By now everyone has not only heard about COVID-19 – we can all agree – COVID 19 is a total mess. This new coronavirus outbreak has had everyone on edge and some of us in a bit of a panic I am sure. Just a few weeks ago, The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the COVID 19 outbreak a global pandemic. The world has seen alcohol and toilet papers run out in a blink of an eye. Many countries have been placed under quarantine and lockdown. Local and international travel have been restricted. Schools were closed early. Most establishments have already closed and where ever possible implemented work from home arrangements for employees. Social gatherings and events have been canceled. We’re each doing our part in social distancing to avoid contact with others and minimise the spread of the virus.
But how did we come to this situation we are in?
Last December, pneumonia of an unknown disease was detected in Wuhan, China. It was later identified by the World Health Organisation as the new coronavirus and has since spread to people.
As the virus has spread, we have seen many people with mild illness. Some people have experienced serious illness, and then many have now also tragically died from complications.
Because the virus is entirely a new strain, researchers, doctors and other health officials are learning about it every day to see how it will continue to affect those people who are at the highest risk.
Who are at risk?
We’re all at risk, however primarily, older adults seem, to be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. People who have pre-exisiting medical conditions such as the following also are at the highest risk:
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease / respiratory issues
- Compromised Immune Systems
How does COVID-19 spread?
The coronavirus is suspected to spread from person to person when we are in close contact (within about 6 feet of another person) and through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneezes. These droplets can penetrate into the lungs when it lands near the mouths or noses of people who are in close proximity.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Some of the reported symptoms include mild to severe illness, and death for those with confirmed COVID-19 cases. But watch out for these symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
How can you protect yourself and your family from COVID-19?
While there is not yet a vaccination to prevent the coronavirus disease in sight, there are ways you can keep you and your family safe during the outbreak:
1. Wash your hands frequently.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water no less than 30 seconds and in warm water.
- When washing your hands, lather your hands, including the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails and scrub thoroughly, then rinse.
- When soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitiser or alcohol. Hand sanitiser must have at least contain 60% alcohol to eliminate germs and bacteria.
- Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and teach this habit to your kids. Especially avoid doing this when you are outside of your home.
During this time, Euca is your partner in protecting your family from COVID-19. Hand washing is a powerful preventative measure to illnesses caused by germs, bacteria, and viruses. In our case today, it’s the COVID-19.
Try our different variants of hand wash below:
EUCA Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner – A new generation heavy-duty cleaner that contains natural Eucalyptus Oil and is perfect for all types of dirt.
EUCA Castile 100% Pure Organic Vegan Liquid Soap – With coconut oil, olive oil and Eucalyptus oil as main ingredients, EUCA Castile Soap is the pure organic formulation and completely biodegradable and eco friendly.
EUCA Botanical Hand Wash – Made from a delicate blend of botanical ingredients, this hand wash is designed to gently cleanse, condition and nourish your skin without drying.
Euca Castile Super Creamy Foaming Hand & Body wash – You have not tried a soap like this before. Its 100% natural , vegan and organic – based off a recipe from the 1700’s!
2. Practice social distancing.
- Reduce your contact with other people, especially those who are sick. Always keep a distance when around people in public areas.
- Stay at home as much as possible and avoid engaging with social activities outside and in public places where close contact with others is likely to happen.
- Avoid places such as shopping malls, restaurants and bars, movie theatres, stadiums, and churches [which should be easy as most are now closed]
- Keep your kids at home if they are feeling ill and keep them away from people who are sick.
3. Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or by using the inside of your elbow.
- Make sure to throw any used tissues in the trash bin immediately.
- Wash your hands immediately with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.
- Teach your family members, especially the kids to practice this habit.
4. Wear a protective face mask.
- If you are sick, wear a protective masks (N95 or surgical mask). Masks offer protection as they can block liquid droplets, however, keep in mind that they do not block smaller aerosol particles.
- If you can’t wear a mask for some reason, you should do your best to cover up when sneezing and coughing.
- If you are not sick, there is no need for you to be wearing a mask. Face masks are currently in short supply and it should be saved for those who badly need them*. [*Based on Australian Government advice at 14/04/2020]
5. Clean and disinfect your homes.
- Maintain cleanliness in your home. Clean and disinfect your home – especially every touch surface of your home using eco friendly household cleaning sprays and disinfectants.
- Touch surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, remote controls, faucets, toilets, and sinks [to name a few examples].
- Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys you have at home and dry them completely [in the dryer where ever possible – if it is safe for the toy].
A clean home is a safe home.
Try the EUCA Disinfectant Commercial Grade Cleaner – Concentrated with powerful but natural cleaning formula, it is ideal to use in toilets, bathrooms, showers, walls and floors. It is also suitable to use in food preparation areas.
6. Keep informed.
Stay updated with current news about the situation from reliable news sources.
COVID-19 is a virus that knows no discrimination. The number of cases worldwide continues to rise. Many high profile personalities and celebrities have also been impacted. There’s no downplaying the magnitude of COVID-19 outbreak. It is here and it is spreading very quickly. Even if you don’t have underlying health conditions related to COVID-19, you still need to exercise extra precautions to protect yourself and your family.
Stay home if you can.
Distance yourself from other people.
Wash your hands with soap frequently. Then wash it again. And again.
Clean your homes. Disinfect.
If by any chance you caught early symptoms, do the right thing and seek proper medication.
This may all be hard to swallow at first, but we all have to do our part to help our community and the world. We are all in this together.