How much does handwashing really help to prevent the spread of Coronavirus? Let’s find out and let's rationally be prepared.
Statistics show that 30% of people DON’T wash their hands after going to the bathroom?
And of those who do wash their hands, only about 50% do it RIGHT? Many are simply wetting their hands quickly, with or without soap.
Statisticians who looked at how much proper handwashing could actually make a difference in spreading infectious disease calculate that:
If 60% rather than 20% of air travelers maintained clean hands, it could slow down the spread of infections by almost 70% (Source)
Read that again please, 70%!
Even just increasing the number of people with clean hands by 10% could decrease the rate of disease transmission by 24%.
Handwashing REALLY is one of the best ways to prevent global pandemics.
What’s even worse are the chemicals in standard soaps and foaming cleansers. You want to know what’s in the foam? Tricolsan. What’s Triclosan you ask? It’s an antibacterial hand cleanser. It’s also a hormone disruptor, thyroid disruptor, and potential carcinogenic.
The whole point right now is to boost your immunity, not add more chemical burden to your toxin load.
So what about essential oils to fight germs? I know there are many recipes calling for essential oil-based hand soap and sanitizers to help combat viruses. Many essential oils have been found to have antimicrobial properties in various studies (Source), including tea tree, lavender, thyme, peppermint, clove, eucalyptus, sage. Young Living's Thieves oil kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria, yes, read that again. This is an FDA approved claim for the ingredients in this power house immunity oil blend.
But the ONLY essential oil in studies that has been found to be effective against the coronavirus is Salvia officinalis, or Sage essential oil.
We don’t know whether sage essential oil is effective against the current 2019 novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Homemade Antiviral Antibacterial Antipathogenic Foaming Hand Soap For Sensitive Skin
- 2 Tbsp castile soap — where to find
- filtered water
- 20 drops germ fighting essential oil, such as thieves (my personal favorite), sage, cinnamon bark, peppermint, thyme, clove, lemon — where to find therapeutic grade oils
- foaming hand soap dispenser — like this
- Add soap to foam dispenser
- Follow with adding your essential oils
- Slowly add water, so soap does not foam
- Careful not to overfill, you need to leave room for the soap pump
- Add pump top and screw on tight
Enjoy and stay well!