100 Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Share this science-backed checklist and save a life—including yours.

By Nydia Fairbank | April 26, 2020

You're read a lot of information about coronavirus (more specifically COVID-19) and what to do when we are in an active epidemic. Everything you hear is OK. Some of them are completely wrong; Some of them change every day; This is the best thing you can do to take off your pants. That is why we have consulted experts to compile this detailed list, scientifically based, important to stay healthy. Read to the end to minimize the potential for potentially fatal viruses at any cost.


First of All, Don't Panic!

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Be prepared, be vigilant, report. But don't panic. Even if we want to be temporarily separated, we will bring it together. The actions you will work on in China, such as b. When the virus first started (and where they recently signed up for a whole day of new local infections), and in South Korea.


Then Again, Don't Think You're Immune

Friends eating pizza

At the same time, this is not the time to be happy. When you are young, you can still develop COVID-19 and serious complications - thousands are hospitalized - and the coronavirus spreads to people who are more susceptible to aging and the immune system. Even if you are symptom-free.


Obviously: Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands

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This is the main protection against COVID-19. After going out in public, after going to the toilet, after coughing or sneezing, and before preparing or eating food - basically, as is often the case, wash your hands afterward.


Don't Touch Your Face

Woman stressed

When we touch our eyes, nose or mouth, most of the germs are present in our bodies.


Don't Wash Your Hands for Less Than 20 Seconds

Hand washing for 20s, the first step to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 and other viruses

Anything else would be rude - and leave germs on your hands, experts say. Do this for 20 seconds or so or until you find yourself singing "Happy Birthday" - the royal march from the subjects around the house or Star Wars. Whatever it takes to get through you.


Always Wash Your Hands With Soap

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Studies have shown that washing with soap causes a chemical reaction that removes germs from your hands more effectively than water alone. Don’t use too little or too much - too much soap completely stops germs from your hands - and you can rinse and dry it completely.


Don't Sneeze or Cough Openly

woman sneezing on her elbow.

Coughing or sneezing at the elbows - some call it "The Batman Sneezes" - in a disposable handkerchief.


Don't Touch Door Handles (If You Can Help It)

Door knob on or off the bathroom

Researchers have found that coronavirus can stay on a hard surface like a door handle for two to three days. So it is especially important to wash your hands regularly and slide the door with your hand or elbow if possible.


Adhere to Social Distancing Recommendations

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The guidelines for social distance come from the place of knowledge - they have prevented other novel viruses (such as the 1918 flu) from becoming more contagious.


Don't Attend Large Gatherings

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This week, the White House recommended that meetings be limited to 10 people or fewer.


Don't Go to Restaurants and Bars

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Bars and restaurants are closed in many areas, but enforcement and distribution.


Don't Shake Hands

Two women friends meet in a street with bare hands. Instead of greeting with a hug or handshake, they bump elbows instead

Not to encourage antisocial behavior, but now's a good time to substitute a handshake for a wave or an elbow bump.


Don't Forget Your Face Mask

Surgical masks on a table

According to the CDC, "Looking at widespread evidence of COVID-19 disease and new data on COVID-19 transmission in communities across the country, the CDC suggests that people cover their noses and mouths. Wear a fabric face. Community attitudes. When you get infected but have no symptoms. This is to protect your environment. "

You can make your own clothes at home.

He continues: "Whenever people are in the community, especially in situations where there are people. Clothing should cover the face. These settings include groceries and pharmacies. This face covering is not a substitute for social distance. The cloth cover is important. Wide COVID -19 For public wear in diseased areas. "


Don't Hoard Food

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No need to panic when buying food. Officials in the United States and around the world have said there is no shortage of food and the grocery store is closing.


Don't Go to an ER Unless You're Seriously Ill

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If you have Covid-19 symptoms, it is best to consult your doctor. Do not go to the emergency room unless you have trouble breathing. You can infect others there.


Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol

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This is a scary time, but excessive alcohol consumption is not the answer. Drinking too much can raise blood pressure and lower the immune system, two factors that can make you more susceptible to COVID-19 and complications.


