What is Refyn Search?

The tiger engine behind this website is called “Refyn“. REFYN is a New Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can search a site using only features. No keywords, no training, and no index are required! E.g. Query of “4×4” will fetch jeep and SUV even if “4×4” is not in DB at all. It will fetch all images with a certain shape, color, and so on without scanning pixels – Just by cognitively understanding that toilet paper has a shape of a cylinder.

In this search query, Refyn solves a query that cannot be found in the inventory by “breaking down cognitively” the meaning of the word and suggesting related product substitute:

The full search results can help shoppers to “refine” the results they want. In this example, Refyn ignored the typo and is showing the related products with the option to filter it by price, sale promotion and images/videos:


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Zika Virus Prevention

What Is Zika Virus?

Though the Zika virus is an old disease, its appearance in the Americas is recent. Before 2014, cases of Zika in the Americas were rare and associated with travel. But, since the disease came to Brazil in 2014, it has spread north and west into more than 20 countries.

The virus spreads through mosquito bites and usually only causes mild symptoms. Despite this, new research from Brazil suggests Zika can cause birth defects in baby’s whose mothers contract the disease while pregnant. The exact nature of these defects and when they are most likely to happen is still under investigation.

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika and no medicine to treat it. Recovery comes through supportive care, like pain-killers, and time passed. The best protection is preventing mosquito bites and avoiding regions where the disease is present.

What Are The Symptoms of Zika Virus?

Though Zika is often a light infection, there are some possibly serious side effects. Only about 1-in-5 of those infected with the virus become sick. Symptoms are generally mild and lasting several days to a week. Severe illness is uncommon and deaths are rare.

Zika virus symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • RashJoint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Muscle pain
  • A headache

Where Is Zika Virus Found?

Countries With Active Zika Transmission

American Samoa, Anguila, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. territory, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominca, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States (ONLY Miami-Dade County, Florida) and Venezuela

What you can do to protect yourself

  1. Plan your travel
  2. Avoid mosquito bites
  3. Cover yourself with Refyn’s Mosquito net, Bug zappers and Face Guard

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A basic medical health kit is important no matter where you travel. Some medications may not always be readily available in other countries or may be different from those available in North America. A good list of items you absolutely need to take with you, the essential toiletries kit.

The Basics

Hair Cleanser and Conditioner: In other words, you need a shampoo and conditioner of sorts for your hair. If too many liquids make you worry, look into a solid shampoo bar. Dry shampoo might also be a good addition that can help you cut back on the amount of liquid shampoo you bring. Take just what you need in order to conserve space and weight.

Body Wash: We recommend going with a bar soap, like Dove, in order to clean that travel grime off from time to time — and to cut back on liquids. If space is a worry, try packing a normal sized bar in half instead of paying more for those special travel size bars in the shops.

Facial Moisturizer: Every lady needs a facial moisturizer of some kind. For extra bonus points, get one with SPF sun-screen built-in since you will more than likely be spending more time in the sun on your travels. Try to go with a moisturizer that you can use both day and night.

Face Wash: Bring along your favourite facial wash or acne cleanser. With new diets, changes in sleep patterns and more public transportation use, breakouts are sure to happen when you travel. Keep them at a minimum by keeping your face clean. Depending on your skin type, a facial wipe might be a good option.

Toothbrush: This is a no-brainer! If you want to go minimal, go for a brush that is travel sized, or one that folds in half.

Toothpaste: Just like the brush, paste keeps you fresh and clean. Go with travel size tubes, or try something different like toothpaste sachets or toothpaste tablets. Check its expired date! Toothpaste can be used for emergency Disinfect Wounds and Prevent Infection. Read more here >>

Floss: Floss is a must-pack. Not only is it vital to your oral health, it can also function as string in a pinch to sew up holes and tie bits and bobs together.

Razor or Shaving Machine: If you can handle going a few days without shaving, perhaps waiting to buy a disposable razor until you arrive is an option. Or, get a good wax before leaving home and ditch the razor if you can. Don’t forget the charger for shaving machine!

Deodorant: Go for the solid kind in order to cut back on your liquids. If you want something that lasts several months, the crystal deodorants will do the trick.

Q-tips and Cotton Pads: For cleaning your ears and removing makeup or dirt. Just put a handful in a ziplock bag before putting in your toiletries kit.

Baby Wipes: Take travel package of baby wipes, even if you don’t have a baby. Put in a Ziploc bag and take on a trip with you – they will stay wet in a sealed bag. Use it for:

  • Remove makeup from hands
  • Clean shoes
  • Wipe dust
  • Clean computer keyboard
  • Emergency spills
  • Clean windshield.
  • Disinfect bathroom
  • Use as a dishcloth
  • Shine bathroom fixtures and wipe counters
  • Freshen yourself up without leaving your airplane seat

The Extras

Hair Items: Leave-in conditioners, hair oils, hair sprays and dry shampoos.

Skin Items: Body lotions, cuticle creams and body sprays.

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