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  • Writer's pictureHeather Petrone

Don't Be A Good Host..for Covid-19

by: Brandon Currie & Heather Petrone

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) sweeps across the globe, we have to be hyperaware of our environment and personal hygiene. Viruses are so “successful” because symptoms do not arise immediately. Coronavirus spreads from host to host long before any fever, coughing, or shortness of breath manifests. Therefore, we have to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves and those around us when working in retail. This is a group effort to stop the spread of this virus!

The Coronavirus lingers... Studies show that the virus can stay on cardboard for 24 hours and plastic and metals for up to three days! Door knobs, cell phones, gas pumps, light switches, mail, schools, licked envelopes from mail, even packages… are all breeding grounds! Be careful of what you touch, especially your own face, nose, mouth, eyes, etc. If you have to cough or sneeze, make sure you do it away from other people and cover your cough! Use your elbow! If you’ve just coughed into your hands, you must wash them immediately which brings me to my next point…

Don’t be a good host! Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after sneezing or coughing into your hands. If soap and water isn’t available, the CDC recommends to use a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Clean and disinfect all the surfaces you frequently touch (diluted bleach works just fine)! If you feel sick, STAY HOME or get virtual medical care. Do not go to hospitals if you can avoid it. There are plenty of virtual apps online now such as TeleDoc and Doctor on Demand. If you are sick and MUST go to a doctor’s office or ER, alert them beforehand and wear a face-mask around other people .

Boost your Immune System! Think about what you are feeding your body at this time. It’s suggested that viruses and bacteria thrive in an acidic body. To make your body alkaline, consider cutting out or greatly reducing sugar, dairy, and meats with high cholesterol from your diet. Increase your fruits and veggies, instead. Oranges, elderberries, celery, onion, and spices like ginger, garlic, thyme are known to have anti-viral properties. Supplements like zinc sulfate, vitamin C, and vitamin B12 can help you fight off a virus, as well. Always consult a doctor before altering your diet.

Social Distancing! Remember, the number one best precaution is social distancing, or staying a distance of six feet from others when possible. Do not gather in groups of 10 people or more. Ask your workplace if there are systems in place where you can work from home if possible.

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