Coronavirus - 5 Ways to keep your family protected

Posted on March 10 2020

What we know according to the CDC’s (Center for disease control) website about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How is this virus spreading?

It is still early, but for now the CDC says the spread of the COVID-19 Virus is due mostly to

  • Person to person contact via coughing and sneezing
  • Coming in contact with a surface that has been contaminated with the virus and then touching your face, mouth, nose etc.…

How many people have come down with the coronavirus?

The CDC states Over 200,000 people have contracted this virus worldwide including 8,000+ in the US. The numbers are expected to increase as it is likely that the person to person spread will continue to occur.

What actions can you take to protect yourself and keep your family safe?

 Please wash your hands

 

There are steps that you should be taking now to prevent this virus from entering your home.

The Center for disease control recommends that you should…

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hand washing steps

Make sure you and your family know the proper procedure to wash your hands.

Follow these steps while washing for at least 20seconds

1.     Wet hands

2.     Apply antibacterial soap

3.     Rub hands palm to palm

4.     Lather the backs of your hands

5.     Scrub between your fingers

6.     Rub the backs of fingers on the opposite palms

7.     Clean thumbs

8.     Wash fingernails and fingertips

9.     Rinse hands

10.  Dry with single use towel

11.  Use the towel to turn off the faucet

12.  Your hands are Clean 

20 second hand washing song

Here are some fun way to get your kiddies to wash their hands for the full 20 seconds.

Sing a song

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

[Repeat once]

Here is another fun one…


Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

My, oh, my, what a wonderful day

Plenty of sunshine headin' my way

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!

[Repeat once]

 

While these are great for the kids, what about the adults?

Know the chorus to your favorite song? Chances are it’s at least 10 seconds long (sing it twice)

Here’s a perfect one that’s fun to do and is 20 seconds long…we timed it

Taylor Swift “Shake it off”

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play

And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake

I shake it off, I shake it off

Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break

And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake

Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake

I shake it off, I shake it off

 Now that you have the hand washing down pat. What are some other steps, that you can take now, to help prevent you or your family from getting sick?

Coronavirus

Stay away from people who are sick

If you know someone who is sick try to stay away from that person, if possible until you feel they are no longer sick or are cleared by their doctor.

Use a hand Sanitizer

In between hand washings or if you can’t wash your hands Use a hand Sanitizer. Make sure that it is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol.

 Vitamin C to boost your immune system

 

Boost your immune system

It is always a good idea during cold and flu season to get in a healthy dose of vitamin C. It is an especially good idea now with the widespread of the coronavirus. There are plenty ways to get in extra Vitamin C including from your supplement choices. A good example for the adults is Glamour Nutrition’s Collagen with vitamin C. You already need extra collagen why not get the extra immune boosting Vitamin C you need at the same time?

You can read more about The Amazing Benefits of Vitamin C, here https://www.glamournutrition.com/blogs/blog/the-amazing-benefits-of-vitamin-c

Disinfect your home

It is a good idea to take extra precaution when cleaning you home during the Coronavirus outbreak or if someone in your home becomes ill.

Clean or sanitize all “high-touch” surfaces every day including doors and doorknobs, countertops, tables, nightstands, Toilets, bathroom faucets and handles. Wash bedding in hot soapy water and wipe electronics with a sanitizing wipe.

Home made disinfectant and sanitizer

 

Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions

If you do not have or if you run out of Sanitizer or disinfectants. Follow these simple instructions to make them at home. Remember this is a bleach solution so only use on non-porous surfaces.

SANITIZER - For food preparation areas, counters, tables

1 TBSP Unscented bleach

1 Gal Water

After cleaning the area with soap and water, spray or wipe with surfaces with the disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry.

DISENFECTANT SPRAY – For Bathrooms

 ¼ cup of bleach

1 gallon of water

OR

1 TBSP unscented bleach per

1 quart of water

This mixture can be used in Bathrooms.

After cleaning the area with soap and water, spray or wipe with surfaces with the disinfectant. Make sure to allow surfaces to fully air dry.

How to Properly Make and Use Sanitizers & Disinfectants according to the Division of Public Health Services

* Make sure that you use only UNSCENTED bleach for food contact surfaces and that you are using chemical test strips to check the sanitizer concentration. All spray bottles must be clearly labeled with contents.

Remake solution daily.

Lastly, Stay Up to Date on the latest news

It’s a good idea to watch your local news for information pertaining to your area along with visiting the CDC’s website for updates on the virus.

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