I really never thought I’d see the day when we’d all be stuck at home for over a month due to a pandemic. But it’s reality. Things are not going to be the same for a while… maybe a long while. There’s no cure for Covid-19, supportive care is all we can get if we are hospitalized. A vaccine will take at least 18-24 months to develop and even then they have to do a lot of testing to make sure it works. We don’t even know if ECQ will become GCQ on May 16. Even if it does, GCQ is still a form of quarantine so things will be far from the way they were before.
Covid-19 is scary because if you get it, you can die. Sure, more people recover than perish but who can say which part of the statistic you’ll find yourself in? That said, we have to be extra extra careful. I’m no doctor or medical expert but I’d like to share some of the measures we’re taking to minimize covid-19 risk at home.
Ever since this started, I’ve assigned one pair of shoes that I use every time I go out. I leave it outside the door because the virus can live on for days on your shoes. I’ve also stopped wearing accessories (watches, bracelets, etc) when I go out because it just means more things to disinfect when I get home. Of course I always have a mask on when I leave the house.
We got a water purifier back in 2017 and we haven’t had drinking water delivered ever since. We used to order 3-4 containers of water every week and it entailed the water delivery guy carrying them all the way inside the house. I couldn’t be happier and more secure when we stopped having needing their services. These days, the less strangers you let in your house, the better.
Some years ago we switched to induction cookers, which eliminates the need for gasul delivery. Same story — we used to have to order a big gasul tank which the delivery person had to carry all the way into our kitchen. None of that now. Our electrical consumption did not change much after switching to this too. I learned to cook on this so having no fire doesn’t bother me at all. We’ve also eliminated the danger of gas leaks and having a fire start from the kitchen.
When our helper of 15 years decided to leave before ECQ, we did not try to stop her. Instead, we automated our home. We got a washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher to help us with the house chores. It helps that the kids are both teens so they can pitch in what needs to be done. We’re actually relieved that she left because I’m hearing about so many helper problems from acquaintances, most concerning their days off.
I wash most produce with hard skins (ex: citrus fruits, melons, carrots, apples, etc) with Perla soap and water. Perla isn’t like most strong chemical-based detergents. It’s coconut oil-based and people actually use it to take a bath or wash their faces. Soap and water can kill the virus. For leafy vegetables, I wash them with running water and then soak them in a salt-vinegar-water solution.
If ECQ is converted to GCQ we will still maintain our ECQ lifestyle. That means no going out unless necessary, by necessary I mean supply runs, bank errands (to pay bills), and maybe work if we can actually work by then. Will most probably have meat and produce delivered as I don’t want to go to the market. Someone I personally know caught Covid-19 manning his meat stall in Agora and died, so crowded places like wet markets really are definitely deadly.
Minimizing Covid-19 risk at work (if and when we go back to work) is a whole different story though.
As I’ve mentioned earlier I’m not a medical expert, but these are just some of the things we’re doing to try and keep our home safe from Covid-19.
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