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Vital, Even Life-Saving: Advice to Prevent Spreading Virus Infections

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 18:11 PM
May 21, 2014

Catching-animal-diseases    Dr. Boring is on overseas assignment, so he has asked me (earthend’s Africa and Asia medical practitioner and correspondent) to issue this blog on preventive measures so readers should take in this day of globally spreading diseases.

Lizzie Bennett of Underground Medic writes:  “The single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of disease in a crisis is to keep your hands clean and keep them away from your nose and mouth.”

But she goes even further. “Wearing gloves when out and about will prevent you picking up germs on your hands. Be sure not to touch your nose or face until you have removed your gloves and washed your hands.”

In ‘Are You Ready Series: Pandemic Preparedness,’ Tess Pennington agrees:  “Keep your hands clean. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub or make your own natural hand sanitizer.” For self-made hand sanitizer, she suggests:

She suggests one cup of pure aloe vera gel, 1 or 2 teaspoons of witch hazel and 8 drops of essential oils, such as cedar wood, lavender, lemon, lemon grass, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, peppermint, rose, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, etc.

Ms. Bennett’s next step may seem far-reaching, but days are coming when it may soon be necessary:  “Have as little Cover-your-nose-mouth-prevent-spreading-germsphysical contact with ‘outsiders’ as possible and consider wearing a face mask or a scarf over your nose and mouth.

“In addition to forming a physical barrier to many airborne contaminants it minimizes the risks of hand to mouth contamination should you touch your face with contaminated fingers, be they gloved or not.”

Do you remember those days when thinking it odd that people asked you to remove your shoes before entering their home? Well Lizzie thinks that’s a good idea too:  “Make sure you remove outerwear, including footwear before re-entering your home. Mites, ticks, feces etc picked up by your outer clothes will not make it indoors if you remove them and put them into a bucket with a lid.”

After seven days, bugs are gone.  Also, “keep a tub of some kind full of bleach water just outside the door so that hands can be washed before entering. Pay attention to the area between the fingers, the tips of your fingers and your nails.”

For serious disease pandemics (which well may be coming soon), Tess Pennington also suggests: “1) Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand; 2) Have a supply of face masks to wear around those who may be ill or exposed to the illness;

3) Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home; 4) Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins; 5) Prepare a sick room for the home to limit family member’s exposure to the virus.”

Finally, Pennington closes with more excellent advice:  “Pandemic outbreaks are fast moving and vaccines may not be able to stop it. This natural occurring disaster is not one you should take lightly.”

But most Americans are not prepared for ‘normal’ illnesses, much less pandemics. Christians must keep in mind the slogan on earth-end’s plus-sized Christian t-shirts:  “. . . I Am The LORD that healeth thee (Exodus 15: 26).”

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