners and driving instructors but I am please to announce the restart of lessons and tests in Wales. Tests for critical workerker have continued during tthe lockdown and would like to thank all those instructors and examiners who have continued to work to help deliver tests for those who have done so much to help us during this terrible pandemic”. (Article Withdrawn).

This article has now been withdrawn from the goveernment website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-lessons-theory-tests-and-driving-tests-to-restart-in-wales

Other Resources Links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-theory-tests

https://gov.wales/alert-level-4-frequently-asked-questions

Do keep checking back for updates on www.learntodriveincardiff.co.uk

GWS SCHOOL OF MOTORING

Contact:

Gerwyn Napper on Tel: 02920 732589 Mob: 07912 220943

or

email: info@gwsschoolofmotoring.co.uk

Website: www.gwsschoolofmotoring.co.uk

#cardiffdrivinglessons #cardiffdrivinginstructor #learntodriveinwales #gerwynnapper #gerwynnapperdrivinginstructor #drivinglessons #theorytest #dvla

Saliva Cross Contamination of Germs

SALIVA & MAIL CROSS CONTAMINATION OF GERMS

EBOLA

You would think dealing with the Corona Pandemic was already enough for us to deal with for the rest of our lives but wait for it there is something else lurking on the horizon. In fact, 6 countries have been placed on ‘Urgent Alert’ amidst a new “EBOLA” outbreak.

Ebola kills through organ failure and severe bleeding and is very transmissible through body fluids. During the 2013 to 2016 Ebola outbreak more than 11,000 people died across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

https://londonlovesbusiness.com/six-countries-placed-on-urgent-alert-amid-new-ebola-outbreak/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cjnwl8q4qj1t/ebola-virus

https://news.sky.com/story/guinea-declares-ebola-epidemic-as-it-reports-at-least-three-deaths-12218508

So what has Saliva and Mail got to do with anything, I hear you cry?

Saliva & Mail.

People send letters and parcels all over the world everyday and yes most parcels and envelopes use postage stamps other than the ones that use franking machines then this does not apply.

What does a person do to seal an envelope or stick a stamp:

So what does a person do when they stick a stamp on an envelope or parcel or seals an envelope?……they use in most cases their own saliva.

Therefore what happens when you have just stuck an envelope down nice and wet or stuck a postage stamp, you have now smeared your germs right across and have successfully contaminated the said item.

How long can germs live on surfaces:

Different Kinds of Surfaces

Metal Examples: doorknobs, jewelry, silverware 5 days

Wood Examples: furniture, decking 4 days

Plastics Examples: milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons 2 to 3 days

Stainless steel Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles 2 to 3 days

Cardboard Examples: shipping boxes 24 hours

Copper Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware 4 hours

Aluminum Examples: soda cans, tin-foil, water bottles 2 to 8 hours  

Glass Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows Up to 5 days

Ceramics Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs 5 days

Paper Examples: mail, newspaper The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

Food Examples: takeout, produce. Coronavirus doesn’t seem to spread through food.

Water Coronavirus hasn’t been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs.

Fabrics Examples: clothes, linens There’s not much research about how long the virus lives on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.

Shoes One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours.

https://www.webmd.com/lung/how-long-covid-19-lives-on-surfaces

So what is my point to all this?

If people who may not even be aware they are carriers of ANY disease spread their germs and contaminate envelopes and parcels imagine the knock on effect this has on th population. First the parcels and envelopes get picked up and sent to a sorting office where multiple people handle mail. Imagine how many people may get infected simply by that one task alone?

Yes but it is embedded into our brains we must wash our hands frequently, but how many of us actually do? People are not OCD like me may be complacent about touching things and them washing hands. All it takes is for an infected person to touch several surfaces and someone else then gets contaminated. You not only need to clean your hands but everything you come into contact with. Germs live on surfaces for days.

I am a suffered of contamination OCD I have been for over 30 years so I am more aware than anyone about cross contamination and germs and will not touch something that has been touched by someone else without disinfecting the item first. With mail that can be difficult to disinfect, hence I use disposable latex gloves. The same goes with outer packaging of food and toiletries and household products.

