When Should You Pay Attention To A Sneeze?  There’s a lot of talk about the coronavirus in china right now, clients have been contacting me and asking me ‘Annie, how serious should we be taking this, and is this more about media hype and scaring the ‘crap out of everyone?’

To answer that, just like I told my clients, I am not a doctor and I do not prescribe!  I say the most effective way I can help people is with ‘real’ prevention and immune building practices which I practice myself every day.  In other words, I’m not asking anyone to do something that I’m –

a) not prepared to do myself,

b) not qualified to handle,

c) because my ego tells me I should know better.

So, with that said, if you are sneezing your head off, and you know it’s more than hayfever, and you are not getting over it, then you have to pay attention to the symptoms, out of respect for the people you hang around with!  Read more….

This coronavirus which has started due to poor hygiene practices (as mentioned recently in the news - check into it before you roll your eyes) in food markets in China, has affected a lot of people already.  On Wednesday 26th February the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that there were 459 new cases reported by 37 countries over the past 24 hours, compared with 412 by China.

“The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

About 81,000 people around the globe have now been sickened by the coronavirus. More than 2,700 people have died since the outbreak began in December.

With Brazil confirming the arrival of Latin America’s first case — a 61-year-old Brazilian who returned from Italy this month — the virus now has a toehold on every continent but Antarctica.  How should we respond to this?  Should we panic?  Cancel our flights?  Increase our dosages of Vitamin C? Roll over and accept how the media are reporting this?  Frankly, I’ve always maintained a level head about these sort of things, but I can feel the vibration of fear rising and I don’t want to be part of the hype, I just want to bring back some level headed approaches to all this.

First off, if you are suffering from flu, or sneezing continually and experiencing an increasingly painful sore throat, you need to boost your immune system with some sensible lifestyle alterations, like keeping warm, not going in and out of air conditioning, eating less, but fresh, and resting. Yes, staying away from your work environment. You can’t be having late nights and you must reduce your ‘stress load’.

Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of illness and disease. A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by:  People catch flu’s and viruses firstly because the own immune systems are wiped out, and secondly because of someone else being a bit of grub!

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean handsdoTerra OnGuard
  • Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
  • Touching objects after contaminating your hands

To help stop the spread of germs:  It is said that the Coronavirus is like the big sister of the SARS virus!  Here are some other practices worth implementing:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Employ some good Gut health restorative practices.

Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:  We use On Guard Foaming Hand Wash.  It’s a must in every area where people wash and dry their hands.

  • Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands

Cough etiquette is especially important for infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as emergency departments, doctor’s offices, and clinics. More information on respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette in healthcare settings may be found on CDC’s seasonal flu pages.  I’ve spent many a time on an airplane where behind, in front or even beside me someone is coughing, I protect myself by using essential oils and keeping an even warm temperature!

One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick! If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.

If you are continually sneezing, you may have hayfever, reacting to pollens and dust, and an air purifier may be just what you need for your indoor life.  Keep an eye on your family members, keep safe, don’t panic, and don’t go into fear, except empower yourselves and take time to learn about your immune system.

You may like to employ some essential oils more regularly, it certainly has made a difference to the way we navigate our way through life, and makes me feel a little more comfortable in shopping centers and airports, where I find myself sometimes.

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