Don’t Touch That! (COVID-19)

As COVID-19
continues to dominate global news, the backlash from this virus is becoming
abundantly clear.

One thing is inescapable: the need to keep hygiene uppermost
has never been greater.

According to the CDC (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
), you should clean your hands often for
at least twenty seconds. This is doubly important if you’ve been out in public.
You should also wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

So, a quick glimpse at how to do that in line with UNICEF
guidelines for coronavirus disease
.

UNICEF Guidelines for Hand Washing

  1. Wet your hands with running water
  2. Cover your wet hands with soap
  3. Scrub all over your hands including between your
    fingers and under your nails for at
    least twenty seconds
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly with running water
  5. Dry your hands with a disposable towel or clean
    cloth

If you don’t have access to running water, hand sanitizer is
the next best thing.

Now, we’re sure you’ve read about the Tennessee man who
stockpiled almost 18,000
bottles of hand sanitizer
with the intention of price gouging on Amazon.

With many people grabbing as many bottles as they can, you
might struggle to find any sanitizer at the store.

The silver lining?

You can make your own with just three simple ingredients!

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

This recipe for homemade sanitizer comes from Healthline.

What You Need

  • Aloe vera gel (1/4 cup)
  • Essential oil or lemon juice (10 drops)
  • Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl (3/4 cup 99% alcohol)

The minimum amount of alcohol content you need to kill most germs is 60%.
To achieve this, you should use two parts alcohol to one part aloe vera.

What To Do

  1. Decant all the ingredients into a bowl with some
    form of pouring spout
  2. Mix with a spoon then whisk into the consistency
    of a gel
  3. Pour into a bottle and label it

How To Use Hand Sanitizer The Right Way

A couple of basic pointers when you’re using hand sanitizer:

  • Rub it into your skin thoroughly until it’s
    completely dry. This could take as long as 60 seconds so be patient
  • Wash dirty or greasy hands before sanitizing

So…

Aside from keeping your hands clean, refraining from close
contact with others, and minimizing inessential trips, what else can you do to
stay safe?

Well, one thing you shouldn’t
do is touch your light switches.

The easiest route for germs to enter your body is through
your hands. A
study
of hotel rooms in three states from the University of Houston found
over 100 units of bacteria per cm2 on light switches.

Luckily for you, using voice control for your lighting is
much easier than you might imagine…

Stay Safe In Your Smart Home with Voice Control

If you want to do absolutely everything you can to stay safe
in 2020, why not leave the lights to Alexa?

All you need to do to achieve this is choose your weapon:

  • Echo:
    Now into its third iteration, the original
    Echo
    is better than ever before. Audio is much improved while the design
    looks slightly less dated. The classic smart speaker still makes a valid
    purchase in 2020
  • Echo Plus:
    Until the recent arrival of Echo Studio, Echo Plus was Amazon’s upscale Echo
    device. Packing powerful drivers and a Zigbee home hub onboard, Echo
    Plus
    is still a tour de force today
  • Echo
    Studio
    : Launched in late 2019 with a glut of other Amazon products, all-new Echo Studio
    gives you room-filling sound along with all Alexa’s smarts
  • Echo Dot:
    The tiny Echo
    Dot
    , also available in a special kids
    edition
    , is a bedroom-friendly smart speaker you can slip just about
    anywhere. Despite the tiny footprint, you’ll still enjoy hands-free control of
    your smart lights
  • Echo Spot:
    Now discontinued, you can still pick up Echo
    Spot
    if you’re quick. With a 2.5-inch screen, you’ll get the world’s
    smallest smart display
  • Echo Show:
    Originally launched with a 7-inch screen that was upsized to 10 inches in the second-generation
    Echo Show
    , you can watch your favorite music videos. The display adds a
    precious visual layer to Alexa’s smarts even if the device is pretty bulky
  • Echo Show
    5
    : With a 5-inch screen, Echo
    Show 5
    is the perfect bedside smart display. Privacy controls should stop
    you worrying about taking Alexa into the bedroom
  • Echo Show
    8
    : Echo Show 8
    is an 8-inch smart display with excellent sound and a screen large enough to
    watch movie clips on
  • Echo Flex:
    If you want to take Alexa into awkward areas of your smart home like stairways
    and attics, do so with Echo
    Flex
    , a mini plug-in smart speaker

Final Word

Well, we hope you’re taking good care of yourself and doing all you can to minimize the chances of infection during these trying times.

While hygiene is certainly no vaccine, that’s no excuse not
to remain hyper-vigilant.  Every little
helps at a time like this. If that means relying a little more heavily on your
favorite virtual butler, Alexa can handle it.

We’ll be looking at some of the other domino effects of the
outbreak of coronavirus over the coming weeks. The first of these is the mass
experiment in remote working currently unfolding. So, make sure to bookmark our
blog before you leave. Come back throughout the week for more impartial product
reviews, how-to guides and all the latest smart
home news
.

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