Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – That’s Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it’s officially called. America’s Dad, and fellow Baby Boomer Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson just announced they have it. This crisis is real and isn’t a hoax. Heck, the NBA just canceled its season and travel is being shut down everywhere. Do you feel like you’re living in the Twilight Zone? I sure do.
I’m not a person who panics but now that my partner has departed this world, I’m glad I’m not hanging around doctor’s offices and hospitals anymore. Kaiser keeps reminding me that I need my annual mammogram, but I’m hesitant to go. At first, I avoided it because I had fallen and bruised a rib, but now, I’m not sure I want my girls touching that machine. Heck, I’m even nervous about taking my dogs to the vet.
But here’s the deal…
We can’t get totally freaked out and need to live our lives. Isolation isn’t a good thing for those of us who are designated as seniors even though we may feel as healthy as we did when we were 30. Obviously, it’s not a good idea to put ourselves in the middle of a crowded theater, concert venue, plane, or cruise ship right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay shackled to our bedrooms.
Just don’t be dumb about it
Avoid crowds like the plague because it is a plague. If you want to get out, go for a hike in the forest or hang out by the ocean. Spend time outdoors in the fresh air away from crowds if the weather permits. If you’re sick at all, stay home. Don’t infect others. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough even if you think it’s just an allergy.
Who are we supposed to trust?
I’m not thrilled at all about how the coronavirus outbreak is being handled in the U.S. From what I’ve heard, you can get more reliable news listening to the BBC or European stations. Listen only to experts like Dr. Fauci at the CDC and not politicians.
Here’s what I’m doing to avoid coronavirus and boost my immunity
Granted, I’m not a doctor and have no medical training whatsoever but overall, I’m healthy.
I’m washing my hands every chance I get. Any type of soap will do. I don’t think antibacterial soap or hand sanitizers are necessary. I use soap out of a pump bottle rather than bar soap because that gets yucky and can be shared by others.
Then, moisturizing– I was driving my car the other day and looked at my hands. It was shocking to see how dried out they were, probably from all the handwashing. My car is the best place to see stuff like that because it’s in natural sunlight.
Now I’m slathering on good old Vaseline Intensive Care. If your skin cracks from washing it all the time, germs can get underneath it.
I take homeopathic meds to boost my immunity – Sambucol tablets, are formulated with Black Elderberry and Zinc. If you start to feel any cold or flu symptoms place one under your tongue and then repeat every few hours. It relieves symptoms and works pretty well. Hopefully, it will work for coronavirus.
I also love sucking on Elderberry-Zinc lozenges whenever my throat feels dry. Nature’s Way is a great brand and can be found at several drug stores like Walgreens. I don’t know if it will help with coronavirus either, but it couldn’t hurt and is great if you have a cough.
Weird as it may sound, I’ve been putting a drop of Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil on my wrist every day for a decade and have barely ever gotten sick. I apply coconut or argan oil first and then Thieves so it doesn’t irritate my skin.
Before I started using it, I used to get Bronchitis all the time but I’ve only had one case of it in the last ten years and just a couple of colds. Thieves Oil was concocted during the Plague when robbers went out and looted dead people. Hey, it’s working for me so I’m a believer.
I’m watching what I put into my body – I’m a huge advocate of eating real food that isn’t artificial or processed. Read my post An Easy Guide to Smart Eating for Vibrant Health and Longevity. However, one thing I’ve been doing lately is using flash-frozen vegetables instead of fresh.
The reason is that people put their greasy fingers all over the fresh produce at the market and some of them may have coronavirus. When produce is flash-frozen germs die. If you buy fresh, make sure to wash it thoroughly and then cook it rather than eating it raw.
And speaking of grocery stores . . .
OMG! I went into my local grocery store a block away from my apartment and it was insane with lines up and down the aisles. You’d think it was Armageddon. Usually, I walk there with my own grocery cart that I bought on Amazon but it was raining so I drove. Afterward, I took an immediate shower and rubbed alcohol all over my phone, credit card, and purse. Ugh!
So, how about you? Are you freaking out or just going about your normal business? Do you have any tips to share that you’re doing to prevent the plague – I mean coronavirus? Are you staying at home or planning to jump on a plane or cruise ship soon? Please leave a comment below.