The pandemic caused by Coronavirus puts us to the test of humanity, rigor, responsibility and the way we understand how to express our true love for our loved ones and for our world.
The test of the way our carelessness or superficiality can kill in the true sense of the word. We need a lot of rigor and responsibility for how we act personally. Let us be very careful with our hygiene and wash our hands often. It sounds trite, but it is essential.
We all should follow these simple 7 steps to protect our family from the Coronavirus and other viruses and bacteria at home:
- Remove viruses from the house using a chlorine-based disinfectant, as recommended by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.
- Be alert to symptoms – consult a doctor if you are worried.
- Take hand sanitizer with you wherever you go.
- Washing hands with soap is a priority.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Cough/sneeze into the elbow, not the palm.
- Tell everyone how to protect themselves.
Due to the shortage of disinfectants in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, as store shelves become increasingly empty, the World Health Organization – WHO – has published a hand sanitizer recipe that can be made at home. Here’s what are the ingredients you need in order to make your own homemade hand sanitizer, according to WHO:
- 8,333 ml of 96% ethanol or 7,515 ml of 99.8% isopropyl alcohol
- 417 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 145 ml of 98% glycerin
- sterile water or boiled and cooled water
Other necessary materials:
- a container larger than 10 liters, graduated
- a palette of plastic, wood or metal
- a funnel
- an alcohol meter
Method of preparation of your own sanitizer: First of all, the container is rinsed with a little sterile water or boiled and cooled water, to prevent glycerin from sticking to its walls, which is very viscous. Then pour the alcohol into the container, add the hydrogen peroxide, then add the glycerin and makeup with distilled water or boiled and cooled water until 10 liters of liquid is obtained. Using the palette, mix the composition very well until the ingredients are completely homogenized, then immediately cover the container to prevent evaporation of the alcohol, then leave to macerate for 72 hours. Then your sanitizer is ready for use!
Let’s stay home as much as possible to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. Let’s encourage those around us to do this too. Let us accept the decisions of the authorities in this regard, even if we, personally, find them too restrictive. If we apply the trick and unhealthy intelligence in order to bypass the rules, we (or our close ones) can pay with health or even with life. Things are not solved this time only by the competence of the authorities, but especially by the way we implement and respect the decisions of the authorities.
When washing our hands, an often overlooked aspect is drying our hands, which is an integral part of effective hand hygiene: it not only removes moisture but also involves friction, which further reduces the microbial load. And the transmission of microbes is more likely to occur when the skin is wet than when it is dry.
We all should stay home and move as little as possible in the coming weeks. We should approach physically as little as possible to those around us when we are forced to go out, in means of transport, in meeting rooms or in other crowded places. These are all simple and even trivial things if you wish, but if we do not respect them because they seem trivial, we risk to pay expensively.
The number of cases confirmed by tests is much smaller than the actual one. We only discover cases where the Coronavirus has already manifested itself and shows symptoms. The number of virus carriers can be much higher than we know. Many people can carry the virus without manifesting it. Those people may never get sick because they have a strong immune system, but while the virus is active in them without getting sick, those people can spread it around without knowing it.
The less we get in contact with other people these weeks, the less we reduce the risk of infections. The lower the risk of infections, the less sick people will be registered. The fewer ill people, the better the medical authorities will be able to handle those who are seriously ill, with an increased risk of mortality if not treated on time and properly. The lower the risk of infections now, the more lives that can be saved in general.
We are thus saving time for researchers to identify a vaccine. And all that means more lives saved by the fact that we behave responsibly. Yes, this time, the lives of those around us depend largely and primarily on our responsibility, not on politicians and authorities.