Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that causes illness illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a new strain of of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
Though some people’s illnesses will be severe, the vast majority of COVID-19 illnesses are probably going to be relatively mild, even asymptomatic. A recent report from China looking at over 72,000 infected people shows 80% of cases are mild.
Early evidence suggests the coronavirus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets that float through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can either land on you; making you sick, or they can fall onto a surface and take up residency for some time.
Newer research suggests that COVID-19 may also spread through feces. For example: A person doesn’t wipe efficiently, traces of feces cling onto their hands. If they then touch a doorknob, the virus could be transmitted to someone else who might touch it later.
Coronavirus can live up to 9 days on most surfaces at room temperature.
To disinfect surfaces, use a solution with 62-100% alcohol or low concentration bleach.
If using wipes, wipe once and throw in trash so as to not spread onto another surface.
Newer research suggests that a well-fitted surgical mask, in practice appears to provide good protection. According to an article from smartairfilters.com , even a cotton handkerchief would provide around 60% protection (vs 99% from a good N95 filter).
Note that this has to do with protecting the mask wearer.
As for protecting others, wearing a mask will help restrict your coughs (just like your using your elbow would), but even wearing a N95 isn’t great protection for others from you if you are infected, because often they have a one-way valve that permits relatively unfiltered exhalation.
• Stock up on bottled water, canned goods, and other non perishables.
• Stock up on any prescription or over the counter meds.
• Stock up on any items you may need in the event of a quarantine.
• Alcohol (at least 60%)
• Aloe Vera Gel
• Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
1. Fill bottle 2/3 to 3/4 of the way with alcohol
2. Add 10-15 drops of each essential oil
3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with aloe vera gel
Note: Hand washing with regular soap and water is always best for killing germs!
Boosting your immune system in conjunction with good hand-washing and disinfecting practices can aid in the prevention of coronavirus.
• Sweet Potatoes
• Acai Berries
• Green Tea
• Black Tea
• Sunflower Seeds
• Red Bell Peppers
**Elderberry come in various forms (Berries on or off the vine, liquid, & capsules to name a few)
• Stay at home when sick.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue (then throw away) or with elbow or upper arm.
• Wash hands often with soap and water (at least 20 seconds; sing the happy birthday song twice).
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you don’t have soap and water accessible.
• Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items such as phones, toys, tv remotes, computer keyboards, desks, door knobs. At least 3 times a day. Can use bleach water solution.
• Try not to touch surfaces and objects that are used and shared often.
• Try to keep distance from people who are sick.
• Limit hand shaking, hugging and kissing.
• Wash hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
• Wash hands before and after eating and using the bathroom.
• Wash your laundry with hot water.
• Most people don’t give bleach enough time to work its magic, though, so make a point to apply it, let it sit for a while, then wipe it clean.
• Use liquid soap as opposed to a bar.
• Dry your hands with paper towels, not cloth towels, to avoid spreading microorganisms around.
Growing vegetables and herbs in containers can be a very efficient way to add fresh healthy produce to your diet. This technique can be done where there is not a lot of space for gardening and with people who might have difficulty accessing garden space. You should start with a good size pot about 18-20 inches tall and wide, with drainage holes.
Start after all chances of frost, pots can freeze easier than plants in the ground. A potting mix should be used, over soil from your yard, the potting mix will be lighter and you can cut down on introducing weeds or disease to your soil. Find a nice accessible location that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. Make sure you check the moisture in the pot and water accordingly.
Potted plants can tend to dry out quickly. Do not drown the plants but keep the soil evenly moist. Give each plant enough space, even though they don’t have to meet the space requirements as if you were growing in the ground.
It is a good idea to plant vegetables and herbs together, and do some research on what are good companion crops. Growing plants in pots is a good way to practice low intense agriculture, efficiently use space, provides the gardener a healthy harvest, and the ability to improve their agricultural skills for even larger projects down the line.
Growing herbs is a great activity for beginner and longtime gardeners. Herbs can greatly improve the taste of food and for thousands of years African and other peoples have used herbs for their healing and health benefits.
The great thing about herbs is they can be grown inside, sometimes in the very kitchen that you cook in. All you need is a location that gets good sun, good soil, a container with good drainage and some of your favorite herbs.
Here are a few common herbs that are great for growing indoors:
These can be started from seed or you can start from plants. Below are a few instructions to starting an indoor garden.. This is a great first step in taking control of our heath, food supply and eventually our self-determination.
Supplies You’ll Need to start a indoor herb garden:
Steps to Plant Your Herb Garden in a Pot:
Pretty cool Herb Garden designs: