How To Stay Safe During The Coronavirus Outbreak

A COVID-19 vaccine is a hypothetical vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although no vaccine exists yet, there are multiple attempts in progress to develop such a vaccine. In late February 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it did not expect a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus, to become available in less than 18 months. By early March 2020, some 30 vaccine candidates were in development.

So health experts from all around the world are giving advises in order to stop the dangerous virus from spreading.

How to protect yourself?

Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap, for at least 20 seconds. Use a sanitiser afterwards

Wash your hands with soap and water to minimize your infection risk. The best way to prevent coronavirus is to wash your hands as often as possible. Wet your hands with warm water, then apply a mild soap. Work the soap into a lather for 20-30 seconds, then rinse your hands clean under warm running water. This is about how long it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song to yourself twice

Use a tissue for sneezes and coughs

If you don’t have a tissue by hand, do not sneeze in the palms of our hands. Sneeze into your elbow.

Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.You’ll likely cough and sneeze a lot if you have coronavirus or another respiratory infection. Protect others from your germs by covering your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). This will prevent your germs from becoming airborne.

Do not touch your face with unwashed hands

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. You may come into contact with the coronavirus on a surface, like a doorknob or countertop. When this happens, the germs can linger on your hands, so you can easily infect yourself if you touch your face with dirty hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth in case the virus is on your skin.

Avoid contact with people who are unwell

Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing. Since coronavirus is a respiratory infection, coughing and sneezing are common symptoms. Additionally, coughing and sneezing both release the virus into the air, so they may increase your risk of infection. Keep your distance from people who appear to have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.
Don’t shake hands with people, whether they show symptoms or not. Unfortunately, people who are infected with coronavirus may spread the illness even if they aren’t showing symptoms. To protect yourself, limit your contact with others just in case. Kindly decline to shake hands until the coronavirus threat is over.

Disinfect high-touch surfaces daily using a product that kills viruses

Unfortunately, coronavirus can linger on surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, and faucets. Use a spray disinfectant or bleach wipes to clean these surfaces daily. Make sure the surface stays wet for about 10 minutes so it effectively kills the virus. This limits the risk of the virus lingering on the surfaces and potentially causing an infection.

Try not to worry too much if you’re not truly at risk

Myths about coronavirus have spread on social media, sometimes causing unnecessary fear. Get the facts about coronavirus from a reliable source like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO). Additionally, it’s helpful to fact-check your sources before making any decisions.

Wear disposable protective gear while providing care

Put on disposable gloves, a face mask, and a paper gown before you care for the sick person. When you leave their room, take off your protective gear and throw it in a plastic trash bag. Don’t reuse your protective clothing because you may accidentally come into contact with the virus.

Don’t share household items with the infected person

Coronavirus can linger on items like cups, plates, utensils, and towels. Use separate items for each member of the household while someone is sick. Otherwise, you might accidentally spread the infection.

Wash all laundry on hot to disinfect it

Clothing, bedding, and towels can all hold coronavirus, so it’s important to wash them thoroughly. Set your washing machine on the hottest setting and measure out the recommended amount of detergent for the load size. Then, wash your laundry on the normal or heavy-duty setting, depending on your model.

Open a window to ventilate the room if weather permits

Since coronavirus is airborne, you’re at a greater risk of infection while you’re sharing a space with a sick person. Ventilating the room may help clear out the air, which can minimize your risk of contracting the virus. Open a window or turn on an air conditioner if you can.

Cook meat and eggs thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection

Coronaviruses may transmit from animals to humans, so it’s important to cook animal products thoroughly to kill any germs. Follow the instructions for the type of meat or eggs you’re cooking, and check the internal temperature of your food using a food thermometer before you eat.

Limit your contact with live animals to lower the risk of transmission

Don’t risk handling an animal that might be ill. Avoid handling live animals unless you work with animals or are caring for pets. If you must handle an animal other than your pet, touch it as little as possible.

Limit your contact with live animals to lower the risk of transmission

Don’t risk handling an animal that might be ill. Avoid handling live animals unless you work with animals or are caring for pets. If you must handle an animal other than your pet, touch it as little as possible.

Contact your doctor if you suspect you have coronavirus

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and have traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Europe, another area with sustained transmission of the virus or come into contact with someone that has the infection, you may have coronavirus. Call your doctor to tell them about your symptoms and ask if you need to come in for an exam. Your doctor may ask you to come in for lab testing but could recommend you stay home to avoid spreading the infection.

Stay home if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection

Aside from going to the doctor, don’t leave your home if you’re sick. You may be contagious and don’t want to spread the virus to anyone else. Focus on resting and giving your body time to recover.

Coronavirus Symptoms

  • Muscle pain
  • Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Breathing Difficulties

If you have the symptoms, do not go into the hospital. Contact authorities and they’ll test you for coronavirus at your home.

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