Don't Sleep Less


Leap fever is a time when our immune system is recharged and poor quality is associated with other serious diseases. Aim for seven to nine hours a night.


Don't Let Anxiety Take Over

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If you're scared, turn off the news and social media. Take a few breaths. Study techniques to reduce anxiety and stress, including mindfulness, meditation and exercise.


Don't Forget to Check in With Others

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On March 17, Johns Hopkins doctors said, "Social differences only apply to physical space, not to all human connections."


Don't Stop Exercising

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Even if your area gym is closed, daily exercise is important to stay healthy. Fortunately, it's much easier to work at home than thanks to apps and websites like BeachBody, OpenFit, TivePtiv and FitBod. Many fitness chains also offer online workouts.


Don't Eat Poorly

Obese woman laying on sofa with smartphone eating chips

The new version of COVID-19 Freshman 15 can change the stress diet. This only affects your overall health.


Don't Share Bogus Information

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We all want our friends, loved ones, and communities to be informed about COVID-19. However, make sure all the information you share comes from major news outlets such as the CDC and the WHO, hospitals and health organizations.


Don't Totally Avoid Nature

A woman wearing protective face mask is seen walking in the park during COVID-19 virus outbreak

Doctors at Johns Hopkins said getting out during social chaos was "okay. It's a good idea." "Just keep your distance from others. Walking, hiking and cycling are good. Contact sports are numbered. Exercise is important physically and mentally, especially in stressful times."


Self-Quarantine If You Suspect You've Been Exposed

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According to experts, this is the key to slowing the spread of the virus. Follow your doctor's instructions.


Self-Isolate If You Suspect You've Been Infected

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If you’re fed up with COVID-19, it’s important if you can go to a separate bedroom from other family members and not share towels, beds, glasses, plates and cutlery until you get back. Don't come


Don't Touch Shopping Carts

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... without cleaning them with an antibacterial cloth or washing your hands when you get home.


Don't Touch Elevator Buttons

A woman pushing an elevator button with sleeve nylon down jacket instead of using her hand.

If you can help, press this seed magnet from the ankle or the side of your hand. This reduces the likelihood of transmission


Don't Stock Up on Simple Carbs

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When buying food, choose complex carbohydrates, not white bread and flour, baked goods, and processed foods.


Disinfect Your Cell Phone

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Even in normal times, they can carry seven times more germs than the average toilet seat. Clean them daily with disinfectant.


Don't Feel Helpless to Help Others

These are unforeseen circumstances, but staying at home does not mean that you are unable to help others. Michigan Health has a long list of things you can do, from food donations and diaper banks to home support.


Don't Forget to Wash Your Hand Towels

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Experts recommend washing your kitchen towel after two days in warm water with a little bleach or a product with activated oxygen oxygen bleach.


Don't Take Ibuprofen

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Some European doctors have reported that NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen COVID-19 worsen in some cases. Instead, they recommend taking acetaminophen (Tylenol). This is controversial, but it's worth asking your doctor and following his advice.


Don't Use Hand Sanitizer That's Less Than 60% Alcohol

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Experts say 60% and above is necessary to kill germs.


Don't Skip a Vitamin D Supplement

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Among other benefits, Vitamin D boosts the immune system. 


Don't Skip the Flu Shot

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If you haven't taken one, it won't be too late. It does not protect against Covid-19, but it does protect you from seasonal flu, which may have similar symptoms.


Don't Let Your Blood Pressure Rise

Woman Checking Blood Pressure At Home

If you are taking medication or lifestyle changes for high blood pressure, do not stop. Covid-19 is associated with high blood pressure in people who contract.


Don't Skip the Veggies

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As always, try to eat more fruits and vegetables - they contain vitamins, minerals, and compounds that can boost your immune system.


Don't Handle Cash (If You Can Help It)

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Preliminary reports suggest the money could help spread the coronavirus. Pay with plastic whenever possible.


Don't Touch a Public Screen Or Keypad (Without Washing Your Hands)

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Cash register screens at keyboards and junctions of grocery stores, banks and ATMs were notorious before the coronavirus outbreak. Bring a pen and use non-writing end to write newspapers and give your signature.


