The world has been gripped, over decades and even centuries, with devastating plagues, bacteria and viruses – some of which changed entire social systems. The black plague, from which millions of people died in the 1500 and 1600’s, left serfs in such short supply that the remaining farm workers and journeymen demanded wages for their labour for the first time.
The Spanish flu, which hit the entire world in the spring of 1918, killed over 17 million people (some reports think as many as 100 million).
Unlike 500 years ago, we are more able to detect the cause of such illnesses and can take measures to protect ourselves better, as we understand how they spread and how our bodies deal with them.
As at March 2020, we are assailed with Covid-19, the Corona virus that has spread from China around the world. But with modern medicine and instant communication, most countries have been able to prepare and educate. Even so, hospital facilities in some countries have been overwhelmed and the severity of this virus cannot be taken lightly. Those people already with health conditions, a compromised immune system, the elderly and very young, are the most at risk.
Perhaps this is a great opportunity to be far more aware of cleanliness and one of the best things to combat the spread of ANY disease is to
1. WASH HANDS
- After coughing or sneezing
- When caring for the sick
- Before, during and after you prepare food
- Before eating
- After toilet use
- When hands are dirty
- After handling animals or animal waste.
2. Do not touch your face!
When travelling, do consider your own health first and assess how vulnerable you might be to a viral attack. If you are elderly, or have a compromised immune system, have lung problems like asthma, then perhaps consider whether staying at home would be your best option..
But for everyone, always ensure that you and boost your body’s own immune system, whether you are travelling or not.
3. Keep hydrated
4. Get a full night’s sleep – every night
5. Take Supplements:
- Extra vitamins (especially C in mega doses)
- Colostrum (powder of pill form)
- Fulvic acid
6. Eat whole, natural and unprocessed foods and avoid sugar and refined food
7. Watch your personal hygiene with great vigilance.
- Keep alcohol based hand cleaners with you at all times in gel or spray form,
- as well as wipes for surfaces like trolley handles and public toilet doors.
8. Be aware of the water
In places where the quality of water may be suspicious, do not eat raw foods like salads, only eat fruit that you can peel and don’t have ice in your drinks.
If you have to travel for business, or don’t want to put off that important family gathering, be assured that, at Ninety North Guest House in Johannesburg, all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected (and you will be supplied with an alcohol based hand sanitiser).
Don’t let fear stop you, just be cautious and careful.
Check availability and book your stay with us here,
We look forward to welcoming you to Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.