Coronavirus has been declared as a global emergency by WHO and the havoc it is creating is spreading like a bush-fire. In this stressful time, we must know how to fight back and keep ourselves and our families safe. That’s why WHO has come up with some guidelines or precautions I must say, to follow to reduce its spread and stopping your family from getting infected. These steps are:
1. Wash Your hands Often
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds if you have been to a public area, or recently coughed, sneezed or blew your nose.
If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol can be used to clean your hands. Rub it continuously until your hand feels dry. Acquire this practice not to touch your face with unwashed hands.
2. Maintain Social Distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter distance from you and the person who is coughing and sneezing. This is because the person coughing might have the virus that you don’t know.
The virus is spread mainly via droplet. So if a person coughing/sneezing is very close to you, there’s a high chance you may inhale the droplets, let alone the virus it contains.
3. Cover When Coughing and Sneezing
As it is important to keep a safe distance, it is also our duty to stop spreading it. Because it is being transmitted by droplets, we should be careful about how we cough and sneeze.
Let’s not try to cough in our hands like we always do. Usage of tissue or coughing in your sleeve should be practiced. Through the tissue in the bin after using it. When you unintentionally coughed on your hands, clean your hands immediately by soap and water.
4. Wear A Face Mask
If you’re becoming ill, may it be a common cold or flu, don’t forget to use a mask. You’re not feeling well or getting suffocated wearing the mask, make sure you cover yourself during coughing.
For the not sick, you don’t need to use mask unless you are a caregiver of the infected. Wearing the mask correctly should also be supervised.
5. Self Quarantine
When the situation around you gets tough, its best to stay indoors. Let the situation be dealt with by the government and hope for the best.
Only go outdoors when in need of supplies, medications and medical emergencies. Also, limit contact with pets and animals as they are a favorable host for this virus.
6. Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces
A clean home will be the first of your concerns. Clean and disinfect the surfaces that you often touch. It includes doorknobs, light switch, sinks, keyboard, faucets etc.
You can disinfect surfaces with bleach or alcohol-based solutions and other EPA approved disinfectants.
7. Stock Up On Supplies
Stocking up on household groceries is a clever thing to do from the prolong home stay during an outbreak. Contact your healthcare provider and ask about which medications to have in hand during an outbreak in your community.
Over the counter, drugs should be stocked up to treat symptoms like fever and cold.
8. Avoid COVID-19 Hotspots
Tell your family members to avoid the probable hotspots of coronavirus. These up to date information can be found from your National and local authorities.
Avoid traveling to these places if you have any elderly in your family or have diabetes, asthma or heart disease. Give the immune compromised proper nutrition and frequently check their fever and vital signs.
9. Cancel Travel Plans and Avoid Crowded Place
It’s better not to travel in this situation where there’s uncertainty everywhere. You don’t know from where or from what you’ll get affected.
Try to avoid crowded places and social gatherings to be safe. Work from home if necessary and urge education institutions to withhold its operations until this situation eradicated.
10. Get Medical Help If Sick
Leaving alone can be daunting in this situation but as you think for yourself, you must think for others also. If you think you have the required symptoms to be called affected, get urgent medical help.
If you’re want to stay with your family, keep distance yourself from them.