POD POWER – part 3
Safety Measures Necessary to reduce risk of Viral Illness Spread
- Social Distancing with emphasis on CCP (See parts 1 & 2)
- Practice 20/20.
- Every 20 minutes drink warm fluids (hot water with fresh lemon is a great option)
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
- If soap and water is not available, hand wipes with 70% alcohol next best option)
- Cover coughs and sneeze,
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wave, or Namaste ??Hands for distanced greetings
- Wear a facemask if you are sick ?
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Shower and wash clothing immediately upon return from being out or at work.
- Leave shoes outside.
- Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Cleaning Solution Options include:
- Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- Diluting your household bleach.
- Complementary Therapies may help as well, such as:
- Daily Saline Nasal Rinse with Neti-pot (1/2 tsp non iodized salt per 1 cup distilled water)
- Vit C and D supplementation does help boost own immunity
- Zinc Lozenges is suspected to help, it certainly won’t hurt.
- Mindfulness and Meditation. We know when we are in “flight or fight” our immunity is compromised. Maintaining a calm home filled with laughter, kindness and meaningful interactions (even via technology) helps us stay in a healthy state of mind as well as body.
- Partner Yoga within your CCP can also be a stress reducing and fun way to engage in healthy movement, human connection and laughter.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
By Dr. Nancy Sutton Pierce
Health Educator & PR/Media Liaison
PRESS: Contact for PR or Media – DrNancy@DrNSP.com
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