You have to think outside the box (no pun intended), the items have been shipped from somewhere before ending up on our shelves, imagine how many people have touched that item before you?

You will never be able to stop any virus from spreading if not enough is done to:

SPREAD “Germ Cross Contamination” AWARENESS to the Masses.

This has to be done with media amplification.

How is Coronavirus is spread?

According to current evidence, the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-epidemiology-virology-and-clinical-features#:~:text=According%20to%20current%20evidence%2C,%2C%20faeces%20and%20urine.

This means the virus comes from the mouth, from sneezing and coughing and what else is our mouths…..SALIVA!

FINAL NOTES:

If you intend on sending mail and have to seal envelopes and postage stamps get a sponge from the kitchen or bathroom and soak it with water, then wipe the envelope or stamps with it, NEVER USE SALIVA.

When handling goods always disinfect outer packaging whenever possible and when handling mail use disposable gloves.

On another note about spreading awareness I for one do not buy tabloids, do not watch terrestrial TV so how can people like myself be alerted of cross contamination? I have an answer social media push notifications.

ADDENDUM:

According to a study conducted early on in the pandemic found the virus lost infectivity on paper within three hours, says Professor Mark Harris, from the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Leeds.

Prof Harris told HuffPost UK it is “highly unlikely” you’d spread Covid by licking an envelope – or catch it by touching an envelope that had been licked. Furthermore, the average time an envelope would probably have spent in a postbox would be no more than three hours waiting to be collected. By the time it’s been through the postal service, three hours will most definitely have passed.

(What about parcels which also have stamps and have to be taken physically to post offices or given to couriers)? sorry but I am not convinced...

“However my thoughts on this are, for example, an elderly person who has a friend, family member, carer or neighbor asks them to post their mail for them they essentially would cross-contaminate”.

Read Other Articles Here On the Subject:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/does-licking-envelopes-spread-covid_uk_5fdc80dcc5b6aa861e5d7e9e

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1260073/Post-office-should-i-lick-envelopes-coronavirus

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mail-handlers-used-poke-holes-envelopes-battle-germs-and-viruses-180975020/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/heidi-stevens/ct-heidi-stevens-should-you-lick-holiday-card-envelopes-covid-1211-20201211-kkxyoiu32zfrhowmysscqsazpe-story.html

#ebolaoutbreak #coronavirus #pandemic #crosscontamination #saliva #mediaamplification #germawareness #washinghands #disinfectant #ebola #postagestamps #lickingenvelopes #lickingstamps

PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE – Adverse Reactions – Fact Checking.

Reporting of Suspected Adverse Reactions Fact Checking.

To report an adverse reaction to the vaccine please visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects & Adverse Events (pfizersafetyreporting.com)

Also,

Official MHRA side effect and adverse incident reporting site for coronavirus treatments and vaccines | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The side effects to the vaccine is as follows and can be read in the official PDF which you can download here:

Screenshot No 1.

Temporary_Authorisation_HCP_Information_BNT162_6_0_UK_editclean

FACT CHECKING

REUTERS

Who are Reuters: Reuters is an international news organization owned by Thomson Reuters. It employs some 2,500 journalists and 600 photojournalists in about 200 locations worldwide. Reuters is one of the largest news agencies in the world.

I found the above information on this website which is used by all media globally:

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-trial-idUSKBN28K1U3

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-vaccine/fact-check-document-does-not-show-the-covid-19-vaccine-will-be-used-for-depopulation-idUSKBN28F0I1

AstraZeneca published its peer-reviewed trial data in British medical journal The Lancet on Dec. 8 for public scrutiny (reported by Reuters here).

FURTHER READING

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/vaccines-and-immunization-what-is-vaccination?adgroupsurvey={adgroupsurvey}&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5bz-BRD-ARIsABjT4njG3fRywr2ITDzU9BzVcphyUczDeEmp6TUsSKzm9hUtxABCL_6IfTUaAheREALw_wcB

YELLOW CARD APP

You can also down load the Yellow Card App:

You can now receive news updates from the MHRA and report side effects to medicines via the Yellow Card app.

