Health & Wellness

Open Road Essentials isn’t a Travel site, but if you’re passionate about riding and traveling like we are then you’re familiar with how it can be challenging to stay healthy.

We are passionate about sharing how we have learned to stay healthy while exposed to different environments, public restrooms, questionable food preparation (not the least of which involves personal hygiene of the cooks and staff) and water & food supplies.

… so whether your destination is hours away, you opt to fly & ride or just get away for a holiday or the weekend, consider what you are exposed to while traveling.
  • Stale air of an airplane
  • Public exposure to germs and viruses at the airport
  • truckstops, gas stations, and public rest areas
  • surfaces you touch in the restaurants and theaters
  • public venues, hotels, public transportation and more…

I can guarantee they are not all disinfected regularly. ( interesting article telling you more)

WOW!

I’m not here to Scare you, just to empower you “Self-Care” can contribute to our better “Health-Care”!

– Jennie

This isn’t meant to prevent you from traveling. On the contrary – we just want you to be prepared, be emotionally healthy and self aware of the stress that life throws at us and again empower you to better “Self-Care”, strengthen your immune system with healthy choices, nutrition, exercise, and enjoy yourself to the fullest.

Thank you for joining us we hope you’ll discover lots of great information for your health and wellness needs.

Being healthy and “Self-Care” is more of a lifestyle choice than a fad. And as complex as our beautiful world and bodies are, there are many aspects to be considered. Consider these…

  • Environmental Toxins
  • Nutrition
  • Body Systems
  • Emotions
  • Hormones
  • Seasonal & Environmental Threats
  • Digestive/Gut Health
  • Weight Management
  • Sleep and Stress Management
  • Immune Support

Please enjoy our site and as always your comments are appreciated and welcome.


Information from the Center for Disease Control CDC website: at https://www.cdc.gov/


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Illustration: woman sneezing on man

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask ONLY if you’re sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Complete disinfection guidance

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