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3 Areas to Clean as You Prepare for COVID-19

3 Areas to Clean as You Prepare for COVID-19

To say that the spread of the coronavirus has redefined normal living would be an understatement. Entire school systems have shut down, businesses have closed, and many places have become ghost towns. Grocery stores have shelves that are completely empty, and let’s not get started on the toilet paper shortage. Social distancing is the new normal, and voluntary and mandatory decisions to have people remain at home are in effect all over the world. For some, staying inside is a beautiful gift. For others, the stress of working from home, the threat of the virus, and cabin fever are just too much.

Start Small

Not everyone is able to stay indoors for the next month or two, which means that at some point you could unknowingly be exposed to the virus. This could be a terrifying or stressful thought for you. Since you’ve been warned that the germ could be lurking anywhere, there are some small steps that you can take in your defense against COVID-19. Much of the advice coming from the experts concerning thorough and continual handwashing practices as well as deep cleaning and sanitizing different surfaces. You can also take measures to clean your diet, improving your health and immunity. These changes can also give your mental health a boost, which would be an added benefit in the chaos and turmoil that is lurking beyond your doors.

Decrease Surface Contamination

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has publicly announced that the virus is primarily spread through contact with an infected individual that is coughing or sneezing. However, there is still suspicion that the virus can live on different surfaces for a period of several days. As the social distancing practices have increased the demand for food and item deliveries or takeout, there may be contaminated packaging or items that are coming into your home. Touching those surfaces can spread the virus to other surfaces, and any contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth could infect an individual. As a precaution, you should be disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home every day. These include countertops, handles, doorknobs, tables, light switches, and keyboards, phone, remote controls, and bathroom fixtures. The CDC recommends the following procedure for thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

1.     Wear disposable gloves.

2.     Ensure the area where the cleaning will occur is well-ventilated.

3.     Clean the surface with soap and water first.

4.     Use a disinfectant that is on the EPA list of cleaning products approved against COVID-19. You can also use a diluted household bleach solution or alcohol-based solution that contains at least 70% alcohol.

5.     Wash your hand when you are through and dispose of any paper goods or wiped used in the process. Allow cleaning cloths to remain in a bleach solution to neutralize any potential contaminant.

6.     Do not dry off the disinfected surface. The surface needs the disinfectant to remain on it to be effective.

Look at Your Diet

When it comes to any illness or disease, a strong immune system increased your body’s chances of winning the fight. Cleaning your home can give you some peace of mind, but cleaning your diet and looking at your health can have a strong physical impact. Even though there are no known cures or vaccines currently developed against the coronavirus, you can take proactive steps to boost your body’s immunity and ability to heal and repair itself when injured. TB-500 is a peptide commonly used in anti-aging protocols, but when used in conjunction with a diet that is nutritionally strong and focused toward immune health, you increase your body’s natural defense against invading illnesses or damage. If you have been looking for a reason to quit sugary drinks, lower your intake of processed foods, and include more fruits and vegetables on your plate, then COVID-19 has you covered. By eliminating food products that weaken your immune response and increasing your intake of anti-oxidants through colorful fruits and veggies, you are creating a chance for your body to overcome serious sickness.

Address Your Mental Health

These past few weeks and the upcoming months will be stressful. You need to be proactive in caring for your mental health. Don’t clutter your mind with fear and anxiety. Though you may feel cooped up and isolated, there are still ways to relieve your stress and promote mental clarity. You can find exercise and yoga routine on YouTube or you can spend some time each day meditating. You can video chat with friends and family when you get lonely, or you can schedule a phone appointment with a therapist.

Keeping all areas of your life clean can help you stay well and feel better during the next few uncertain months. Stay informed, and stay smart as you address the changes and threats of COVID-19.


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Dr. Richard Smith, MD

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