At the moment you will need to create a separate account on the app to report. Please download it from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.

If you have any comments on the app please contact us.

CAUTION

Vulnerable People Who Have Had: https://www.lemtrada.com/

Vulnerable People who have had Alemtuzumab should get additional medical advice before taking the PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE.

My daughter was treated with this drug Alemtuzuzumab.

Alemtuzumab WAS a medication used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and multiple sclerosis. On July 3, 2020 Sanofi Genzyme was notified that our Lemtrada Home Phlebotomy Partner, Examination Management Services Inc., (EMSI) has gone out of business.

What Lemtrada warning said:

LEMTRADA can cause serious side effects including:

Serious autoimmune problems: Some people receiving LEMTRADA develop a condition where the immune cells in your body attack other cells or organs in the body (autoimmunity), which can be serious and may cause death. Serious autoimmune problems may include:

  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition of reduced platelet counts in your blood that can cause severe bleeding that may cause life‑threatening problems. Call your healthcare provider (HCP) right away if you have any of the following symptoms: easy bruising; bleeding from a cut that is hard to stop; coughing up blood; heavier menstrual periods than normal; bleeding from your gums or nose that is new or takes longer than usual to stop; small, scattered spots on your skin that are red, pink, or purple
  • Kidney problems called anti‑glomerular basement membrane disease, which, if not treated, can lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure that needs dialysis, a kidney transplant, or death. Call your HCP right away if you have any of the following symptoms: swelling of your legs or feet; blood in the urine (red or tea‑colored urine); decrease in urine; fatigue; coughing up blood

It is important patients to have blood and urine tests before you receive, while on treatment and every month for 4 years or longer, after you receive your last LEMTRADA infusion.

See additional Screenshot what the PDF says about adverse effects :

Screenshot No 2.

***Thoughts From the Editor of this Post.

As with every drug we take there is an element of risk hence that is why we have leaflets inside the packaging of what the drug is and what side effects there are.

As a carer and a concerned mum it is my duty to know if my daughter should have the vaccine, the following telephone numbers had auto response messages saying the lines were busy before the calls were disconnected after my daughter tried phoning today.

029 218 36318

029 218 36319

029 218 36323

029 218 36340

We are located in Cardiff UK so hence these are Cardiff Numbers. If you are outside Wales you should look up your local health board in your region.

I advised my daughter to phone 111 and no one could advise her and she was told that someone would phone her back.

Upon further fact checking I personally phoned the secretary of the Professor of Neurology in Cardiff and I explained that my daughter was a patient and the secretary directed me to this site: https://cavuhb.nhs.wales/our-services/ms-multiple-sclerosis/ (The site does not explain anything about my concerns about diminshed immune response) I also recited screenshot no 2 with my concerns and was told that all MS patients should have the vaccine although she could not explain what diminished immune response meant:

Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressant therapy, may have a diminished immune response to the vaccine. No data are available about concomitant use of immunosuppressants.
As with any vaccine, vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 may not protect all vaccine recipients.

So obviously not leaving any stone unturned and wanting to know what “diminished immune response” meant I found the following information:

Diminished Immune Response Meaning:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0008874919302989

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/primary-immunodeficiency/symptoms-causes/syc-20376905

Reading in between the lines as I am no expert and I stand corrected if I am wrong, from what I understand my daugher should she decide on having the vaccine today will have her immune system diminished so there is no way of her fighting the virus. Further more and I quote: “No data is available about concomitant use of immunosuppressants – may not protect all vaccine recipients“.

This tells me that it has no been tested on immune suppressant drugs or patients who have had immune suppressants, hence this is open for debate.

OTHER LINKS:

https://www.astrazeneca.com/our-company/contact-us.html

To contact Astra Zeneca.

Prescription medicines

For medical enquiries about our products (including questions on how to take your medicine, to report a side effect or make a complaint regarding one of our medicines), please call our UK based Medical Information team on: 0800 783 0033. Lines are open from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Outside these hours and on bank holidays, an out of hours service is available to assist with any urgent enquiries.

Global headquarters: +44 (0)20 3749 5000
UK Marketing Company (UKMC): 0800 783 0033

(If you are outside the UK please visit the link i have provided above).

