Lessen Your Risk of Contracting the Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

The following are a few precautionary measures you can take to lessen your risks of contracting the coronavirus. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Stay home as much as possible

Practice “social distancing,” which means limiting contact with other people. This can help prevent community spread of the coronavirus. Only leave your home for necessities. When you do go out, maintain a distance of 6 ft. between you and other people.

Wear protective gear
Using a surgical mask will help reduce your risk of infection. The key word here is REDUCTION – no mask is fool proof. If you don’t have a surgical mask, you can fold a handkerchief and use it as a precautionary measure. This will help to some degree. If someone coughs or sneezes near you, the little droplets flying around will be stopped by your makeshift cloth mask. That is about the only time the cloth mask helps. Always wash cloth masks in boiling water with a dash of bleach or disinfectant before reusing them.

Don’t touch your face, nose or eyes
This is one of the BIGGEST mistakes people make. You’ll encounter many surfaces when you’re out in public.  When you touch these surfaces, any bacteria/viruses there may get transferred onto your hands. Do NOT touch your face. This is the easiest way to infect yourself.

Wash your hands with soap and water regularly
Handwashing with soap is far more effective than wearing masks. Some say it is even more advantageous than using commercially-sold hand sanitizers. The fact that you’re more likely to get infected from surfaces covered with droplets emitted by someone who is infected (because you touched the surfaces and then your face), the best safety measure is to wash your hands regularly. 

Don’t track bacteria into your home
Leave your shoes at the door when you come into the house.  If you have pets and walk them outside, remember to wash your pet’s paws when you get home. Do not let your dog/cat wander in and out of the house as it pleases. If you’re working in an environment where you come into contact with the public, take a shower as soon as you get home. Take off your clothes in the bathroom and put them in a plastic trash bag. Wash with detergent and disinfectant. Only sit on furniture after you’ve showered. It may be a hassle, but it is a necessary measure to stay safe.

Strengthen your immune system
There is a reason some people survive the coronavirus and some don’t. It very often depends on how strong a person’s immune system is. If you become infected, your immune system may be your last hope. If it’s strong, your chances of survival will be much higher. Do not stress yourself out or become paranoid. When you’re stressed, your immune system is lower and you’re at a higher risk. Take vitamin C, fish oil, curcumin, garlic oil, zinc, selenium and vitamin D supplements. These will help to boost your immunity and give your body a fighting chance against the coronavirus.

Keep your living areas clean
Keep your house clean to prevent unexpected virus guests. Vacuum daily and mop your floors with water mixed with disinfectant/bleach. This will help kill any bacteria around. You may choose to use an air purifier to clean the air in your household, too.

Stay calm
Stay positive and know that several potential pandemics prior to the coronavirus have been effectively contained. This one will be probably be no different.