How to Protect Your Family from Covid19
Coronovirus, or COVID-19, is coming. It’s going to affect you. It’s going to affect your children and your wider family. People will possibly die in their thousands. The very fabric of our existence is going to be ripped to shreds?!? So, How to Protect Your Family from Covid19?
Suddenly all those apocalypse movies you watched have an educational benefit – you know what to do right? Isolate yourself and your family. Stockpile supplies. Arm yourself against intruders. And wait for some clever scientists somewhere in a lab to create the vaccine that will save us all.
Our newsfeeds show us empty supermarket shelves, desperate people fighting over toilet paper, people wearing hospital grade masks and the ever increasing number of those infected. The panic button has been hit good and proper. And panic is what we should do…. Or is it?
What if there was a simple solution to controlling this epidemic? What if you (yes, YOU) could protect your children, your family, your community?
What if we literally held the answer to the future existence of the human race in the palm of our hand?
Oh, and a bit of water.
Proper Handwashing is the best protection against most contagious illnesses.
Yes, Handwashing Saves Lives!
You got it – washing your hands regularly and ensuring those around you do the same is the single most effective way of stopping COVID-19 in its tracks.
A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that at any one time, only 20% of people at an airport have clean hands. If that number could be increased to 60% the worldwide spread of coronovirus could be reduced by 70%. 70% percent!!!
Just by people washing their hands!!
Even if that figure was achieved at just the top ten key airports, transmission could be cut by nearly 40%.
The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory secretions – saliva and mucus, essentially. An infected person touching their face transfers the virus onto their hands. That can end up on surfaces (supermarket trolley handles, for example) or directly onto someone else’s hands, they touch their face and bingo – another one to add to the tally.
But this chain reaction can be broken by just 20 seconds of washing your hands with soap and water, reducing any bacterial presence by 92%,. And it doesn’t even have to be antibacterial soap. In fact, studies have shown that antibacterial soaps don’t provide any more significant protection against germs and may even be causing us harm. (http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/say-goodbye-antibacterial-
In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, ‘Handwashing is like a do-it-yourself vaccine’.
So, we don’t have to wait for the men in white coats to do their thing after all!
There is a right and wrong way of washing your hands – check out this link where microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles from the University of Auckland demonstrates the best technique. Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice is an essential part of the process (although the chorus from ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is also popular and good practice for when you need to carry out CPR. One song, two vital health uses!)
And if you, suffer from dry skin and sore hands washing with commercial products, try one of our natural soaps. They are great for frequent washing as they don’t strip the natural oils from the skin while still removing all manner of dirt and germs. They are also easily broken down in water treatment systems (so you are saving the environment, as well as mankind) AND you’ll be supporting a small, NZ-based business. The liquid soaps are especially good for frequent handwashing and contain natural germ fighting essential oils. Just use in a foaming bottle and they will last you ages!
It’s a win:win:win.
So take that, COVID-19. You now know the most effective way of how to protect your family from covid19.
This is a very cool TED Talk that really brings home how important washing your hands is to protect us from all sorts of nasties.