According to the Center for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine to prevent the Novel Coronavirus; however, there are ways to help protect yourself from this virus and avoid exposure and to practice preemptive actions to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, and bacteria. Below is a list of natural ways to protect yourself from the Corona Virus.
How To Protect Yourself From Viruses, Bacteria & Germs During A Pandemic:
1. Be vigilant in public places.
When you are in public, be vigilant of using public items like water fountains, handrails, doorknobs, gas station pumps, ATM's and keypads!
2. Wash your hands & practice good hygiene.
Proper hygiene is essential to the prevention of germs, viruses, and pathogens. It is important to wash your hands after touching any public surfaces before you eat, take vitamins, and also BEFORE and AFTER you use the restroom. If out in public and have no way of being able to wash your hands, you can use hand sanitizer as the next best thing. You can find natural hand sanitizer recipes online that use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, distilled water & essential oils. Just make sure that it has a base of at least 60% alcohol to destroy the Coronavirus. Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer can leave your hands dry & cracked. Open wounds on your hands make you more vulnerable to viruses & bacteria. Make sure to keep your hands hydrated & moisturized by using a natural moisturizer that doesn't contain toxic chemicals.
You should also brush your teeth 3 times a day, and rinsing your mouth out with a good mouth rinse. You can find online recipes to make your own mouth rinse that contain germ-killing medicinal oils like oil of oregano & peppermint oil. Make sure to read the directions carefully and research as to what's the best essential oils to kill germs.
3. Shower immediately after returning home.
Take your shoes off BEFORE you enter your home. When you get inside don't sit down or interact with other family members, you should immediately take a shower before anything else. Remove your clothing and put it into a bag to be washed, then get into the shower. Since soap & water are known to wash away germs, it's important to take these steps when returning home. If your not able to wash your clothes on a daily basis, hang your clothing in the sun to deactivate any viruses you may have come into contact with.
4. Don’t touch your face, eyes or mouth.
Germs can stay on your fingertips and hands hours after being exposed to certain viruses and pathogens. So avoid rubbing your eyes, nose, and face without washing your hands first. Also, avoid shaking hands or kissing others right now.
5. Use natural remedies to clean the air.
A majority of essential oils have antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. Using essential oils in an oil diffuser such as lemon and eucalyptus can destroy the active cells of airborne viruses, dust particles, harmful bacteria, and antigens once coming into contact with them. They also provide a natural clean scent instead of using toxic chemical aerosol sprays that can weaken your immune system. You can also use Himalayan salt lamps & pure beeswax candles to naturally clean & detoxify the air in your home.
6. Don’t share personal items.
Keep your personal items to yourself! Don't share items such as hairbrushes, make-up items, or toiletries. Don't share foods, utensils, or reach your hands into bags of food like chips or cereal. When eating foods like chips or cereal that is shared with the entire family, you should pour it on a plate or into a bowl.
7. Eat Foods that help boost your immune system.
Our first line of defense, of course, is the immune system. It needs to be prepared and ready to fight as it comes in contact with this highly opportunistic pathogen. Eat healthy and fresh foods. Stay away from unhealthy foods right now. For example, greasy foods, fried foods, fast foods, cookies/pastries or candy, that’s not what you want right now. Organic food consumption reduces your exposure to detectable pesticides by 30%. So, when trying to keep your immune system healthy, stick with organic foods if possible. You should also be taking vitamins daily, as they are very important to help build immunity against viruses. Here is a list of foods that are good for boosting the immune system:
- Citrus Fruits
- Red Bell Peppers
- Green Tea
- Sunflower Seeds
8. Stay Hydrated.
The lungs require moisture and a healthy layer of mucus to function at their best.
One of the symptoms of Covid-19 is a dry cough, possibly due to inflammation that is burning up internal fluids. 68% of people afflicted with this virus have presented with a dry cough. Your body needs moisture and fluids to carry immune cells and to create the life-saving mucus that naturally lines your lungs and digestive system. That means this is NOT the time for coffee or other highly caffeinated diuretics. It would be much wiser to sip on warm or room temperature water throughout your day, at least 6-8 glasses.
Even if you practice all of these methods, it's still a possibility that you may come into contact with Coronavirus and there are many factors that can come into play where you can possibly get sick. At that point, call your doctor or your local health department and they will advise you as to where to go from there. Remember, if you get sick you need to STAY HOME and self isolate away from ALL family members.
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