2019 Novel Coronavirus- What are the Best Ways to Avoid it?
In December 2019, a new kind of disease was found in Wuhan, China, that would soon circulate to be the most significant worldwide threat. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus caused flu-like respiratory symptoms, which the doctors first thought was pneumonia, but without a clear cause.
The outbreak didn’t take a lot of time to gain worldwide attention. Also, given that the virus has already made its way into 28 territories and killed at least a thousand people, WHO are on the brink of declaring it a pandemic.
How to Prevent the 2019-nCoV
It might be scary, but it is the truth. Coronavirus is infectious, and it can transmit rapidly. Furthermore, we don’t have a cure for the virus yet. Thus, the best thing we can do is avoid getting exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Here are the measures we can take to prevent Coronavirus:
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands frequently will make sure that your hands won’t have the virus. You need to use a good soap, cleanse for at least 20 seconds, and rinse thoroughly. Reach to the washbasin after the restroom, and before and after your meals and cooking. Do the same after sneezing, coughing, or coming back from outdoors.
Don’t Touch your Nose, Eyes, and Mouth with Unwashed Hands
It is the same reason as the above. This is to prevent the virus from getting into your respiratory system.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
Always have a handkerchief or tissue by your side, and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Don’t forget to discard the tissue after you are done carefully. Do it in a closed tin. If in case you don’t have a tissue, you can use your elbow. Remember to sanitize your hands afterwards.
Tip: You can carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Maintain Distance from Others
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you keep at least 1 m distance from other people when you go outside. When ill people sneeze, the droplets contain the virus. Hence, you would want to avoid getting near that.
Stay at Home when You are Sick
This will be good for you and your surroundings. First, you give yourself a good rest and get better soon. On the other hand, you won’t transmit your disease to anyone.
Don’t Spit Outside
Especially if you are sick, the virus from your spit can infect others.
Use a Face Mask
If in case you are using a surgical mask, there is a right way of doing so.
- If you want to avoid catching diseases, you will need to face the colored part outside. In this case, the metallic strip will be upwards.
- If you already have a disease and want to keep it from transferring to others, face the colored part in.
Avoid touching your face mask with your hands. Also, you should never use a surgical mask for more than a day. Wrap it up in a paper bag and throw it away carefully after use without contact with others.
If you are using other face masks, wash them every day. Be very careful not to touch the outside of the mask, as it may contain viruses.
Remember, facemask only increase your chance by little from preventing the disease. You still need to keep a short distance from others.
Practice Food Hygiene
You need to cut and cook your food properly- especially meat and other animal products. Coronavirus can transmit through animals.
Avoid undercooked meat and dairy. Wash your hands before and after you cook. Do the same with your chop board and knife- wash them after each use. Ensure the pot where you cook, and your kitchen is clean and hygienic.
Never eat animals that have died of a disease. The WHO says you can eat meat even in a disease-stricken area, as long as you handle and cook it properly.
Seek Medical Care When Needed
Just don’t panic. If you think that you have a common cold, you may just have that. Anyway, if you have fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms, visit your nearest healthcare center immediately.
It would be a lie if we said the 2019 Coronavirus isn’t a big deal, because it is. Anyway, what we need to understand is that at the end of the day, it is just a virus. It will only affect us if it can get inside our bodies. With the proper respiratory and personal hygiene, we can avoid it. So, the best thing we can do is understand the precautions, follow them, and encourage our surrounding to do the same.
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