Over the last few weeks, we are seeing a mass supermarket hysteria in the wake of the COVID19 or Corona Virus Pandemic.
This means many people are hoarding or buying up supplies of items that can protect or assist with keeping you and your family healthy and protected. We are seeing shortages of toilet paper, antibacterial wipes, pasta, rice and meat in supermarkets but we’re also seeing empty shelves where the hand sanitizers used to be. How can you protect your family in this time of health insecurity?
A good way of keeping yourself protected from this and other viruses and germs is to maintain good hygiene, this means washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizer when there is no access to those facilities. Ensure you are cleaning surfaces daily with antibacterial agents, this includes counters, bathrooms, sinks, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, wallets, handbags, steering wheels, and computers. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and most importantly, stay home if you are sick.
You should be washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It is particularly important to wash your hands thoroughly if you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Follow these five steps every time.
Hand sanitizer can really be helpful when you are in a situation that does not allow for a thorough hand washing. There may be a lack of the product on shelves, but we have a really easy to follow recipe for creating your own.
Start with clean dry hands. You will need a funnel, bowl, spoon, and bottle for the final product.
Gather the following ingredients:
2/3 cup 99 percent rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol - the CDC recommends at least 60% efficacy for effective sanitation.
1/3 cup aloe vera gel - For hand conditioning and ease of application.
8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. We recommend either Orange or Lemongrass essential oils. Check out the efficacy of essential oils here.
We want to ensure that only factual and useful information is being provided in this confusing time so we encourage you to consult the CDC or your healthcare provider for accurate advice and information pertaining to COVID19 and other health concerns.