Coronavirus: How to Protect Yourself
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We at AnnBer Natural Skincare see you all as part of our community and family and as such, we consider it our duty to contribute, in a positive and proactive way, to awareness regarding Covid-19. The purpose of this informational post is apposite to information-sharing and education on the best ways to protect ourselves and our families, not to spread panic or fearmongering.
Keeping good hygiene and washing your hands and using an alcohol-based sanitizer is the most effective way to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Who This Virus Affects?
Firstly, if you are a healthy adult and you catch the Coronavirus, you have a high chance of being fine. It is like catching the ‘flu. It is more likely to be serious if elderly people, young children or those with pre-existing health conditions, weakened immune systems or weakened respiratory systems contract it. Keep your immune system up and you will be quite strong enough to fight it off. There is no need to panic.
Symptoms and Spread
The Covid-19 virus spreads from a sick person (who may or may not be displaying symptoms) to others via droplets and germs getting into the eyes, nose and mouth. But a sick person’s saliva can get onto other things such as hands, doorknobs, surfaces on public transport and public places, digital devices and pretty much anything they come into contact with. WASH YOUR HANDS, THOROUGHLY and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cough, Sore throat, Fever, Shortness of breath
There is currently a known incubation period of 1-14 days, should You experience any of the symptoms.
These are science backed, research-based answers that are correct and up to date at time of publishing. For more reading please go to the World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
And the Centers for Communicable Diseases website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Firstly, create a plan for your family/household. Sit everyone down and have a discussion about it. Make a list of emergency contacts should you need them in the future. Set up a protocol for your family to follow if anyone comes in contact with the virus. If anyone in your family is more at risk, e.g. an elderly or immuno-compromised person, then make sure they know what to do.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap or an antibacterial handwash. This is the number one way to protect yourself from germs. Wash long enough to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. And washing thoroughly means washing the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds.
Regularly disinfect and clean frequently used and touched surfaces.
Avoid touching other people’s faces.
Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes with your hands, as hands pick up germs.
Practice respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between yourself and anyone who is sneezing or coughing.
Avoid sharing items such as utensils, towels, tools etc.
Sick people can wear a mask to help contain their germs, and you can wear a mask to lessen the chance of contracting other’s germs, but this is by no means a failsafe and we do not recommend stock piling masks. Medical personnel and the sick need them.
If you are travelling, follow the prevention measures above. When you return home, self-monitor for 14 days to ensure you are not displaying any symptoms.
What to Do If You Are Feeling Unwell, Displaying Symptoms or Have Recently Been in Contact with Someone Who Has The Virus
Self-quarantine. If your workplace does not have a protocol in place, call in sick and explain why you are staying home. Stay home for the full 14 days and avoid all public areas and human contact. Then phone your doctor or clinic and ask for advice – they will be able to direct you on what to do next. Do not simply go to your doctor, clinic or hospital – you could be spreading germs. Call in first and ask for advice. If you do go to a public medical Centre and you are unwell, wear a mask. Wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of your germs to anyone you come in contact with. Treat the symptoms as best you can. Treat any coughs, sore throats and fevers. Do not take antibiotics (unless it is prescribed by your medical professional) – antibiotics are not effective against the coronavirus.
Protect and Boost Your Immune System
The old adage “prevention is better than cure” holds strong here, so you will want to boost your immune system. Healthy people are unlikely to exhibit acute illness or death from coronavirus. Make sure you are eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and managing stress levels. Take any immune boosters that work well for you.
What Products Can Be Used
Barring a very few, most products have not been tested for efficacy specifically against the coronavirus. So, use what you know to be antibacterial, antiviral and effective against germs. The CDC does recommend using minimum 60% alcohol for disinfecting.
Right now, alcohol is the most effective preventative measure. Use alcohol-based detergents to wipe surfaces. Use at least a 60% strength alcohol, as recommended by the CDC. You can use higher percentages too. Alcohol-based soaps, handwashes and surface cleaners are the most effective. Alcohol kills 99% of germs, bacteria and viruses on hands.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent disinfectant and is considered environmentally safe as it breaks down to water and oxygen
How to use: 3% hydrogen peroxide undiluted in a spray bottle. Spray onto surfaces, leave on for several minutes then wipe off. This is a bit expensive but we do have stock available should you wish to order from us.
Now that you are armed with knowledge of what to do and how to protect yourself, there is absolutely no reason to panic. Simply keep hygienic and healthy and carry on.