To Contact PFIZER.

https://www.pfizer.co.uk/contact-us

Call 01304 616161
And ask to speak to the Medical Information team.

To Contact Gates Foundation – Vaccine.

https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/Contact-Us

https://www.gatesfoundation.org/what-we-do/global-health/vaccine-development-and-surveillance

The Oxford Vaccine.

https://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/about/contact-us

https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Area/coronavirus-research/vaccine

***If you have any concerns do contact the links I have provided or your Local Health Board.

Hand Sanitisers

Hand Sanitisers.

Hand sanitisers, love them or hate them, we all have to use them.

Being a sufferer of OCD I have tried and tested my fair share of hand sanitisers in my time. My brain seems to analyse where germs get cross contaminated and I use more hand sanitiser than the average person so I should have some knowledge which ones work and which ones don’t.

Ultimately my favourite brands are Dettol & Carex and I prefer the aloe vera versions as personal preference:

When buying hand sanitiser it best to stick to well known brands that are regulated by EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012.

There are many fly by night sellers on Ebay and Etsy that claim that their brands kill germs. I would avoid buying from these sellers at all costs, as most make their own concoctions and sell it under their own labels unregulated.

If a hand sanitiser brand does not have their own website dedicated to the product name I would leave them out.

You can never be too careful with germs.

If a company dedicated their time to making a product a household name they will spend money on advertising. If you have never heard of them or you buy an unknown brand from a stall in a market because it is cheap, you have to question what you are putting on your hands.

In hindsight these brands should be able to prove that the product matches the claims, so if a product makes a certain claim, such as it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, then it should fulfil that claim.

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/12/hand-sanitisers-sold-online-fail-which-tests/ – Which?

However I have recently received some samples from a company selling ‘Dr Brown’ Hand Sanitisers. I told them I would give them a review and even though I love the high street brands, I think if there was a shortage of hand sanitisers, I would not hesitate to use this company or if I had a lot of employees I would certainly give them a go.

I received both the citrus and lavender.

I found them to be slightly on the runny side rather than gel although there was an element of gel in the composition.

It definitely wafted alcohol and took a couple of seconds to evaporate but once the smell had gone it left a pleasant aroma behind that lingered. My favourite was Lavender out of the two.

https://www.bcbin.com/

To read more about which hand sanitisers have been tried and tested, I would check out the following blog, but again they emphasise Carex & Dettol as the brands to buy:

Final Thoughts:

Warning:

If you are a Gas or Electrical Engineer DO NOT USE ALCOHOL BASED FLAMABLE HAND SANITISERS around naked flames or sparks.

According to The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers have issued a safety alert, stating a build-up of static can create an invisible flame from the ignition source whereby the hand sanitizer on ones hands can then ignite. It is recommended you wash your hands in hot soapy water to get rid of all traces of hand sanitiser before commencing work.

https://pubs.spe.org/en/hsenow/hse-now-article-page/?art=6998

SHOP FOR HAND SANITISERS HERE:

All Carex Hand Sanitisers:

All Other Hand Sanitisers:

Electrical Safety 5 Year Checks

Yeeha!

Electrical Safety 5 Year Checks.

I wrote a while back about an electrical engineers company in Cardiff (UK) that did not notice that there was a problem with my kitchen hotzone in my property when they came to do an electrical inspection approximately a year ago and as a consequence caused a domino effect, whereby my cooker which was delivered on December 17th 2020 to be precise was not fitted until the 11th January 2021, because it was difficult to get anyone out to resolve the problem and then fit it.

I was then subjected to having take-outs at a cost of £50 per day for two meals per two people over 25 days period totally £1,250. My Christmas was ruined.

Moving forward to today I get a message from my landlords assistant who says the same company that came to do the an electrical inspection a year ago are coming tomorrow to do an annual check?

I responded and said unless it is mandatory I would prefer no visitors, to which she replied it was and it has to be done by law.

Obviously I never take things at face vaule and I decided to do some research and this is what I found the screenshot follows after the PDF:

landlords-guide-england-and-wales-june-2020-5-YEAR-TEST

Now considering the UK has a “stay at home ruling” you would think minimising contact with other people would be of highest priority but somehow people are being so blasé about the Pandemic it is starting to make my blood boil.

