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Update: February 2020

Practical Tips for Staying Healthy

There are many things you can do to minimize your risk without holing up like a hermit. Here are a few of the precautions we take every day:

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  • Wash your hands. A lot. Soap between your fingers, don't forget your thumbs and finger tips. Sing the Alphabet Song while applying soap, then rinse.

  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. If you do touch your face gunk, wash your hands.

  • If "stuff" is spreading like wildfire in your region, wear a surgical mask when in close quarters with others, or at the grocery store. We do this at work when necessary. The key to the effectiveness of the mask is wearing it properly so there's no space or openings between the mask and your face. Also, don't reach under the mask to scratch your face. And if you do, don't put that mask back on.

  • Monitor your temperature. If it spikes, stay home from work out of consideration for other commuters and your coworkers.

  • Wear leather gloves at the gas pump.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Shower and shampoo as soon as you get home, and put the clothes you were wearing straight into the hamper. Set yourself and your family up to make this easy. Put a hamper by the door, and hang clean robes for each family member to use from the door to the shower.

  • Leave your shoes at the door. (Have a set of indoor slippers at the ready if your floor's cold.)

  • Carry your own pen for signing receipts when you're shopping.

  • Learn to use smart phone pay systems, and get them set up now so you can avoid having to touch the credit card swiper or sign anything at checkout counters or gas stations.

  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces two to five times a day, depending on the number of people using them. Surfaces would include doorknobs, countertops (don't forget the edges), light switches, shared keyboards and mouses, printer keypads, shared phones, water cooler buttons, fridge handles, sink handles, toilet handles, remote controls and all on/off switches . . .

  • Wipe down tablets or smart phones frequently through the day, especially if you share them with others.

  • If someone in your house isn't well, separate their toothbrush, give them separate hand towels, launder bedding frequently (wear a face mask while in their room, handling the bedding and laundry), consider using disposable/compostable dishes, utensils and papertowels.

  • Air out the building (or the office, floor, classroom) once a day for about 15-20 minutes. It's a short time of being chilly, but it pays off with not breathing in stuffy air full of everything your coworkers or family have been exhaling!

  • Set up humidifiers in your home and office during the colder months when indoor air is dry. Give your humidifier a thorough cleaning once a week to ensure nothing is growing in there and then travelling out into the air.

  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow. Teach your kids to to this. Remind friends and coworkers to do this, too.

  • Maintain good toothbrush hygiene! Replace your toothbrush regularly — especially after an illness, and keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.

  • Get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep may profoundly impact your body's immune function.

  • Wash your hands. Often. (See bullet #1!)

While we're on the subject of practicality . . .
"Gear Up" Tips

Should you and your family find yourselves at home for an extended period of time due to illness, it is helpful to have the supplies you need on hand. We suggest you prioritize and gear up in pieces so it doesn't seriously impact your budget.

One way to quickly get the ball rolling is to buy extra non-perishable foods with your regular groceries each week. Also, if you are able, buy an extra supply of the prescription medicines you or your family members need to take regularly.

We'll continue to update this page with new tips. Each time we do, we'll post a new link on our home page. And when we make significant changes or additions, we'll send out an announcement through our email service.

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Another way to ease stress and worry in the face of the unknown, is to cover your bases on the things you know you will need. Of course, we encourage everyone to have their Perelandra Disaster "Go" Bag hanging by your door so you can easily grab it on your way out the door if you need to leave quickly. It's also handy if you find yourself holed up at home for an extended period of time.

What about a good ol' First Aid Kit?
Do you have one? Do you know where it is? Does it cover any special needs for anyone in the household? Is it up to date? Do you have a First Aid Kit for your companion animals?

Below are some good checklists to help you figure out what you might still need. Each time you're out shopping, check your list and add one of those items to your cart. Knowing you will have what you need if you need it, will go a long way toward easing your daily stress levels. (Keep extra 1/2-oz. bottles of ETS for Humans and ETS for Animals in your kit as well.)

  • We came across this first one when searching "first aid kits" online. We don't have any connection, and including the link here isn't an endorsement. We just thought she provided excellent, practical information about what to include in your first aid supplies. And we love the way she organized the kit! Food Storage Moms: First Aid Kit Checklist

  • American Red Cross: Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

  • Or take it up a notch with the Red Cross checklist for What You Need in a Survival Kit.

What you'll need for your companion animals will be much of the same items in your first aid kit, with a few variations depending on the animal(s) like an extra thick towel or an Elizabethan collar.

Bonus Tip: Download the Red Cross First Aid Mobile Apps now. Then you won't have to take any additional steps if you need the information in a crisis or emergency.