Don't Go to Religious Services

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This is usually the time to avoid crowds. Or add services to online or virtual group hangouts.


Don't Use a Community Pen


Take a writing tool with you wherever you go. You may need to use one at a bank, doctor's office fee or other necessary location.


Don't Blame Others

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The viruses do not belong to any country or discriminate against those they infect. Blaming a country or a group of people for COVID-19 is neither emotionally healthy nor constructive.


Don't Have Elective Health Procedures

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Many places, including New York City, are canceling alternative, non-essential health procedures to reserve resources for coronavirus cases. Ask your doctor if any of your upcoming procedures are immediate or can be postponed.


Don't Take a Cruise

Cruises have proven to be an effective vector for the transmission of many viruses, including coronaviruses. If you have booked, this is a good time to reschedule an appointment or choose a different route.


Don't Take Children to Playgrounds

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While many parks and playgrounds are open, play equipment is rarely (if at all) sterile.


Don't Go Out When You're Sick


If you feel ill, stay home.


Disinfect "High-Touch" Surfaces

man cleaning his computer keyboard

Take a minute to clean other frequently touching surfaces, such as computer keyboards, remote controls, and light switches.


Don't Pay $96.14 For a Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

Website selling Sanitizer for $96.14

Don't encourage scalpers. Handwashing works better.


Don't Close-Talk

The time will come later to build intimacy. If you meet a friend on the street, try staying one meter away for now.


And Sorry About This One: Don't Visit the Grandparents (or Your Grandkids) In Person

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COVID-19 increases the risk of complications in the elderly. Visit FaceTime right now.


If You're Thinking Negatively, Flip the Script

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Although time can be scary, try to engage in positive and constructive self-talk. “We will go through this” and “I will do my best” are two good examples. They look soft, but they really work.


Don't Forget to Make Time For Yourself

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By taking care of a spouse, children, and other family members, your plate can work remotely. However, it is important to take time regularly, whether it is exercise, meditation, favorite television show, reading a book or taking a long bath.


Don't OD on News

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Using television news as background noise or constantly reviewing news sites may not be helpful and maybe a cause for concern. Choose a reputable news site and check briefly once or twice a day.


Your Checklist—Check in With it!

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Create a checklist of things you'd like to get done and hold yourself to it each day. 


Don't Slack on Your Routine

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Wake up and go to bed regularly. Wake up, shower, get dressed as if you are working or going out. Eat well and exercise regularly. Start working at the same time every day and at the end of the day - just don’t work all night.


Try Not to Work From the Bed

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Create a job from home. If your entire room is not available, you will have your own desk. This will help you maintain a routine and stay focused.


Breaks—You Need 'Em

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If you’re working from home, don’t overdo it to fill your whole day. Treat yourself to lunch and at least two 15-minute breaks.


Set Boundaries—and Stick to Them

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If you're working from home with a spouse and/or children around, establish clear guidelines about when you'll be available and when you must concentrate on work. 


Don't Fade Away From Your Co-Workers

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If you work in a team, contact your boss and / or your employees at a fixed time. This helps you stay focused and focused and is good for your mental health.


It's OK: Give Yourself a "Worry Window"

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The Executive Director of UNICEF recently shared this tip on social media: If you are bothered all day, write it down and put the list aside. Then take a few minutes to see yourself on the list and worry. Then you press these things. It is an effective strategy to reduce floating discomfort.


Don't Take Life for Granted—Keep a Gratitude Journal

Close-up Of A Person Writing Today I Am Grateful For Text On Notebook With Marker

This proven remedy for anxiety and depression can now be especially helpful: Write down three things every day for the day you are grateful for. It can be as simple as the roof over your head or whatever you eat.


Remember You Can't Predict the Future

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Forecasts about the economic impact of COVID-19 can be worrisome. But remember that none of us have a crystal ball. We have no idea how things will develop. They may be better than predicted.


