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Why I'm scared of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - And it's not what you think

Why I'm scared of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
And it's not what you think
Why Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dangerous 
for some of us who are immune compromised.

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Has the world gone mad? Seriously, if you're following the news and social media it seems that people have already been infected with some sort of sheep-like brain-altering virus.

People are flocking to big box stores, racing through the isles, stocking up on the most important and necessary virus-fighting weapon - paper towels. Yes, paper towels.

Since when have paper towels become the weapon of choice to ward off a virus?
And toilet paper?  This is a respiratory illness people - not c difficile.

Seriously though, it has to be a joke that people are walking around wearing plastic bottles on their heads and covering themselves in trash bags in an effort to avoid the virus.

Living with an autoimmune disease myself, I find this hypocrital, since those of us who have these conditions have been mocked just for wearing a mask in public.  Now the "normal people" are wearing plastic water bottle helmets and stockpiling their greatest anti-viral weapon . . . the paper towel?

But with all the propaganda and irrational fear, what is more concerning is that many people are running out to buy every anti-bacterial and disinfectant they can find . . . and with mob mentality are wiping, spraying and fogging these chemicals everywhere.

Am I making light of the virus - NO
Do I want to catch it - Absolutely not.
But I don't want to get the chem-flu either

Acute Inhalation Injury

We need to stop using products that can harm our immune systems and take a sensible & realistic approach to managing our health.

Many disinfectants have not been shown to work efficiently and have concerning side effects - some which can be worse than the virus itself.

Disinfectant sprays and wipes not only have ingredients that may trigger asthma, allergic reactions and damage the respiratory lining - they may even weaken the lungs. When there is a virus that could potentially cause pneumonia, the last thing we need are weakened lungs.

Most of these sanitizers and anti-bacterial products have not been solidly proven to kill all viruses.  In fact, some antibacterial products may only make the issue worse by possibly causing germs to mutate and even become resistant to certain types of medications.

These chemicals can harm people’s lungs and weaken the immune system - that's very concerning when a virus is circulating.


Hand sanitizers, are ONLY recommended to be used when you cannot use soap and water. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states:
Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals
When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)

In fact, amidst the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to Purell's maker, US company Gojo Industries, to stop its claims that the product is effective at eliminating diseases.

Research shows hand sanitizers do not significantly reduce the overall amount of bacteria on the hands, and in some cases "they may even increase it."..."the typical hand sanitizer, which is usually alcohol-based, strips the skin of the outer layer of oil, which normally prevents resident bacteria from coming to the surface."

Poison control centers in the USA have managed 3,260 exposure cases about hand sanitizer in children 12 years and younger in January & February of 2020 - That about 50 cases PER DAY!

Another issue with alcohol-based hand sanitizers is that they can cause hands to dry out, crack and bleed, which allows germs to enter the body. Your first barrier to any germ is your skin and you may be more vulnerable to infections if your skin is cracked or bleeding.  Following up with chemical-laden moisturizers only adds insult to injury.

Ingredients in Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Ethyl alcohol, Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

It comes with warnings such as: 
Flammable. Keep away from fire or flame.
For external use only.
When using this product do not use in or near the eyes.
In case of contact, rinse eyes thoroughly with water.
Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or rash appears and lasts.
Keep out of reach of children.
If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Aside from the main ingredients being linked to health conditions, fragranced hand sanitizers can have any number of fragrance chemicals, many linked to asthma, allergies, lowered immune functions and even cancer. 

The fragrance loophole in federal labeling law means that any number of thousands of ingredients can be added to a product and listed under one simple generic term “fragrance.” - this is far from one simple ingredient as it may appear.

And now New York State has released it's own scented hand sanitizer?  Why?  Have they not listened to the CDC? SOAP & WATER people - SOAP & WATER - shouldn't the government be handing out bars of soap?  

Once again, the CDC recommends SOAP & WATER!



Let's take a look at the ingredients list in some popular sanitizing products.


Did you know: You need to wipe your surface and leave it visibly wet for 3-5 minutes
to ensure that you kill viruses and bacteria. CDC  
Clorox Wipes

Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, Bleach Free Cleaning Wipes

Water (Agua)
Hexoxyethanol (Hexoxietanol)DL
Isopropanol (Isopropanol)DL
C12-14 Alcohols Ethoxylated Propoxylated (Alcoholes Etoxilados Propoxilados C12-14)DL
Alkyl C12-14 Dimethylethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride (Cloruro de Amonio Dimethylethylbenzyl Alquilo C12-14) -SEE QUATS Below
Alkyl C12-18 Dimethylbenzyl Ammonium Chloride (Cloruro de Amonio Dimethylbenzyl Alquilo C12-18)DL -SEE QUATS Below
Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarbonato de Sodio)
Citric Acid (Ácido Cítrico)
Fragrance (Fragancia)
Fragrance Ingredient (Ingrediente de fragancia)
d-Limonene (d-limoneno)DL
Myrcene (Mirceno)DL

It comes with warnings such as:
Causes moderate eye irritation.
Skin Contact Rinse skin with plenty of water. If irritation persists, call a doctor.
Inhalation Move to fresh air. If breathing problems develop, call a doctor.

