The novel coronavirus, or CoVid19, has changed the way we interact with each other during the pandemic. We all have questions about what it means going forward. We’ve compiled a list of some currently available resources to help inform your decision-making. We hope that they help to ease our anxieties around what to expect over the next few months.
Soap and Hand Washing
Soap is your best weapon against the virus if you wash your hands properly. (Below is a WHO video demonstrating proper hand washing technique.) It matters not whether it is bar soap or liquid soap – its properties are uniquely designed to destroy bacteria and viruses. But don’t take our word for it; you can read an article in the New York Times that talks about why soap works in the fight against pathogens. If you’re looking for the perfect bar soap, take a look at our lineup of all-natural palm oil free bar soaps here. Of course, we may not always have a water source available. In that case, hand sanitizers or sanitizing wipes are the next best thing. If you are interested, you can read about the science behind hand sanitizers published by the CDC here. Right now, alcohol-based sanitizers are the most effective against pathogens such as these. Many DIY formulas exist, but it’s important that they contain the appropriate concentration of alcohol. Keep in mind that pure denatured alcohol is very flammable and should be handled with care in a properly ventilated area.
Disinfecting Hard Surfaces
If you are fortunate enough to have procured a suitable disinfectant for your home, office, car or other location, it is important that you utilize it properly. Wired magazine has a useful article on disinfecting your home here. In the absence of a commercial cleaner, good old soap and water go a long way towards removing harmful dirt and germs. You can also use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide in a pinch. (Use proper ventilation and keep chemicals away from anyone who is sick or chemically sensitive.) Surfaces should be kept wet with disinfectant for at least 1 minute in order to give the product time to work on the virus. It’s a good idea to read the label and avoid using a disinfectant on the wrong surfaces. Hand cleaners should not be used on hard surfaces and vice versa. For more information, read this Business Insider article on how long CoVid19 can live on surfaces. Soft surfaces are less likely to transmit the virus, but if someone has active disease, wash and dry clothing, towels, etc. as usual. Wear gloves and wash your hands afterwards to avoid any possible transmission if you are caring for someone who is infected.
Good General Personal Hygiene Practices
- Don’t use your phone in the bathroom – it may seem obvious, but phones can pick up germs from things like flushing toilets and water that splashes out of the sink. If you must keep it handy, place it in a baggie.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces with your bare hands. These include handles, doorknobs, phones, stoves and light switches. Get in the habit of using tissue or paper towel on these surfaces. Remember, you may have the virus and be asymptomatic. This will help prevent transmission to other family members.
- Don’t wear a mask unless you really have to. People in high-risk jobs like nurses, doctors, paramedics, etc. need them, as they’re in short supply. Of course, if you know or suspect that you’re infected, then a mask is a must when you’re outside of your home or near someone who is not infected.
- Don’t touch your face – this may be one of the most important habits to get into in order to prevent infection. Not only is it better for your skin, but it’s how respiratory viruses like CoVid19 enter your system. If you must touch your face, use a tissue, then toss it. The same goes for coughing and sneezing; practice using the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy. And throw your tissues away!
- Along with good hand washing it’s important to keep skin moisturized. Cleansers dry the skin and can cause it to crack, inviting germs in. Use an oil-based cream like one of our bestselling body balms with shea, mango, olive and castor oils to protect and soothe parched skin. (These are also great for “detergent hands” and dry cuticles.) You can read our blog post Ten Uses for Body Balm here.
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