I am a good public health nurse & girl scout and believe in being prepared. I have no opinion on the track of this corona virus, but I am watching it carefully and preparing as I would for any potential emergency… as well as looking to alternatives that cause no harm and may in fact, hold solutions. Read this, consult your physician, adapt to your needs, stay well.
Interesting Video Clip
- I have the makings for these buffs, should masks be advisable (I googled it and found a pattern). At the bottom of this post is how you should handle the buff/or a mask. Masks/buffs are in fact a useful barrier, but ONLY if you use them properly. One of the definite benefits of these buffs, is that you can have several and re-wash them every time you use them &/or they become moist.
- Thieves EO would also be useful, I would think
- Vitamin C & Zinc lozenges for whenever you are exposed to something & for duration of your cold/flu
- Warm Wassail (Cider, honey, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, nutmeg (essentially pumpkin pie spice with extra cinnamon). this is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. If you have no cider, it’s great in a tea of your choice, or I’ve even made it with warm water when I ran out of cider. This is the least painful medicine you will ever take!!!! YUM!
….so the wassail is a wonderful preventative and since I have no blood sugar issues, I take this several times/day when I’ve been exposed to something or if I have a cold/flu.
If you have blood sugar issues, limit the cider and honey, but use the rest. Cinnamon has also been found to help stabilize blood sugar.
5. Proper way to handle a buff or a mask….
a. always from the ears…never in front where it will be moist.
b. best technique is to wash hands. move buff or mask. wash hands before do anything the especially the face.
c. replace when moist…(moisture allows the germs to travel through the mask or fabric), therefore if you use a cotton buff, it will build up moisture slower, but you might want several folds. I have an infinity scarf that I will use as a pattern, so I can wrap it 2-3 times and loop over head if needed.
d. you may want a fleece or stretchy/tighter one underneath to anchor it (like a fleece headband/ear muff).
6. A mask vs a buff? …this is not an exact science…so continue with all the recommendations that may come out from CDC
7. p.s. there is no substitute for washing your hands. Hand sanitizers are last resorts (a. hand sanitizers don’t work on all germs, and b. have been found to produce superbugs). We don’t need to kill these germs, just wash them away… we merely need to keep them away from us, and in this case, out of our eyes, nose, mouth…(the “T” zone). E.g., we merely need to wash them away. And for these same reasons, antibacterial soap is totally UNNECESSARY and in fact, harmful.
Stay well, wishing you joy, elaine