The CLOROX label also states that if you’re using this product to sanitize you are to rinse the surface with water AFTER using a Clorox wipe, especially if this surface comes in contact with food. And that you must wash your hands after using this product.

Lysol Wipes

Alkyl (50% C14, 40% C12, 10% C16) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride SEE QUATS Below

It comes with warnings such as:
PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS: Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals
CAUTION: May cause eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes.
Wash hands after use.
Inhalation: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Get medical attention if symptoms occur.

Both Clorox and Lysol have set up pages about coronavirus, noting that they have tested products against viruses “similar” to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. However, there is no concrete evidence that they actually kill COVID-19 on contact. Source  

There is evidence however that the ingredients products like these can cause serious health effects and who wants to be sick when a virus is circulating?

People in a weakened state are more likely to catch a virus.
And honestly for those of us who are reactive, this chemical warfare feels like assault.

Disinfectant chemicals called 
quaternary ammonium compounds “quats” 
are toxic pesticides

Quats are pesticides that will remain on a surface long after you have cleaned with them. This means that you are exposing others (including those with allergies, children & animals ) to the toxic and dangerous ingredients whenever they touch the surface that has been wiped.

When you wipe down things in public places with these chemicals, you are exposing yourself as well as more sensitive people, children and those with allergies to a toxic mix of chemicals. You could be triggering asthma, allergies and reactions to those who are already immune compromised and compromising your own immune system. 

The EWG states that disinfecting wipes kills them by using antimicrobial pesticides, such as quaternary ammonium compounds or “quats.” These disinfectant chemicals trigger asthma, allergies and other health concerns. 

The CDC states when using disinfectants - follow label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Quaternary ammonium and Sodium hypochlorite have been studied and shown to have negative health effects when used regularly. Longitudinal research has looked specifically at exposure to glutaraldehyde, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and quaternary ammonium compounds (quats). All of these were associated with an increased risk of COPD of between 24% and 32%. They also contribute to poor indoor air quality that can aggravate asthma in children. QUATs have also been shown to possibly cause fertility issues in men.

"Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause toxic effects by all routes of exposure including inhalation, ingestion,dermal application and irrigation of body cavities. Exposure to diluted solutions can cause mild and self-limited irritation. Concentrated solutions of quaternary ammonium compounds are corrosive and can cause burns to the skin and the mucous membranes. They can produce systemic toxicity due to their curare-like properties. They can also cause allergic reactions.

Mild to severe caustic burns of the skin and mucous membranes can occur depending on the agent and the concentration. Other signs may include: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anxiety, restlessness, coma, convulsions, hypotension, cyanosis and apnoea due to respiratory muscle paralysis; death may occur within 1 or 3 hours after ingestion of concentrated solutions. Haemolysis and methaemoglobinemia have been reported infrequently."
Chemical Safety Database

Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride is a commonly used biocide that can cause lung inflammation and fibrosis. SpringerLink

Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride - This substance poses a high risk for human health. Benzalkonium chloride is a human skin and severe eye irritant. It is a suspected respiratory toxicant, immunotoxicant, gastrointestinal toxicant and neurotoxicant. Source

Healthy immune systems are needed 
to fight viruses people!

Focus on staying healthy, eating healthy foods, exercising and reduce your stress to help strengthen your immune system.

What has been proven to work and is recommended by the CDC is soap and water.

You have every right to protect yourself by following the CDC's guidelines by keeping your own hands clean, and staying away from those who are ill, but not at the risk of others, if you still feel the need to go beyond hand cleaning with soap and water please be sure you're not doing more harm than good.


And if you really don't want to follow the CDC's advice
I know - That Happy Birthday song - Just can't do it anymore

Try this one (Although be cautioned - It is NOT CDC approved)

Sang to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it"
Very reputable source (sarcasm of course): Facebook

Can I kill germs safely?
Yes - with soap & water!

If you find your hands are dry from over-washing use coconut oil or olive oil as safe moisturizers that have been shown to naturally kill microorganisms.

Again one of the most important defenses against any virus is a healthy immune system, using products that won't interfere with your natural immunity is a really good idea.

