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With all the information circulating about the Novel Coronavirus, we are all bound to get a little overwhlemed. But don't panic; the best we can do is try to prevent the spread of the virus by doing our part: Wash your hands, stay away from others who are sick, and stay home if you suspect you may be ill.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is important to protect yourself from the virus, but you also want to do your best not to spread the virus to those who may be more vulnerable.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions, such as heart, lung disease, or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness, according to the CDC.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can range from mild to severe:
Four Ways to Protect Yourself:
One of the keys to staying healthy is to practice, and being aware of, good hygiene. Wash your hands often, especially after you shake somone's hand, or when you touch door handles or knobs in public places, public keyboards and mouses, shopping carts, or after using the restroom and before you eat.
Though most people wash their hands regularly, we aren't always aware of when we touch public surfaces and then put our fingers in our mouths simply by habit; smoking, chewing gum, or when eating candy or snacks.
More information about how to protect yourself, as well as the most up-to-date information about the virus can be found at cdc.gov.
How to make your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes:
2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
5 drops of essential oil for fragrance
Mix ingredients together in a box until blended, and then transfer to a bottle that will be easy for the sanitizer to be dispensed. Warning: Wear gloves if necessary-rubbing alcohol by itself can damage the skin if exposed too long.
2 cups water
1 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)
10 drops essential oils
1 roll paper towels
Container big enough for the wipes (for example, a large plastic cereal container.)
Mix warm water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oil together in a bowl. Place paper towels in a container that just fits them. I use a large glass cylinder container that was made to store food, but you could tear off the paper towels and place them in a large rectangular container. You just want the container to not leave much space around the paper towels, so they absorb the liquid. Pour liquid over paper towels. Pull the cardboard tube out. Pull the first wipe out of the center. Keep container covered.
You can also make baby wipes into disinfectant wipes. Simply add 1 cup of rubbing alcohol above 91% to the container, making sure each on is saturated with the alcohol.
*Courtesy of amindfullmom.com