Some people have always made a habit of avoiding germs by washing their hands and using hand sanitizer. Some others, not so much. However, in light of the COVID-19 situation, I think it’s time for all of us to embrace germophobia and begin sanitizing against Coronavirus.
Our goal is to fight against germy droplets from a sneeze or runny nose. The virus enters the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. For this reason, avoid touching your face.
There are lots of detailed articles on how to fight COVID-19. Here’s how to get started:
- Washing your hands is the best weapon against possible contact with germs. With this in mind, use lots of soap and wash for about 20 seconds – that’s the Happy Birthday song 2x.
- The next best way to sanitize against Coronavirus germs is to use hand sanitizer. Check the label to make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol. Rub a generous amount on your hands (including in between the fingers) for at least 20 seconds or until it’s dry. It’ll remain effective until you touch something with the virus on it
- At home, drench any hard surface such as counters, tables, doorknobs, etc. with a household cleaner. A spray provides the most coverage. Look for one that’s designed to kill 99.99% of the germs. Be sure to let it sit for 10 min before you wipe it dry.
- Use sanitizing sheets on cell phones, computer keyboards, and any other electronic device that you suspect may be hiding germs and bacteria.
- Here’s a link to CDC approved antimicrobial products.
Sanitizing against Coronavirus is important when you’re out and about, too.
When you’re out in public, things like credit card keypads, doorknobs, handrails, etc., could be hiding germs. Just wash your hands or use hand sanitizer ASAP.
Many cleaners and hand sanitizers are in short supply. How can you make your own?
Here’s a simple recipe for hand sanitizer:
- 2 parts rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol)
- 1 part aloe vera gel
Thoroughly mix together and dispense out of a pump bottle.
Spray cleaners and wipes are easy to make at home, too.
wikiHow’s recommendations can be found here. Please note, some of these mixtures suggest using vodka. My research says to stick with 99% isopropyl alcohol.
I hope this short guide helps you get started in the battle against COVID-19. Stay strong! Also, take a look at this Dance Safari post, “5 Health and Wellness Goodies That I’m Never Without“.
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