Secondly the Landlords Assistant whom I assume should have done some training with ‘Rent Smart Wales’ would know that the electrical tests are every five years not annual. It is the Gas Safety Checks that have to be checked annually.

However I am going to have some fun tomorrow when the the Electrical Engineers arrive and will ask them to comment to the following questions:

  1. Why they are doing Electrical Inspections on an annual basis, when it says every five years? (already had this answered, they are apparantly doing fire alarm inspections instead).
  2. Why they failed to notice a problem with the kitchen hotzone a year ago?
  3. Why they failed to move the socket from the hotzone on the 17th December and only covered it with a plastic covering? ( According to the electrician today that was ok. No this is not fine as the plastic could melt from the heat).
  4. Why they fitted a light on the same circuit as the banister light which when one light blows the electrics trip? (He said that yes when the light goes it will trip the electrics but if the bulb goes on the light which is positioned in a dangerous place I still have to change it as it will continue tripping otherwise. So that was a waste of time installing the second light).
  5. Why they changed the bathroom light which was already bathorrom safe for another one, just to make extra money? (I never got round to answering this question).
  6. Why they fitted an extra three smoke alarms on top of the one I already had, considering my flat has one floor and I should have one alarm on each floor? (he said by law I had to have one in the living room, on the landing, kitchen (heat detector) and the entrance to my flat, we where having a full blown argument as he was persistant that I was wrong).
  7. Why they did not spot the washing machine was plugged into an extension lead, which was trailing on the ground and not plugged into a wall socket which I did not have behind my machine? (if there was a leak and water went over my extension lead, well all I can say is, I would be toast)? (I mentioned about this and he the best thing would be for me to lodge a complaint with the company, once I get the information from the government I will be emailing these electricians and reporting them).
  8. Who will compensate me for all the money I wasted on take-outs?
  9. Where does it say I have to have annual fire alarm checks done? (I asled the electrician and he could not give me an answer I wanted the name of the website to fact check).

Considering this company is registered with electrical safety register I would like to know who taught them about electrical safety inspections?

Furthermore my daughter is classed as vulnerable person according to the government, so why is it that people insist on visiting my property when I do not want them to? Its all getting beyond a joke.

I will update you soon.

In the meantime I highly recommend “First Phase Electrial – Electricians Wales”, if you have any electrical emergency work that needs doing. Give “Jeff Smith” a call or visit his website: www.electricianswales.co.uk

VISIT WALES NO 1 BEST REGULATED ELECTRICIANS!

UPDATE:

22/01/21

I stand corrected I am not having an electrical inspection done after I pointed out the 5 year rule to my landlords assistant, instead I am having a fire alarm system check but as always I leave no stone unturned and have found this PDF from the Governments website relating to Fire Alarm Inspections. There is no mention how often fire alarms should be tested by a quaified electrician and besides it is not rocket science to test the alarm yourself which is recommended that everyone does anyway.

This is now an invasion of my privacy, against covid regulations and a risk to my daughters health.

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My grieviance is not only the hotzone and money I wasted on take-outs, but the amount of visits I have had to my accomodation outside of my immediate bubble to the total of 9 people relating to my landlord’s decision, within the last month. This is now wearing me down. Had they all come at the same time, I could have had a party.

  1. Two DHL Appliance Delivery Engineers.
  2. An Electrician who capped the socket the same day as DHL Delivery.
  3. My Landlord the following day and his assistant x total 3 visits.
  4. The Gas engineer who came and went without installing the cooker.
  5. The Two Gas Engineers that finally installed my cooker.
  6. Engineer today checking the fire alarms.

A total of nine people in the last month that have entered my accomodation.

Update 18.33 pm 22/01/21

I had my visitor today person number 9 in the space of one month test the fire alarms and basically this is all he did, he sprayed some smoke from a canister directly below the alarm, waited for the alarm to activate and disarmed it, wrote something down and off he went.

I have since written to the government to confirm what legislations there are for checking fire alarms and how often.

