At this point, it’s likely that you’re concerned about the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV), which causes the disease COVID-19. You might be preparing yourselves and your families for the societal disruption that may come in the wake of the virus.
Though scientists and medical researchers are still learning much about the virus and resulting disease, studies have indicated that it’s contagious to others even before symptoms show, and that the virus is able to pass through droplets and from inanimate objects and surfaces. There is also question as to whether it can spread through the air in aerosols. The novel coronavirus may live on objects and surfaces for up to 9 days. Though the incubation period is 0-14 days, with an average of 5 days, there have been outliers who tested positive for the disease as late as 27 days following exposure.
Here’s a list of safety precautions that you can take to minimize your chances of contracting the virus.*
For official information in the United States, please visit the CDC. If you reside in a country other than the United States, please visit the Web site of your country’s CDC or Health Minister.
*Note that I am not a physician and that nothing listed here is intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. The views shared here are my own and not those of my employer.
Hair and Face
- Wear your hair back if it’s long enough to drag on surfaces.
- Shave your beard if you have one.
- Wear glasses instead of contacts – if you wear contacts, clean them as frequently as possible.
- Wear a scarf over your nose and mouth if you don’t want to wear a mask or if you can’t find one. Consider a reusable respirator with disposable filters in place of disposable N95 or higher masks. If you do use N95 masks, buy only what you and your family need. Make sure that you fit the masks properly. Surgical masks will not protect you from catching the virus, but they will generally prevent you from spreading droplets to others if you’re sick.
- Wear ear warmers or a headband over your ears. Wear a hooded sweatshirt or jacket with the hood up in crowded areas.
Hands, Body, Feet, and Clothing
- Wash your hands whenever you feel like they’re dirty, but especially after you’ve used the restroom, changed a baby, touched surfaces in a public place (i.e. doorknobs, elevator buttons, register countertops), etc. Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds with soap and water and make sure that you thoroughly wash under your nails, the backs of your hands, and your wrists and forearms.
- Take a hot shower immediately upon arriving home before touching anything, especially your loved ones and food items.
- Wear gloves (even winter gloves are fine) if possible when out in public, and don’t touch your face with the gloves.
- Wash all clothing – including reusable gloves – in hot water immediately upon arriving home, or use a designated laundry basket for contaminated items. Wear gloves when doing laundry. Favor fabrics that can be safely washed in hot water without shrinkage.
- Wear shoe covers if possible when in public spaces, and prefer shoes or boots that cover your ankles fully and can be cleaned easily with an antiviral sanitizer or cleaner.
- Remove your shoe covers and gloves before getting in your car or before going inside your home if you’ve been walking.
- Place your shoes in a designated area when you get home and regularly clean them off.
- Use antiviral essential oils like lemon and oregano (about 6 drops of EO per ounce of carrier oil to stay safe) on your feet to detoxify your body.
Vehicle and Personal Items
- Wipe down your purse, wallet, keys, etc. with sanitizer (at least 62% ethanol) or with an antiviral cleaner whenever you get home or in your car.
- Wipe down your steering wheel and door handles of your car often.
- Sanitize your cell phone whenever you feel it may be dirty, but at least once per day.
- Avoid handing your card to the gas station attendant, wear gloves, and scan your own card. If you pump your own gas, wear gloves and then discard the gloves before getting back in your vehicle.
- Wipe down light switches, doorknobs, sink handles, etc. in your home frequently.
- Regularly clean and sanitize your home. Sweep, mop, and vacuum more often than usual.
- Consider diffusing anti-viral essential oils like lemon and oregano.
Mail, Food, and Consumer Items
- Be careful with mail – you will want to spray it with a sanitizer or wipe it down with an antiviral cleaner before bringing it in the house. Discard large boxes immediately instead of bringing them into the house, and spray or wipe down the contents. Alternatively, you can place items in a designated bin and then clean them all at once. For a detailed description of how you may want to deal with packages, go HERE.
- Clean outside boxes and bags of food and goods before storing them in your home for use. Consider using a bin system – i.e. place all potentially contaminated groceries in a bin and then move them to a sanitized bin as soon as each item is sanitized. Make sure that you change gloves in between so you don’t re-contaminate your sanitized items.
- Stock up on at least 2 weeks to 30 days of groceries, toiletries, medication, vitamins, and other essentials if possible. Even if there isn’t a home quarantine in your area, the supply chain may be disrupted, and grocery stores and other public spaces are high-contamination zones that you may prefer to avoid. Don’t hoard items and stress the system more than necessary.
- Check regularly purchased items to determine what’s made in China. Buy extra of those items that are in case the supply chain is stressed, and/or consider an item that isn’t dependent on the Chinese supply chain.
Personal Activities and Wellness
- Don’t eat out if you can avoid it; if you do eat out, choose restaurants with a high level of cleanliness.
- Avoid large public events like concerts, sports games, and spiritual gatherings if possible.
- Avoid public transit, air travel, and cruises. If you must use public transit or travel, avoid touching shared surfaces, wear gloves and a scarf, and keep to yourself.
- Work at home if possible.
- Have a ready supply of books and non-Internet-based entertainment.
- Keep batteries, candles, and flashlights on hand. Make sure your devices are charged and extra batteries are charged.
- If you have any devices you MUST use during a power outage – especially things like breast pumps, medical devices, etc. – make sure that you have battery packs or another alternative mode of power for them.
- Keep your vibration as high as possible. Check out my list of activities to raise your vibration HERE, a list of crystals to raise your vibration HERE, a message from Kali HERE, and my Raise Your Vibration Session and other applicable sessions HERE. If you’re experiencing anxiety, fear, or any other low-vibration emotions that you’d like support in managing, check my available on-demand sessions. Applicable categories of on-demand sessions include emotional healing and energetic maintenance.
- Keep yourself as healthy as possible. Eat well, sleep enough, and drink plenty of water. Take vitamins and supplements to boost your immune system; some of my favorites are enteric-coated oregano oil capsules (I personally use the NOW Foods brand), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and olive leaf. Energy healing can help before symptoms hit a physical stage – check out my Immunity Session, Wellness Session, and other applicable sessions HERE. If you’re interested in a combination of energy-healing sessions to bolster your vibration and upgrade your immunity, check out my featured on-demand session packages HERE.
So much love to each of you as you’re preparing for and going through this time. Stay strong and be well.