A reminder to wash your hands

For those people who needed a little nudge into the world of basic personal hygiene – please remember to wash your hands. Thoroughly and often. This basic level of advice baffles me, but if it took Covid-19 to finally get humans to wash their hands, then so be it.

I understand that for many of us with autoimmune diseases, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is something of a concern. The internet is a confusing and conflicting place, with some people telling us to ‘grow up and get over the flu’ and others advising complete lockdown and self-isolation for 14 days.

Whilst I am not a doctor (babes please stop sending me your medical requests) I have decided to collate some information which I thought might be helpful for those of us trying to battle through newsfeeds of pandemic arguments.

Think of Others 
We have all seen the people in the stores stock-pilling and panic buying. Whilst I have sympathy for those that are obviously stressed and confused, it is important to remember that in order for things to get under control, everyone needs to be healthy – not just you. Before you decide to wipe out the store of toilet paper and hand wash, please think: do I already have enough at home? Do I have surplus that I could donate to those more in need?

Educate Yourself 
It’s really important to remember that your newsfeeds are curated by algorithms and ads to be an echo chamber of what you want to see; and not always what you need to see. Let’s all remember the whole social media scandal with Brexit, shall we. Your channels will most likely be dominated by sensationalised media, trolls with overbearing opinions and little diversity. Make sure that you broaden the sources in which you get your news from and to focus on facts rather than opinions. Oh, and if you still read Daily Mail – wtf.

Don’t be Selfish
Many people have reported to be feeling unwell, myself included. Whether or not these symptoms are coronavirus or not, if you are feeling peaky, make sure you self-isolate stay out of contact with the elderly or vulnerable. Whilst there is no cure, we can do our bit by making sure we limit the spread of illnesses.

Keep Calm
Easier said that done, especially for those within the IBD community who worry about their already compromised health. Crohn’s & Colitis UK has released an article about IBD and COVID-19, with a point saying that those on immunosuppressants are not at a higher risk of catching the virus – but that you may experience more complications if you do catch it. Please take some time to read it properly, it will help.

Look After Yourself
During these worrying times, it’s important to show yourself some self-love. It can feel very overwhelming and as if you are helpless, but you are not alone and you need to make sure that you are looking after yourself. Communicate with others and allow yourself the time to step away from any negativity and focus on allowing some love and light into these otherwise dark times.

Support Your Community
For small and independent businesses, situations like this can be a horrible struggle. Please make sure that you support your community and your local traders if you are able to and in any way you are able to. Some are offering gift cards online and others have taken the precautionary methods to ensure their environments are germ-free for those who are well enough to still shop, eat, buy and browse.

The most important thing is to respect your health and to respect each other. The other most important thing is to make sure that you have some light-hearted humour and relief in your day and that you support those who need it. Oh, and that you wash your hands. Duh.

Love and light,
Lo x

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

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