This time around, however, with the Novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it’s known) Pandemic worsening, I wanted to use my platform to share with you the latest information on the virus and how to protect yourselves.
This is what the World Health Organization says about the virus
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person, mainly through the droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. These droplets are too heavy to travel far in the air. They only travel approximately one meter and quickly settle on surfaces. This is the reason person-to-person spread is happening mainly between close contacts. The exact time that the virus can survive on surfaces is not yet known, so it is wise to clean surfaces regularly, particularly in the vicinity of people infected with COVID-19.
Hands touch many surfaces, which can be contaminated with the virus. You should therefore avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth since contaminated hands can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow or use a disposable tissue. If a tissue is used, discard immediately into a closed bin.
Health Tips for Coronavirus
Clean and wash your hands
The most effective way to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus is to clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This will eliminate the virus if it is on your hands. Stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since the World Health Organization recommends washing your hands to rid the virus from your skin, here’s how they recommend washing your hands:
How to Wash Hands?
Hand-washing should take you about one minute. Use a timer or count from one to ten in each of the following steps:
- Wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover all surfaces of the hands. Let the water run smoothly to avoid touching the tap later on.
- Rub hands palm to palm to obtain a good quantity of foam, then rub right palm over the back of left hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa.
- Rub again, palm to palm, with fingers interlaced.
- Rub the back of your fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked, repeating this action for each hand.
- Rub rotationally, left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa to clean the tips of the fingers. Rub rotationally backward and forwards with clasped fingers of the right hand in left palm and vice versa.
- Rinse hands thoroughly with running water.
- Dry hands thoroughly with a single-use towel. If the tap is not elbow operated, use this towel to turn off the tap without touching it directly.
- Your hands are now clean and safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says this about the virus, in addition to what the WHO has said: There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) Disease.
Make use of Sanitizer:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. If soap and water are not readily available to wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70%alcohol. Cover all surfaces of the hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay at home:
In order to protect the health and safety of other people, you should stay home if you’re sick, except to get COVID 19 Medical care because you can have the virus and spread it around, even if you’re not showing specific symptoms.
Wear a Face Mask:
If you are sick, you should wear a face mask when you are around other people, sharing a room, for example, or in a vehicle driving somewhere, and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office and that’s very important. If you are not able to wear a face mask, for example, because it causes you trouble breathing, Then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes and people who are caring for you should be the ones to wear a face mask if they enter your room. If you are not currently sick, you do not need to wear a face mask, unless you are caring for someone who is sick and they are not able to wear a face mask themselves. Face masks may be in short supply for a while and they should be saved for caregivers because they need them the most or the very sick.
Regularly clean your home surfaces:
In order to disinfect surfaces that may be infected, if you are running low on cleaning supplies, try diluting household bleach. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against Coronavirus when properly diluted.
Who is at the most risk?
Now, who is most at risk: Early information out of China, where the COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from the illness. This includes older adults, say over 60 or so, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lung Disease, and others.
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