What to do when good 'ol soap & water are not available 

There are inexpensive, readily-available less toxic products such a 3% peroxide and vinegar - both have been shown to effectively kill viruses.

According to the CDC, hydrogen peroxide is effective at removing microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores. "3% hydrogen peroxide, a stable and effective disinfectant when used on inanimate surfaces”

Hydrogen peroxide is a foodservice safe and Health Canada approved disinfectant for COVID-19.
List of hard-surface disinfectants for use against coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Canada (Each will have to be individually checked for food safety) PAGE 6

5 to 6 per cent acetic acid is said to effectively kill bacteria and viruses by chemically changing the proteins and fats that make up these nasties and destroying their cell structures. Studies have shown that vinegar will kill off the flu virus. As part of research aimed at actually preparing us for a flu pandemic, UK researchers found that malt vinegar can rapidly inactivate the flu virus. US researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that a 6% acetic acid solution (vinegar) was able to kill even one of the strongest pathogens - tuberculosis.

If you don't like the initial smell of vinegar - suck it up and add some natural vanilla extract to it or you could even vamp-up vinegar's germ-killing power with a food grade thyme essential oil - as the EPA lists Thymol as an agent for "Intermediate-level disinfection" (Same level as bleach) – kills mycobacterium, most viruses, and bacteria with a chemical germicide registered as a “tuberculocide” by EPA.
Here's another - a simple citric acid solution - No odor, easy to use, gentle enough for people with chemical sensitivities, Citric Acid kills viruses, bacteria, fungi and TB.

Oh and microfiber cloths are suggested as a efficient (and reusable) product for cleaning germs.

Okay- If you still feel the urge to run out and 
buy a commercially tested product 

Then try the AllOrganic Disinfectant/Sanitizer which naturally kills 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and viruses 

Or EcoSolve. EcoSolve is the world’s only natural, 100% organic hospital grade disinfectant on the market. (IG MicroMed Canadian Laboratory Test)

These are simple ways you can battle the bugs without destroying our immune systems in the process.

Stay calm, stop hording unnecessary paper products!

I can't even believe I'm writing this again:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Stop touching your face (It's a dirty habit anyway)
  • Stay away from others if you are sick
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise
  • Drink plenty of clean water
  • Get proper rest 
  • Reduce stress (Social media is a big one)
  • And step away from the chemical disinfectants - you might just be doing everyone more harm than good.
Information as of 2020-03-12

Ask yourself this: WHY IS OUR VERY SERIOUS CANCER EPIDEMIC NOT PLASTERED ALL OVER MEDIA?  -Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and about 1 in 4 will die from cancer.  In 2019, an estimated 220,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and 82,100 will die from cancer.  Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019
About 606,520 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2020

Here's some food for thought - feel free to fact-check this one all by yourself 
with the virus on the go I can't keep holding your hand.

"Everyone take a breath... you don’t need more toilet paper! That won’t help with the Coronavirus BUT HERES SOME INFORMATION THAT WILL! πŸ‘‡

✔️ 82,000 People are sick with Coronavirus at the moment, of which 77,000 are in China.
This means that if you are not in or haven't recently visited China, this should eliminate 94% of your concern.
πŸ§ͺ If you do contract Coronavirus, this still is not a cause for panic because:
81% of the Cases are MILD
14% of the Cases are MODERATE
Only 5% of the Cases are CRITICAL
πŸ˜‰ Which means that even if you do get the virus, you are most likely to recover from it.
πŸ™„ Some have said, “but this is worse than SARS!”. SARS had a fatality rate of 10% while COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 3.4%
πŸ‘ Moreover, looking at the ages of those who are dying of this virus, the death rate for the people UNDER 50 years of age is only 0.2%
πŸ’° This means that if you are under 50 years of age and don't live in China - you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance)
πŸ“š Let’s take one of the worst days so far, the 10th of February, when 108 people in CHINA died of Coronavirus.

πŸ—Ί On the same day:
πŸ‘‰ 26,283 people died of Cancer
πŸ‘‰ 24,641 people died of Heart Disease
πŸ‘‰ 4,300 people died of Diabetes
πŸ‘‰ Suicide took 28 times more lives than the virus did.
🦟 Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day,
πŸ‘¨ HUMANS kill 1,300 fellow humans every day,
🐍 Snakes kill 137 people every day,
🦈 Sharks kill 2 people a year.
🚨 Let’s tackle problems that matter! Like in Australia one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner."
And here's a video worth watching 
by Dr. John Bergman

What you should buy instead of hand sanitizer & wipes?
Pure castile SOAP!

Olive oil or Coconut oil
Clean germ-free moisturized hands!

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