How to Survive a Virus

Stuff’s been going around. Every day brings us closer to the eventuality. Sooner or later you will run into one of these bugs and knowing what to do will greatly enhance your sick experience.

One of the first and most important tools for fighting off a virus is Good Health. Having good health generally consists of the following:

  1. Eating good food
  2. Avoiding sugar
  3. Taking vitamin supplements
  4. Drinking enough water
  5. Exercising regularly
  6. Getting enough sleep
  7. Eating enough garlic.

You probably already knew these were good habits, but think of these others, too:

  1. Take your children with you instead of putting in daycare.
  2. Avoid self-serve food situations.
  3. Watch what you touch in public.
  4. Do not shake hands; or else wash afterwards.
  5. Keep your children out of the nursery at church.
  6. Use the fizzed virus prevention medications, when appropriate.
  7. Up the garlic content of your food.

If prevention does not keep you well, though, what are the next steps? Here is what our family does:

  1. We take Oscillococcinum as directed on package.
  2. We take Sambucol as directed on package.
  3. We take vitamin C stir ins, at least one per day.
  4. We take echinacea/goldenseal capsules as directed on package.
  5. For stuffy nose, we use a generic Sudafed by day and generic Benadryl by night.
  6. For congestion we use guaifenesin.
  7. For cough control we use valerian and/or a mentholated rub.

Oh, and we hardly ever have to go to the doctor!

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2 thoughts on “How to Survive a Virus

  1. Abigail Adams says:

    Viruses are indeed difficult to deal with; they come and go at will. The best we can do is to treat the symptoms and hope that the rest of our family doesn’t get it. Here are a few things that I do:

    Keep small spray bottle of alcohol and a small spray bottle of peroxide in each bathroom and in kitchen. I use these liberally instead of using bleach. Spray counter tops, cutting boards, bathroom sinks and counter tops, toilet and surrounding areas, and clean faucets and mirrors w/ alcohol. Even spray my hands when necessary. Also clean the phone. Both alcohol and peroxide kill germs and don’t ruin clothes or have the strong bleach odor.
    Buy new tooth brushes for everybody.
    Change pillow cases often.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Oh, of course! Keeping things clean really helps! I forgot that, Abigail, thanks!

      I have found, however, that peroxide will bleach some fabrics, so be careful not to spray anything important. Also will bleach hair quite blonde! So just be careful. For some folks with sensitive skin, peroxide will burn a bit, but it is such a good germ killer!

      There are some herbs that are anti-viral, though, and some over-the-counter preparations do include them. Great to know that!

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