Dealing with COVID-19 in Bali – coronavirus on a practical level – my checklist – what you can do about COVID-19 coronavirus – by Jelila, International spiritual healer, Ubud

Here’s a list of things you can do about COVID-19, that I’ve created from the many pieces of information I have read on the internet, it’s my personal list of what seems important:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Hand to mouth contact is the main way for the virus to enter the body, so wash it harmlessly down the plughole instead!
  2. Wear a mask – mostly to remind you not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes – which is how you could accidentally introduce any virus, including COVID-19 coronavirus, to your body
  3. Change your facemask frequently to avoid it harbouring germs – if you don’t have any masks, you can make one from a kitchen towel and elastic bands, or invent something else, there are videos on Youtube.
  4. At any sign of sore throat, gargle immediately with warm salt water frequently to prevent any infection from entering deeper into your body. You want to keep the infection from your lungs, which is where it could become dangerous. 1 flat desert spoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gargle but don’t drink it – it is an emetic and will make you throw up!
  5. Use antiseptic sprays and wipes to cleanse your surroundings
  6. Practise social distancing, staying 1.5 metres away from others
  7. Avoid hugs and close contact, don’t shake hands – instead I suggest using ‘namaste’ as a greeting with the ‘hands praying’ symbol (which reminds the other person not to touch you).
  8. If you cough or sneeze, do so into the crook of your elbow to avoid contaminating your hands. Avoid coughing or sneezing towards others and throw tissues straight in the bin.
  9. If you feel feverish or have a temperature, call the medical services but do not go there (because of the risk of contaminating the service). Call for advice and use your local helpline who will ‘examine you’ online by a series of questions and tell you what to do.
  10. Practise Social distancing, which is very important and is how we can slow the spread of the disease, and ‘flatten the curve’ of its spread, helping to avoid overloading medical or other services, which are vital to many, not only those with COVID-19.
  11. If you are in lock-down, enjoy your time! Take the time to do things you always wanted to do, but haven’t. Write a book, make art, cook, chat with friends over the internet, or take a course online – there are many, including lots of great free ‘how to’ videos on Youtube (look up ‘how to’ on Youtube).
  12. If you are in Bali and have Balinese and Indonesian staff, educate them! Share and explain this list to them. Reassure them and tell them how to act in response to the virus. There are also some Indonesian explanation videos on Youtube that can be used.
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