Business Resiliency is being tested in the most extreme ways. The impact of this pandemic particularly here in the Philippines is so great that it continues to pull down the economy and left many unemployed.
For the first time in 22 years, the Philippine economy slowed down and contracted 0.6% in Gross Domestic Product.
Listed below is the added operational expense on every establishment following mandatory requirements to flatten the curve of Corona Virus. Figures are inconsistent and depends on each store.
Hand Sanitizer / Alcohol – P520 per gallon. Consuming 2 gallons per week = P1040
UV lamp / Air Sanitizer – P3000 minimum market value
Basic Face Mask & Face Shield – P170/set. Multiply to the number of employees e.g x 10 = 1700
Disinfectant / bleach – P 450/gallon. Using almost 3 in a week = P1350
Lodging for Employees
Non-Contact Thermometer – P1200
Operational cost of P8290 which does not include the variable expenses of shuttle, board and lodging, test kits, rental, manpower expense like hazard pay, and so on.
Weekly basis may reach upto P5000 and an average of P20,000 per month. That brings the operational cost to P80,000 since March.
This article is not to discourage start-up entrepreneurs rather help by giving a glimpse on what to expect on surviving a pandemic.
Entrepreneurship is about survival, which nurtures creative thinking. Business is not financial science, it’s about trading – buying and selling. – Anita Roddick (UK entrepreneur)
– this is one of the best tools to protect yourself or other people from Corona Virus.
A campaign called “Wearing is Caring” – now circulating across the globe to promote the importance and responsibility of wearing mask and other safety measures to halt or minimize the virus spread.
In a study of 94 patients from China, they found that patient with Covid-19 released the most virus at initial onset or before symptoms become apparent. And that a great proportion of transmission occurred before the first symptom appeared. Hence, wearing of face mask is being required by many local government & establishments across the globe.
3. Practice Frequent Handwashing
– during Covid-19 pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading. It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What’s the best Time to Wash Your Hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after putting or removing your mask
Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
4. Stay Home
The whole purpose of quarantine is for people to stay home and refrain from non-essential travel. There are exceptions though like essential workers, buying groceries and medicines and those who need medical care. When going out make sure to remember steps 1-3 and carry with you a bottle alcohol or sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.
5. Improve Your Immune System
– Our Body’s Immune System is our first line of defense against any illness.
Our immune system is an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that band together to defend your body against foreign invaders – things like germs, viruses and bacteria.
There’s such a thing as “Viral Load”, also known as viral burden, viral titre or viral titer, is a numerical expression of the quantity of virus carried by an infected person. This medical term is emphasized given that thousandths of frontliners succumbed to Covid-19 and many died from it.
These frontliners are exposed to higher amounts of Corona Virus everyday. Making themselves more vulnerable on getting infected.
Here enters the importance of having a strong immune system. Supplements like Vitamin C, antioxidants and zinc work wonders with our immune system and help it function effectively. Enough rest and at least 7 hours of sleep is equally significant in strengthening our bodies.
With frontliners getting ill, sleep deprivation is another probable cause.
“Evidence supports the need to sleep for seven to eight hours each night and suggests that those who regularly sleep less than this are at higher risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.”
Covid-19 is fatal, and a strong immunity can guarantee a recovery. Half of the persons infected don’t develop symptoms (asymptomatic) while most patients have only mild symptoms.
As we continue our collective battle against this dreaded Covid-19, it is important to establish a routine and shift to health-promoting behaviors.
Let us remember the simple Five Steps listed above.
It makes common sense right? Wearing masks has become an emblem of this recent pandemic. The mask is now a public etiquette in the fight against this terrible disease.
Corona Virus causes the Covid-19. It is highly contagious and has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives all around the world. Anyone can be a carrier as some can be asymptomatic – not showing symptoms or presymptomatic – period before the symptoms.
How does a Mask can help prevent the spread of Corona Virus?
