You can’t see it – yet, the tiny, potentially lethal coronavirus can be anywhere. Certainly the one place we don’t want it in our homes – so how do we lock it out?
Dr. Cass Ingram, author of Natural Cures for Killer Germs, walks us through some simple steps for corona-proofing our homes and living spaces – increasing our chances of being healthy and infection-free as the virus spikes in the weeks ahead.
Six ways to “Just say no” to COVID-19.
1. Start by creating a clean, coronavirus-free living environment. Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces including door handles, light switches, counters, faucets, appliance tops, and all frequently touched surfaces. Don’t forget bathroom sinks and toilet seats.
2. Establish a coming-home decontamination procedure. Have everyone come in through the same door, preferably one close to a sink. Put a sign on the door reminding those entering to remove shoes and wash their hands. Stock the sink area with soap and paper towels. While there, clean items you touch and carry, such as your keys, cellphone, wallet and purse handle.
(Note: If you’re coming home after being in a high-risk environment, like a doctor’s office or emergency room, remove your clothes and put them straight into the washing machine, then take a shower.)
3. Routinely wipe your steering wheel, dashboard and door handles with disinfectant.
4. When shopping for groceries, don’t touch items you don’t intend to buy. Put grocery bags in your trunk, not inside the car. Once home, put grocery bags in a “transition zone”. After you wash your hands, unload groceries and wipe down cartons and cans as you put them away. Wash fruits and vegetables. Place empty bags outside, directly into the recycle bin, and clean the counter.
5. Ask all visitors to remove shoes and wash their hands. Then keep your distance. When the cable guy comes in, don’t get close. When he leaves, disinfect what he’s touched, including cable boxes and remote controls.
6. Disinfect the indoor air with essential oil mists and sprays. Some studies say the virus can travel viaaerosol transmission, which means it can float a long distance through the air, (much more than 6 feet) and cause infection later when it is breathed in. Spraying living spaces with essential oils of oregano destroys the outer membrane of airborne viruses, rendering them incapable of attaching to a human host. Essential oils can also be consumed to mitigate coronavirus symptoms, per recent anecdotal reports.
It’s important to remember that you cannot become infected by merely touching the virus. It cannot pass through the skin, only through a mucosal membrane. So, keep hands washed and refrain from touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping coronavirus at bay.
About Dr. Cass Ingram
Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). He is one of North America's leading experts on the health benefits and disease-fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows and has authored more than 20 books on natural health.