It’s a strange feeling to live where there is an active outbreak of a disease. On January 21st of this year, a 35 year old male who recently traveled to the Wuhan province in China went to hospital in Everett, WA with problems from pneumonia. He tested positive for the coronavirus, now called COVID-19 by the Whole Health Organization. He was treated at Providence hospital with an antiviral drug called Remdesivir, originally designed to treat Ebola.

Since that first case we have seen the number of infections rise not just here but all over the country. A state of emergency has been declared in a number of states and deaths have been reported in two states so far, Washington and California.

I hear the naysayers that say the flu killed 80,000 Americans this season while this new coronavirus has not even come close. I’m not going to be the alarmist who claims this is the thing that will kill us all. However, so far, it appears that the mortality rate of COVID-19 is much higher than the flu strain that went around with a vengeance this season. The numbers are always changing and I’m not going to be so quick to believe China’s 3% figure but even if it is anywhere near that number, we’re in for a bumpy ride. The people most at risk appear to be older and with underlying health conditions.

We currently have a woman in her late 60s watching Izzy while we are at work so this hits pretty close to home. We want to do our very best to protect her and ourselves from the coronavirus. Up until very recently, we ourselves didn’t take it too seriously – but then a nursing home in Kirkland had an outbreak and people started dying. We decided it was now time for us to take action.

We stopped at Walmart. Nothing is better than washing your hands but when you’re unable to, having hand sanitizer is the next best option. As you can see, everyone else beat us to it. However, a kind lady at Customer Service shared her “Homemade Hand Sanitizer” recipe as follows.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

2/3 cup alcohol. At least 60%

1/3 cup aloe vera gel

8-10 drops of essential oils for scent

Mix them all up and put in container of choice. 🙂

Next we looked for bleach.

Well, shucks. It looks like we’re all out of luck on this one. Or are we? I knew there were other options out there so we went to my favorite toy store, Home Depot. Did they have any bleach? How about neoprene gloves? Lysol?

Yes, yes and yes! I couldn’t find any N95 face masks to save my life, pun intended, but I knew I had a box of dust masks in the garage and two extra medical face masks from when I had the flu this season so it looks like we’re all set.

There will be a deep cleaning in our house to make sure we disinfect every knob, switch, handle and rail that frequently gets touched. It’s not much but we’re doing our small part in order to look out for others. Stay safe out there, every one!