The Wuhan virus is still wreaking havoc across the globe.
Citizens of various countries are taking strong measures to stop the spread of the pandemic.
And this one survival trick could help protect you from the coronavirus.
The Wuhan coronavirus has now been confirmed with 1.8 million cases and at least 113,000 deaths.
In order to slow the spread of the virus so hospitals don’t get overrun with patients, widespread social distancing has been encouraged and enforced.
Since it is now understood that the coronavirus can live on surfaces for as long as a few days, people have been strongly encouraged to wear gloves, diligently wash their hands with soap, and disinfect surfaces.
Another item that can help fight the spread of the infection is hand sanitizer.
Washing your hands effectively before touching your face is the best way to keep from infecting yourself, but a sink with soap may not always be readily available.
That’s where hand sanitizers come in.
And one survival trick you can employ is to make your own hand sanitizer using mostly natural products.
While retail hand sanitizers can be effective, they’re also filled with chemicals like preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and other substances that could have harmful long-term effects if overused.
This is similar to the worrying trend of using antibiotics too liberally.
The main thing to include in your hand sanitizer is alcohol.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
“CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because hand washing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective handwashing and use of hand sanitizer in community settings was developed based on data from a number of studies.”
The next thing you’ll want are a blend of essential oils, which have been known to have strong antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Good items to blend include tea tree oil, Melissa oil (which has a citrus-like aroma), lemon, thyme, and oregano oil.
Once you’ve assembled the ingredients, blend them in a pocket-sized spray bottle.
One simple recipe includes 10 drops of an essential oil blend and 3 tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol.
Use dark-colored glass such as midnight blue to house the concoction.
Clear glass or plastic bottles will leave the essential oils more susceptible to UV damage.
After adding the ingredients, mix in distilled water to fill the spray bottle and shake well.
This is one simple solution you can use to help keep your hands clean and disinfect any surfaces.
It also has a fragrance that isn’t pungent.
Maintaining proper hygiene and vigilance will go a long way in combating the Wuhan coronavirus.