From what I have read one has to check the alarm once a month.

If this is the case there is no way on this earth I am allowing any more visitors to my accomodation.

I pointed the hotzone out to him and he agreed the electrical engineers overlooked the hotzone but I could not blame the company but the engineers.

He continued to say that capping the wall socket was ok. Obviously another cowboy to the list of cowboys.

Here is my capped wall socket, which is now behind a splashback, which today electrician said was fine.

Lockdown Rant & Lockdown Fines.

Lockdown Rant.

  1. The Current Lockdown Fines in Wales are as follows:

“The existing fines structure, which imposed a £60 fine for a first offence rising to £120 for a second and subsequent offences, will be replaced by a new structure in which the fines double for every offence – rising from £60 to £120 to £1,920 for the sixth offence”.

Omg if this a compacent red flag.

If I were in Government I would ISSUE MAXIMUM FINES not measly £60 fines for the first offence.

Having a pricelist of costs is commical. 😂

I have been told if it is your first offence and you get issued a £60 fine providing you pay it quickly it will be reduced to £30 similar to a parking or speeding fine.

The government are on another playing field.

I have heard on the grapevine and it is only hearsay as I have no way of proving the allegations.

This is just one example, so you can imagine what is going on all over the UK. Now I have to make it clear that this bit is just hearsay and I cannot prove the location of the event and who will be attending all I know is that a young person is planning a house party. The girl in question is planning the party is going to book a luxury apartment and use key worker credentials to organise the event. She has reassured her guests that if they get fined it will be a £60 fine if they get caught, reduced to £30 if they pay it quickly. One cannot control what goes on behind closed doors.

This fining business is a joke. If the fines were in the thousands people would think twice before breaking the law.

The government should fine maximum heavy fines not piddly £60.00 fines.

If you think young people obey rules, the powers that be are living in cloud cuckoo land.

The reality is that young people have no repsect for authority and are socially disobedient.

Crossing the Pond to USA and the Trump Riots in the Capitol Hill Washington most recently, there was no social distancing or wearing face masks, so what does that tell you?

People do not care unless it directly effects them. https://disabledentrepreneur.uk/why-people-do-not-care

SHOCK TACTICS

If one does not scare the living daylights out of people, people will not believe in what you are saying. Using ‘shock tactic marketing and advertising’ will alter peoples perception of things and may make them take notice. For example showing cancerous lung images on cigarette packaging will put some people off from smoking but may not neccessarily stop everyone. Promoters/Advertisers/Governement need to shock an audience with controversial material in order for it to be effective. Merely saying there is a virus and implementing rules does not cut it, one needs a heavy hand with heavy fines and even military presence.

The same goes with Covid-19 Coronavirus Regulations, you can talk all you want and spend tonnes of time on the media but if you do not show people what they are really facing, they may become non believers or complacent.

If people saw first hand what coronavirus looks like and what it does to a person they would be more likely to be more cautious and would possibly obey the law.

People are confused and disorientated, they can see what is happening with the economy but want answers. How come nothing more is being said about Wuhan where the virus supposedly originated from? How come nothing is said about the scientists and why has the Chinese President not made a statement.

I have my own theories but I am not going to fuel any fires. I just think somethings do not add up and everything should be transparent.

Here are some examples of Civil Disobedience.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/20/civil-disobedience-sanchez-gordillo

Furthermore I have a question about this pandemic business.

Q: “If back in March 2020, people supposedly did as they were told, stayed indoors self isolated, shielded and stayed 2 metres apart how come the virus has mutated, and has spread”? Surely if the virus was contained the virus would be under control?

My theory “people who have not done as they were told, have become complacent and do not think this PANDEMIC IS REAL and it is just media manipulation to divert people from what is really happening.

If everyone was taught about cross contamination of germs back in March 2020, the infected people that sent out letters by post and left their saliva satuarated postage stamped envelopes on their doorsteps to be collected by couriers, imagine how many people have become infected just from this one act alone?

When people came to visit, social distancing, but stayed for a cup of tea imagine the cross contamination of the cup, saucer and teaspoon.

