Corona virus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
China informed WHO about the detection of a SARS contagious virus on 31st December 2019, after 266 people had already been infected. A vaccination for the virus has not yet been developed, making it extremely dangerous to human life. The virus has since infected people in more than 210 countries and territories. Governments have imposed lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to protect their citizens. However, people must take preventive measures by themselves to avoid getting infected.
Wearing masks is essential in stopping the spread of the virus and contracting it. People are advised to wear a mask while going outside. If you have been experiencing mild cough or cold, then you could be infected by the virus. By wearing a mask, you can prevent spreading the virus to other healthy people.
The WHO has also urged young people to follow all public safety measures, despite having a higher recovery rate the senior citizens and children. Wearing is a mask is a social responsibility during the pandemic so that one doesn’t spread the virus to someone with a lower chance of recovery.
The SARS-Cov2 virus spreads not only by air but also through infected surfaces. The virus can survive in the air and on surfaces for quite some time, even more than 24hours. It is essential to sanitize one’s hands and any part that has come in contact with a foreign object, to avoid transmission of the virus. When buying groceries, it is essential to sanitize them before using them.
You need to wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently during the day. Twenty seconds is the minimum period you need to wash your hands with soap to remove the virus thoroughly. Using an antibacterial soap is a good idea.
Do not touch your face
Most people do not think much before they touch their face. Pushing back a lock of hair, rubbing your eyes due to irritation, or merely scratching your cheek, any of these regular actions could lead to getting infected by the virus.
If your hands have come into contact with an infected object or person and you touch your face without sanitizing your hands, you could get infected. Hence, until the pandemic is over and everything gets back to normal, it is essential to avoid touching your face.
While most COVID-19 affected countries have by now announced a lockdown, it is essential to internalize the need for social distancing. Maintaining a 6-feet distance from anyone you cannot live with can help you avoid catching the virus from infected people. Avoid public gatherings and do not hug people or shake hands.
Follow these simple tips to ensure your health and the well-being of your friends and family.
When and how to wear medical masks to protect against coronavirus
Before putting on a mask, please clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of the mask); discard immediately in a closed bin;
clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.