Most of these ‘flu’-type viruses come and go in cycles. The longer you live the more you will see. To live they need a human host to replicate, hence the use of quarantine. Viruses can live on surfaces around us for more than 24 hours (depending on the temperature), but will eventually die without a host to infect. Viruses live longer on hard surfaces such as metal and plastic than they do on fabrics and soft surfaces. Disinfect hard surfaces, think kitchen, the loo!
Viruses float around in the air droplets which land and live in the environment waiting to be picked up and transferred to a live host. Cleanliness is next to Godliness they say! So wash hands well before touching your face and mouth.
Do essential oils provide an answer – Yes and No. There is no magic mixture, so be sceptical of branded products. The best way of using them is aerial dispersion – sanitizing the air. Many good diffusers are on the market.
The Best essential oils in research data which show antiviral activity are Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Citrus bergamia and Thymus vulgaris. Also, Eucalyptus globulus a favourite of Fragrant Earth was shown along with Citrus bergamia (Bergamot), another favourite, to be effective via aerial dispersion rather than in liquid form i.e. hankie, mask or roller ball. By experience I would add Eucalyptus radiata, and if you get a cough, Frankincense.