Be Careful About Talking With Kids


“Don’t put your adult brain into a child’s brain,” advises  Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, who works with trauma survivors. Be quiet and when a child asks you a question: "Answer this question and answer this question - don't go overboard. Then ask:" Is there anything else you want to ask me? "Do you specify what to ask? Questions are always nice, and if you don't know the answer, you can look at them together.


Don't Follow the Rumor Mill

CDC website homepage

Don't focus on speculation or rumors - and unfortunately, at the moment, many news reports are one, the other, or both. Take note of the facts about COVID-19, how it spreads, how serious it is, and where we are by reading the latest updates on the CDC and WHO website.


Talk About Anything But Coronavirus

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When you call or chat with friends and family via video chat, stay open, and share your concerns about the current situation. But don’t let it be your whole conversation. Talk about something nice on TV, a book you read, a meal you cooked, or a pop culture fuck - anything that can distract you from the coronavirus for a minute.


Reschedule That Date

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Unfortunately, now is the time to give the dating apps a rest for a little while.


Don't Ignore Cleaning Product Labels

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When disinfecting your home, pay attention to the ingredients and warnings of the products you have purchased and follow the instructions given.


Don't Spray Lysol on Yourself

Woman disinfecting room with Lysol spray that kills germs during coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic

You can tempt yourself to sprinkle yourself after a trip. Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr told Vox this week, "Experts don't do that. There's no nice line in this - it's a bad idea." When inhaled, pesticides such as Lysol can be harmful and its ingredients can cause skin irritation or inflammation. Wash your hands thoroughly instead. This is your best protection.


Don't Mix Products

Baking soda with vinegar, natural mix for effective house cleaning

Cleaning products with ammonia should never be mixed with bleach, says Kere Ram, and vinegar should never be mixed with products containing hydrogen peroxide. Compounds can produce gases that are harmful to the eyes, nose and respiratory tract.


Don't Spray Down Your Mail

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It is not necessary to disinfect your postal or cardboard packaging before opening it. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching them and dispose of them outside your home if possible.


Know the Facts About COVID-19 and Children

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The CDC states that children are not at high risk of getting coronavirus. But they can still get sick or pass the virus to more vulnerable people.


Don't Scare Your Kids; Teach Them

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The CDC advises children to learn how to reduce the spread of the virus: wash your hands frequently, stay home in case of illness, and clean touch-sensitive surfaces and wash items daily, according to the manufacturer.


Don't Give Children Under 2 Face Masks


This is not necessary, the CDC says.


Limit Children's Social Interactions


The CDC recommends reducing game dates and group travel at that time, as well as trips with older adults and grandparents.


One More Thing About the Little Ones: Assure Them They'll Be Safe

Father, son in emotional embrace of tears and joy

As children say, the most important thing you can tell children about Covid-19 is to do everything you can to protect them. Karen Schwartz, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Your worries may be heightened by the news and social media, and this reassurance may go further.


Encourage Young People to Reschedule Trips

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Older children should reschedule non-essential travel to crowded areas, the CDC says. 


Stress May Be Quarantined With You, But He is Not Your Friend

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Stress increases the level of cortisol in the body, a hormone that can inhibit the immune system. 


Avoid Screens Before Bed

Man using his mobile phone in the bed

This is a very important time to practice good sleep hygiene and give you rest. To avoid insomnia, do not look at laptops, tablets and cell phones for a few hours before turning.


Don't Let Yourself Get Overwhelmed


Being overwhelmed can cause stress and panic which can destroy your immune system. If you feel like things are getting too much, relax. Do some relaxing exercises or an activity that you enjoy


Don't Forget to Drink That Water

Asian middle age woman who drinks water

Drinking water is not a miraculous remedy for Covid-19, but it has many benefits ranging from moisturizing the mucous membrane to improving metabolism. Drink five to seven cups of water a day.


If You've Read This Far, Take a Moment and Breathe Deeply

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If you feel restless, take some time to focus on your breathing. Take four breaths and then slowly take four breaths. Repeat this process until you feel relieved. It's the simplest, but most effective anti-anxiety exercise.


Don't Check the News Before Bed

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Read a book a few hours before bed, meditate, listen to music - news without reading anything. It will be tomorrow.


