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Tips From A Jamaican living in Wuhan China

by Jody

A Jamaican living in China said this...

I woke up today to see that Jamaica has reported it's first eight case of Covid-19. As someone who has been living in China during the epidemic, I know Jamaica cannot implement all of the same precautions as China to contain it; not because of our government, but because of differences in residential structures and technology.

But here is what you can do as an individual, in addition to washing your hands:


  1. When you get home, leave your shoes at a designated spot. Don't walk around inside your house with shoes you wore to go out.

  2. Change your clothes when you get home, especially if you took the bus/maxi/taxi.

  3. Wipe down groceries/shopping bags with disinfectant wet wipes or lysol. Wash fruits and vegetables properly before eating them, especially things like lettuce which we eat raw.

  4. Don't use AC often since it circulates the air. Same for AC in cars and especially taxis! Here in China, we are encouraged to ventilate offices and homes everyday. Keep windows open, let fresh air come in.

  5. Strengthen immunity, get Vitamin B and C supplements. Eat more fruits and veggies.

  6. Please take extra precautions if you have to go to the airport to meet relatives/friends who are flying in to the country! Airport bathrooms - not a good idea!

  7. Sanitize hands/wash them after handling money, like when you go to the market and exchange a lot of bills and when you get back change from taxi drivers.

  8. Clean your car! Wipe down the seats, spray a little lysol. Even if you don't give anybody a drop, don't you go to work and sit in the office? Don't you go to the grocery and lean up against the cashier lane? Plus, sometimes the groceries go in the backseat. Contamination can happen like this.

  9. Finally, if you catch Covid-19, don't think of it as the end of the world. Take your pharmacy meds and bush medicine, quarantine yourself, and chill. Make a joke about it. Laughing about the situation is better than being depressed about it. You is ah Jamaican! Jamaicans are strong people! Nuff love


Wellesley's Note
This is awesome Jody! Very practical stuff.

On behalf of my readers, a million thanks for sharing!

To My Readers: If YOU have tips and recommendations on Covid-19, please be sure to share it here as well. Lets make this the most informative, helpful and resourceful Covid forum!

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