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Month: January 2020

What is the Most Visited Place in Asia?

With all eyes on Rio this summer as the city hosted the Olympic Games the Zika virus and associated health hazards were rarely out of the headlines. Participating nations athletes, families and fans alike expressed concern over the risk and several high profile athletes dropped out; largely due to concern over the particular risks affecting pregnant women or those likely to fall pregnant.

Out of the Headlines but Still a Risk

Whilst the Zika virus no longer occupies the front pages of our newspapers a recent World Health Organization report has not only highlighted the ongoing risks of Zika but also that it is has spread extensively across South East Asia, and now affects key tourist destinations including Thailand and Indonesia.

At Explore Secure we actively encourage all travelers, be they business groups, students or vacationers, to always carefully plan and prepare for the trip abroad in order to not only understand any risks – but also how best to mitigate them so as to best enjoy a rewarding trip. To that end we urge all those heading overseas to understand Zika, where it is prevalent and the best measures to take to reduce exposure.

Zika Cases Increase across SE Asia

Zika infections are “highly likely” to keep spreading in Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Hundreds of cases of the virus have been reported in Singapore while two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have already been confirmed in Thailand.[1] Across the region increased numbers of cases have been reported many including pregnant women. Thailand and Singapore have reported the most cases – but Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines have also reported cases.

The US Communicable Disease Center now advises that: “Zika virus has been present in areas of Southeast Asia for many years, and several countries have reported occasional cases or small outbreaks of Zika virus infections. Zika virus is considered endemic in some countries, and a large number of local residents are likely to be immune. However, US travelers to endemic areas may not be immune to Zika virus and infections have occurred among travelers to Southeast Asia. Recent variations have been observed in the number of cases reported in Southeast Asia. This can reflect changes in awareness of Zika virus, surveillance and testing for Zika virus, or changes in intensity of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women traveling to Southeast Asia could become infected with Zika virus. The level of this risk is unknown and likely lowers than in areas where Zika virus is newly introduced and spreading widely”

Pregnant Women Travelers

With the particular risks associated with pregnant women the center has issued the following considerations: “Zika virus infection during pregnancy causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly and severe fetal brain abnormalities. Therefore, pregnant women should talk with their healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to Southeast Asia. Zika virus testing should be offered to people with symptoms of Zika virus disease, including pregnant women and others who develop symptoms during or following travel.”[2]

How to avoid exposure to Zika

For those traveling to the region – or indeed already there given the significant ex-pat population in Singapore – you should follow the same sensible guidance that is issued for protection against all mosquito borne disease and illness. Simple adoption of this best practice to limit exposure, avoid bites and covering exposed skin is the best approach. Follow the following:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants/trousers.
  • Avoid areas of stagnant water where mosquitos breed and don’t allow pools/puddles of water to gather close to your accommodation.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE, also called para-menthane-diol [PMD]), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.
  • Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children older than 2 months. (OLE should not be used on children younger than 3 years.)
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
  • Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites
  • Zika can be spread through sexual contact – therefore the use of condoms or abstinence whilst in areas affected should be considered.

All travelers should understand the risks and seek advice when making the decision as to whether they should still travel. Consult your family doctor or physician prior to travel and also on your return – which is always a sensible practice. At Explore Secure – we champion safe travel and encourage our friends and colleagues to explore the world armed with the most up to date and sensible guidance to stay healthy, safe and above all to enjoy their travel experiences. If you are interested in learning more about travel safety and health check out our online travel safety briefings.

Should You Get A Professional Car Detail?

Everyone knows that washing your car on a regular basis is a good idea. It is certainly a good idea to wash off the road salt that accumulates during a typical Alberta winter. And, there is the usual buildup of dirt and grime that goes with pets in the car, transporting gardening and building supplies, or messy little kids. Washing your car, vacuuming the interior and cleaning the interior windows and surfaces simply make your car more livable. After all, many of us spend a fair amount of time every day in our vehicles. For an excellent car wash, residents can come to Fortador. But, when your car needs a more thorough cleaning of the interior and exterior then a great car detailing service is warranted at Fortador. But, is detailing your car worth it?

Why Is Auto Detailing Important?

steamers for car detailing

For many people, car detailing sounds rather involved. Why can’t you just run your auto through the self-service car wash residents use at Fortador? Why isn’t washing your car once a month and power polishing it once a year enough?

The point of mobile auto detailing is to help your car recover from the daily grind of children, pets, home improvement supplies, camping equipment. The Christmas tree needles that have found a permanent home in your trunk, and spilled coffee stains. The point of car detailing is also to keep your car’s finish like new and not just clean.

To keep your car in a “livable” condition and to help retain its resale value, the car detailing Calgary NE enjoys by Fortador is absolutely worth it!

What Does Car Detailing Involve?

When you bring your car to Fortador Wash in for detailing, you get interior shampooing, professional vinyl cleaning, and conditioning, thorough leather cleaning and conditioning as well as engine cleaning and shampooing. Wiping down the interior surfaces of your car moves the majority of dirt and grim but not all of it. The same applies to vacuuming the interior or simply washing your car. These are necessary services at least once a month but to get your car clean inside and out, detailing services are preferable.

A big part of good car detailing is just taking the time to effectively clean out every nook and cranny and to leave your car in the pristine state it was when it left the showroom. Then it involves using professional cleaning supplies and tools. For your car’s exterior, good auto detailing means fixing all of the nicks and scrapes to return the car’s finish to its original condition.

A thorough auto detailing includes services like shampooing seats, leather cleaning, comprehensive leather protection, and application of stain guard fabric protection.

Folks often ask does car detailing remove scratches. Yes, it does. Exterior care may require the use of a clay bar to remove minor stains, built-up road film, or rusting brake dust. Then it involves a professional shine and long term surface protection. The end result of professional car detailing will be an exterior that looks like new.

Tire cleaning is part of a good detailing job and can include deep cleaning of wheels and addition of rim protection.

An engine shampoo to remove grime and grit may also be advisable.

What you need in terms of detailing will vary with the age of your vehicle and the amount of wear and tear it has experienced. But, in the end, if you take better care of your vehicle, it will take better care of you!

When you come to Fortador Car Wash for the car detailing deserves. You will make your car more livable and maintain its resale value as well.

Are Detailing Services Worth It?

When you are wondering is detailing your car worth it, the first question really is how good do you want your car to look? When you are wondering how much does it cost to detail a car interior, the question should be, how much is it worth to have a great looking car instead of a vehicle that looks old and worn out? You really do not have to pay all that much for auto detailing services. Take a look at the prices on the Fortador Car Wash detailing page. You will see that there are substantial discounts across the board.

The third question is, how much is your car worth? When you sell a car, the first impression of the prospective buyer comes from how good your car looks. Professional auto detailing provides that great first impression that may just net you another $1,000 or more in resale value of your auto.

For our automobile enthusiasts who love their vehicles, we offer amazing deals on the paint protection of their prized possession through our ceramic nano coating technology as well as XPel satin finish protection.

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