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My Rigid Covid19 Prevention Routine

As I mentioned in our friendly Covid forum, I strongly believe that the more knowledge and best practices shared, the stronger our fight will be against this dreaded disease.

And so, while sitting here this evening, I thought I'd share my own routine to minimize the risk; certainly not a prescription, but it is what we are doing now based on what we know as the risks today.

So you know, in addition to the stay at home orders (#TanAYouYard), we have been under daily curfews, which, by the way, have been extended for the Easter weekend.

But even with that, we still have to venture out at some point, especially for food, right?

So what do I do?
What are we doing to stay safe (and sane)?

Here's what I consider my (rigid) routine when we venture out; tough time means tough measures!

On The Road (Outside Of Home)


For the most part, the majority of out-of-home ventures are for food and grocery shopping and I take the responsibility for that in the family, and I usually do that early in the mornings.

The reason for doing it early is obvious; less exposure to crowds and therefore minimizing the risk of contracting it.

If required, I also do my Etsy store mailings/ shipments early as well.

And yes, I always have my small alcohol, no sanitizer for me!

The alcohol is the active ingredient anyway, and I don't trust some of these new or unknown sanitizer brands!

So first, I minimize the use of my phone.
I personally think it is a big risk as, although we wash our hands often (or should), we don't clean our phone as often.

And so to minimize the risk, I simply try not to use it while on the road (There is a way to clean your phone by the way)

And, as often as I remember, I rub my hands with alcohol (just in case my hands reach my face inadvertently.

I also rub my hands again with the alcohol, after each transaction, after leaving an establishment (including church) or upon entering the car.

I don't wear masks as often now; its a personal decision (I find that I touch it and my face, more often with it on).

Also, if not having a rare conversation with someone face to face, I keep my face away; I tend to turn my back as much as I can to people or crowds, just in case there is a sneeze.

BACK AT HOME...


Upon my return home I leave all bags at the back of the house, wash my hands at the back sink, enter the house and go straight into the shower, with due care not to touch anything before the bath.

The clothes worn on the road is also 'cast' in the clothes basket or in the washer.

I then return outside and wipe down all the items, one by one, with either Lysol, soap and water, or salt water, with due care again not to make any part of my body or clothes touch the items during that time; outside of my palms obviously.

I usually leave them for an hour or so before storage.

Why that, well I learned that the Covid19 can, not only live several days on surfaces, it can survive up to 3 days on plastic, and even longer on money!

Below is the infographic.

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I also learned today, via an NBC interview, that the virus can actually last up to 28 days in the refrigerator!

Regarding the salt, I learned that it is also quite effective against the virus and so I sometimes use salt, rather than chemicals, on the packages of more sensitive (or ready to eat) food items.

By the way, the car is considered 'road', and therefore, the same care on the road is practiced when in or with the car.

And my wife, who has to go to her office alternate days for now?

Well, same routine!

Whenever she arrives home, handbags and shoes are also left at the back, hands wash and shower et al. It is a beautiful thing when everyone is on board :-)

We also try not to put our hands in face as much as possible, yes even at home - just in case.

Of course, we never cease to pray (with or without Covid19 though)

What Do You Think?


Am I going overboard with this stuff?

And what about you? I'd love to hear what you are doing at home, at work or on the road to #StaySafeAndSane during #Covid19, click here to share.

Regards,
WG

P.S. And remember, to stay with the latest on the coronavirus in Jamaica, click here.

P.P.S. Next time I'll tell you how I handle money, on the road and upon returning home.

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Apr 12, 2020
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Your precautions
by: BG

Hi Wellesley,
Your precautions are great and a lot, I do agree with washing fruits and whipping all packages before putting them away.
Here in the UK i do most of that, when i go shopping i walk. My money and cards i keep in a plastic bag so i don't have to keep going into my purse. I wear gloves to pick up things off the shelves and pay. Once I'm out of the store and done shopping i throw those gloves away. Never take my phone with me . On returning home i wash hands put on clean gloves to take groceries out and whipe down. Things that are to be washed are put in bowl with water and white vinegar to soak for 30 to 60 mins then rinsed. Of course i change clothes and shoes for indoor ones. Washing of hands is very important and not touching of face. We should also remember using hand gels after using 3 times in a row they are not very effective so washing with soap and water is the best.
Thanks for all information . Blessings to you and family.

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Supporting each other to find remedies for Covid19
by: Barbara

I returned from Jamaica at the end of March.
I quarantined for 14 days and then developed a temperature.I drank fever grass tea bags I had bought in JA. Then my sister said she added the fever grass to ginger that she was taking for a sore throat and it gave some relief. I added ginger to my fever grass tea and drank. It brought my temperature down. Now I only feel a bit woozy.

Great opportunity for Jamaicans and others to export to the world suffering the ravages of the virus. What your suggestions for things that might help?

Barbara

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