Let Yourself Laugh More

Handsome happy man holding a mobile phone.

Laughter reduces stress, reduces stress, improves blood circulation - and studies have shown that it reduces inflammation and can weaken the immune system.


Avoid Non-Essential Flights


The CDC currently discourages non-essential air travel for older adults. This is a good idea for everyone.


Take Advantage of Telehealth

Shot of a woman covered with thick blanket, holding a white cup during on-line consultation with a GP

See if you can schedule telemedicine sessions for medical appointments that you don’t pay for. In fact, many doctors do not like COVID-19 because of the infection.


Who is Your Emergency Contact?

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If you don’t have a specific person to contact in an emergency, this is a good time to install someone. This contact can alert the caregiver to all the necessary information and contact other family members if you need care or need hospitalization.


Do Not Hold a Blowdryer Up To Your Nose (Please)

woman drying her hair

A Florida politician recently claimed that drying hair on the nose could kill the coronavirus. Don't be surprised, it's not true. Doubt when folk remedies spread online. Follow the instructions of your healthcare provider and reputable health organizations.


Pick a Time of Day to Address Relationship Conflict


Share space with a partner all day and go to your nerves? Swartz recommends choosing a specific time of day to discuss areas of conflict and then focusing on avoiding arguments for the rest of the day.


If You Live Alone, Make a Network

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If you fly alone, make time to be alone with others. Swartz suggests starting a virtual book club or movie discussion group and using a program like FaceTime or Zoom to keep the group chat.


Don't Catastrophize

elderly Man suffering from headache migraine pain at home on sofa

Sometimes we have to remove our thoughts from negative thoughts like changing channels, says Swartz. For example, instead of thinking, "This is a disaster and things will never be the same again," think, "It's a challenging time, but we'll make it."


Keep a File of Positive Thoughts

Grumpy Cat

Think of a few things that make you happy - this could be a great memory, event, family member, comedian or cute cat video. Keep an eye on who you are. If you feel stressed or uncomfortable, replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.


Don't Sleep Too Much

Woman sleeping in bed

Getting enough sleep is important for maintaining your health. But don't overcorrect and hibernate in bed; that can lead to depression.  


Do Things You Enjoy

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To relieve stress and anxiety, take time to reconnect with what you enjoy. Still, you want to rewind it, whether it's reading, crafting, or writing. Listen to music, watch art online, or work on things around the house.


Don't Take Antibiotics Without Guidance

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They only treat bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus and is not treated with antibiotics. Only take antibiotics as directed by your doctor.


Don't Take Colloidal Silver

Dropper and bottle

Do not believe the rumors that colloidal silver is effective against coronavirus. In fact, on March 9, the FDA warned seven companies to stop selling so-called silver products that cure coronavirus.


Don't Take Chloroquine Phosphate

Doctor holding Chloroquine Phosphate drug

An Arizona man died this week and his wife became seriously ill while the couple ingested chloroquine phosphate, which is used to clean an aquarium. President Trump has avoided chloroquine as a possible coronavirus treatment.


Don't Count on a Hot Water Cure

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There is a widespread internet rumor that drinking hot water will kill the coronavirus. That's not true. The disease affects the respiratory system, not the digestive system. However, if you are healthy and always sick, get plenty of fluids.


Don't Take Megadoses of Vitamins

Woman taking vitamins

No vitamins or supplements have been shown to counteract COVID-19. High doses of various vitamins can cause mild (gastric itching) to serious (toxic) side effects. Instead, eat a nutritious, balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system.


Don't Drink or Inhale Iodine

Lugol's iodine in a dropper. Iodine and iodide solution.

It is rumored that drinking or cooling liquid iodine may be a COVID-19 drug. That's not true. In addition, exercise can be seriously harmful.


Remember That "This Too Shall Pass"

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Because it will. This is a chapter in history, not the rest of your future.  


One Final Thought

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If each of us follows this simple checklist, we can avoid this epidemic with fewer infections and fewer deaths. Please send it to someone you care about so they can too

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