The small particles of Corona Virus can spread when people breathe, talk, cough or sneeze. It is said to remain suspended in the air for quite a time.
“After attending a choir practice in Washington State in early March, dozens of people were diagnosed with or developed symptoms of COVID-19 even though they had not shaken hands or stood close to one another. At least two died. After dining at an air-conditioned restaurant in China in late January, three families at neighboring tables became sickened with the virus—possibly through droplets blown through the air.”
Some new evidence suggests that talking can be a significant mode of viral transmission. A minute of loud speech could generate more than a thousand of virus containing droplets that could hang in the air for minutes.
In most parts of Asia like Hong Kong where outbreak is kept under control, masks are worn by the majority of population. Tells us why is it a must to do so.
“Masks can play a big role in reducing the virus spread, as long as they’re worn properly” – Doctor Aaron Hamilton of Cleveland Clinic.
It is strongly advised to wash cloth masks and should be dried on high heat or discarded for single-use face masks. It is equally important to wash your hands after removing or handling used masks.
Masks are our extra layer of protection. And if you are overwhelmed which type to wear, maybe this article can help.
Here are proven tips for losing weight using reliable methods that really work:
Get good sleep! A lack of sleep (less than seven to nine hours nightly for most people) can mean a lack of weight loss.
Eat more fiber: Adults need to aim for at least 25–30 grams daily from things like veggies, fruit, ancient grains, sprouted legumes and seeds.
Use healthy fats: Coconut oil has natural fat-burning effects just like GC does, plus many more benefits like improving gut health, too. Other healthy fats that can help control your appetite include real olive oil, avocado, fats from grass-fed beef, nuts and seeds.
Utilize adaptogen herbs: Adaptogen herbs like maca, ginseng and rhodiola can help control health conditions that can make it hard to lose weight (like high amounts of stress, thyroid issues, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, cellular toxicity and candida).
Don’t skimp on protein: Protein foods are satisfying and essential for building muscles. Regularly include proteins like cage-free eggs and wild-caught fish in your meals.
Consume probiotics: Probiotic foods and supplements not only help balance improve digestive health, but they also balance hormones, raise immunity, control your appetite and play a part in weight control.
Switch up your exercise routine: Try burst-training exercises and other forms of high intensity interval training (HIIT) to keep challenging your muscles, work in with a group, add in weight training, and relax with yoga in between workouts.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends frequent handwashing as one of measures to protect yourself from Covid-19 and stop the spread of it. This pandemic has been wrecking havoc across the globe.
But what if there’s no soap and water available and access seems impossible? Having rubbing alcohol or sanitizers are instant savers.
Here’s what you need to know about these two;
Variations: Ethanol/ Ethyl, Isopropyl, Propanol
Pros: It is a fast-acting disinfectant. Kills 99% of microbes, bacteria and viruses and has been the most popular first-aid or disinfectant in medical facilities such as hospitals
Cons: Flammable, drying and unfriendly to skin
Hand Sanitizer (alcohol based)
I am biased to this one and prefers bringing a tiny bottle in my purse.
Variations: Scented and unscented
Pros: Skin friendly because it’s partly gel & moisturizer, effective in killing most bacterias and viruses
Cons: Must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective and must be used properly and with sufficient amount for effectivity
Hope this is helpful. Remember nothing beats handwashing. Let us fight Covid-19 together!
Social Distancing – is one of the measures we are now using to stop or slow down the spread of Covid-19.
Since Covid-19 is a highly contagious disease that can be transferred via close droplet transmission. Measures include limiting large groups of people coming together and canceling events that would gather a crowd.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against any gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Many schools, libraries, universities, places of worship, and sporting and cultural institutions have also shut down for the next few weeks.
These measures are an attempt to enforce distance between people, a proven way to slow pandemics.
Experts have also been urging people to practice voluntary “social distancing.” And term is now trending all over Social Media.
Sharing is Caring. Let us do our part and fight Covid-19.