5 simple hacks to help protect yourself from coronavirus

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Coronavirus fear is everywhere. The worldwide spread of coronavirus has prompted the World Health Organization to declare a state of global emergency. The only way to fully protect yourself from the dreaded coronavirus is to never leave your house and never have contact with another human being. Since none of us lives on a desert island, here are 5 simple hacks to help protect you and your loved ones from the coronavirus outbreak in your everyday lives.

HANDS OFF!

Maybe the Japanese have the right idea. They don’t shake hands, instead, they greet each other with a small bow. A casual greeting might mean a shallow bow with a small nod of the head. A more formal greeting can be achieved by a deeper, longer bow with a bend at the waist. Either way, there’s no touching. It may be time for the rest of the world to rethink the germy handshake greeting in the wake of coronavirus fears. Even politicians are said to be foregoing handshakes in the age of coronavirus. If you don’t feel comfortable bowing, and insist on still shaking hands, then make sure you always have a selection of hand sanitizers on hand to rid your hands of germs immediately before and after hand shaking.

DOGGIE BAG IT

Have you ever actually thought about how many public surfaces you touch every day, that hundreds of other people have touched? ATM machines, door handles, elevator buttons, grocery checkout machines. Yikes! There are a mind-numbing amount of germs present on all these everyday surfaces. And with the rampant spread of coronavirus, we all need to take every precaution when touching public surfaces. But short of walking around with plastic gloves on all the time, or running to public restrooms to wash your hands all day, what can you do to protect yourself from germs and disease? How about using a plastic doggie bag on your hand to touch all of these germ laden surfaces, instead. Your best choice for the planet are Doggie bags that are biodegradable. So instead, of exposing yourself to all kinds of germs, just pack a few doggie bags in your purse and slip one on as needed.

CHOOSE TO DIFFUSE

In the age of coronavirus, now is the time to really get to know the health benefits of using a diffuser to protect yourself and your family from germs and illness. Diffusers, when paired with immune-boosting essential oils, can help ward off viruses, and cleanse the air of germs and impurities. Many essential oils can pack a powerful antibacterial, and antimicrobial punch. Essential oils like Tea Tree, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus and Lemon, have organic compounds that, when introduced into the air in vapor form, can help remove airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Diffusing these essential oils can also help boost your immune system. So use your diffuser regularly at home, and in the office, to clean the air, and help protect yourself and your family.

TEA TREE OIL IS YOUR NEW BFF

Perhaps the best essential oil for protecting yourself from germs is Tea Tree oil. It has natural antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Tea Tree oil can be used in a diffuser to help rid your environment of germs, or topically, when mixed with a carrier oil. A simple way to get the germ-busting benefits of Tea Tree oil is to put a couple of drops of tea tree oil onto a tissue and keep it with you all day, and next to your bedside at night. Tea Tree oil can be toxic to dogs and cats, so do not diffuse Tea Tree Oil around your pets.

TIE ONE ON

There is not only a worldwide coronavirus crisis, there is also a worldwide shortage of protective masks. So you have to get creative to protect yourself from inhaling germs in your everyday life. An easy way to protect yourself from sneezing, coughing, and other airborne germs, is by wrapping a tightly woven scarf around your face and covering your nose. You can even add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to the inside of your scarf for further protection. You’ll not only protect yourself from germs, but if you are sneezing and coughing, you’ll protect others from catching what you’ve got, which is always appreciated at home and at work.