Not everyone has a hand washing obsession, does not have OCD and are complacent when washing their hands, thinking their hands are clean, until they touch a surface that may be contaminated but do not realise the consequence of their actions.

I know it has been drummed into our heads, wash hands often or use hand sanitiser. But not everyone obeys the rules. I have OCD so it is second nature to me, yet I have witnessed a handful of people that did not sanitise their hands in front of me. So what does it say for the rest of the nation?

Shall I carry on…. the example of an engineer that did not wash his hands, did not wear PPE and did an emergency job but touched all the surfaces in the home, whom may have been a carrier of the virus.

Or all the couriers that may wear facemasks but do not wear disposable gloves, cross contaminating one parcel after another.

Or the people that work in warehouses stocking shelves and packing parcels possibly not wearing PPE”.

Germs live on surfaces and if a person who may be infected touches something and does not disinfect will potentially cause a domino effect.

But at the end of the day who am I to make waves afterall the Government know what they are doing 😂 …..

Shortages of Toilet Paper.

2. Shortage of toilet rolls. I have just been on my regualr online grocery store to place an order and my toilet paper is out of stock which is a contradiction to what WEPA Group have said, which produces toilet paper and kitchen towels for the UK consumer market from its site in Bridgend, South Wales, said it expected sales to remain high but insisted that supplies would not run out.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/22/toilet-roll-sales-rise-by-more-than-a-fifth-amid-new-uk-covid-19-restrictions

This tells me there is a shortage for another reason and it is not because people are panic buying.

Considering supermarkets have a limit on how many rolls of toilet paper one can buy I cannot see consumers turning their homes into toilet paper warehouses.

If I was going to panic buy I would buy lots of tin food. Cleaning ones posterior can be done after reading the daily newspaper.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8902777/Eager-shoppers-strip-supermarket-shelves-toilet-roll-pasta-lockdown-2-0-looms.html

Remember you should not believe everything you see of hear especially in MSM media. As Donald Trump called it “Fake News”. Love him or hate him he still has more money than most of the readers on this blog, so although he is now disgraced, one cannot knock him for his business strategies and all the properties and land that he owns and other investments.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/aug/06/can-you-trust-mainstream-media

So I have an open mind about this Pandemic and if I had some power I would have certainly done things differently.

Its a media circus and I am the bystander looking in.

3. Food Shortages.

If the tabloids are publishing food shortages due to the brexit deal, one has to wonder if there is a shortage of toilet paper what is coming next?

Do not take my word for it read what the media and the tabloids are saying here:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-food-shortages-ports-lorries-b1787187.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55609315

https://www.independent.co.uk/topic/food-shortages

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9151005/Brexit-chaos-fuels-fresh-food-crisis.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/food_security

House Hunting in the Time of COVID-19

About the Author: Katie Conroy is the creator of AdviceMine.com. She particularly enjoys writing about lifestyle topics and created the website to share advice she has learned through experience, education, and research. 

House Hunting in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept most of us confined to our homes, but this doesn’t mean that your search for the perfect home should be shelved, too. In fact, the current economic situation could very well turn into a buyer’s market, making it an opportune time to continue your house-hunting efforts.

But of course, with social distancing measures in place, this can seem next to impossible. However, the fact remains that there are numerous online tools and resources that you can use—not just to search for your dream home, but even to look at it up close and personal and ultimately close the deal. The best thing is, you don’t even have to leave home to do so. Here’s how.

  1. Download a checklist to guide you in the entire process of buying a home.
  2. Alternatively, look for an experienced real estate agent and do an online background check.
  3. Search for your dream home in the best house-hunting sites.
  4. Explore online options for home viewing like video open houses and video-chat tours.
  5. Use Social Media ike Facebook and Instagram to find properties for sale and communicate with owners and/or agents.
  6. Do your diligence online to find a home inspector you can trust.
  7. If your inspector finds any common problems, research the cost of repairs you may need to address.
  8. Clinch the sale with drive-thru closings.
  9. After purchasing a home, find experienced and reliable movers.

As you search for a new home in the time of COVID-19, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Before long, this virus will run its course, and you’ll be moving into your beautiful, new home as well.

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