Coronavirus Preparation: Help Prevent Covid 19 with These

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that has become a global problem. Fear of contracting the disease has caused panic buying all around the world. Local stores are running out of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, rubbing alcohol, and face masks for coronavirus prevention.

With stocks running out, read on to learn about alternatives on how you can protect you and your family from the virus.

Understanding Coronavirus

These coronavirus statistics will show you the latest update on cases, recoveries and deaths.

Below is a realtime reporting of COVID cases. This is an interactive chart, you can add a country on the chart by clicking the “Add country” found on the upper-right hand of the chart. You can also click the “MAP” at the bottom of the chart to see a visual of COVID cases in real-time.

 

Most people can recover. Those who are at risk the most are the elderly and those with a weak immune system. It is important to note that healthy people who come into contact with the virus can still pass it on to other people.

Symptoms of Infection

According to the World Health Organization, here are the symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Breathing difficulties or nasal congestion
  • Tiredness

Coronavirus Prevention

The virus can be transmitted via droplets through coughing and sneezing. Avoid getting sick with the following.

  • The simplest and most effective way is to wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • In the absence of water, use rubbing alcohol or sanitizer to clean hands.
  • Avoid touching the face with unclean hands, especially when you are out in public.
  • Observe proper hygiene.
  • Avoid crowded places, maintain a distance of 1 meter from other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • If you are sick, stay at home. People with low immune systems are more susceptible to the disease.
  • Should you feel any of the symptoms, call your health care provider at once and do self-quarantine.

Coronavirus Prevention with Alternatives

With supplies running low, it is best to know that there are alternatives that you can do to help protect yourself and your family.

Make Your Own Sanitizer

In the absence of soap and water, a hand sanitizer can be used. It is effective against Coronavirus as long as it contains at least 60% alcohol content. Here is how you can make one at home.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle, pump bottle, liquid soap container or your dispenser of choice
  • Label

Directions

  • Combine alcohol and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add 5-10 drops of your choice of essential oil such as tea tree, lemon, or orange.
  • Mix well then carefully distribute it into containers.
  • Label containers with stickers or masking tape.

Make Your Own Home Disinfectant

Aside from maintaining proper personal hygiene, it is also important to keep your home or your office clean. Coronavirus may linger on different surfaces. On average, it can stay alive for up to 9 hours.

The good new is, even with all these shortages, COVID-19 can be prevented by making your own cleaning solution. Below is a strong solution that you can use to clean floors and surfaces. This is advisable for surfaces that came into contact with feces, blood, urine and other body fluids.

Ingredients

  • Bleach (Sodium hypochlorite)
  • Water
  • Clean cloth
  • Clean pail or dispenser of choice
  • Gloves

Strong cleaning solution preparation

  • Protect your hands with gloves.
  • Prepare 1 cup bleach. Mix with 4 cups of water in a clean pail or container.
  • Pour the solution onto a clean cloth.
  • Use the cloth to clean floors and surfaces.
  • Prepare a fresh batch every time you need to clean.

Mild Cleaning Solution Preparation for Handwashing

With the same ingredients, a mild solution can be prepared for everyday cleaning.

  • Protect your hands with gloves.
  • Prepare 1/4 cup bleach. Mix with 1 gallon of water in a clean pail or container.
  • Pour the solution onto a clean cloth.
  • You may use this to clean floors, surfaces, and items that are frequently touched such as light switches and doorknobs.
  • Prepare a fresh batch every time you need to clean.

Source: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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