How to Protect yourself and Others from the Coronavirus and COVID-19?
Protect against Coronavirus and covid-19: To help cushion the spread of the COVID-19 and coronavirus – the virus that causes it, here are Crucial steps that can help protect you, your family , Loved ones and others.
Avoid close contact with others
First and foremost, It’s important to understand that the new coronavirus spreads mainly from person to person. If an infected person sneezes or coughs, their droplets can infect people closeby. That’s why it is necessary to avoid close contact with other people. Also understand that the new Coronavirus affects all ages (including children), so measures should be taken to a avoid close contact with others. These measures includes:
Stay at home as much as you can and reduce visitors.
Keep distance between yourself and others (practice social distancing).
Stay at least six 6 feet (2metres) away from anyone who is sick or has the symptoms.
Avoid mass gatherings, large events or social gathering
Call friends and family or use video call
If it’s possible, ask your employer if you can work from home.
Avoid people who appear sick.
People who are healthy do not need to wear a mask unless you are exposed to people with COVID-19, caring for someone diagnosed with, or being monitored for, COVID-19, or respiratory illness.
Practice good hygiene wherever you are
The virus can survive several hours or even days on some surfaces. Touching a contaminated surface such as door knob, furniture, clothes and then touching your face is one of the ways to become infected.
The virus cannot live more than 72 hours on plastic and not more 48 hours on cardboard or stainless steel. Having that in mind:
Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer which contains at least 60% alcohol, especially:
After touching door handles, clothes, elevator buttons etc, or being in public places
After using the toilet or restroom
Before preparing meals
Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose or mouth, especially if your hands aren’t washed.
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow you cough or sneeze. If you use a tissue, discard immediately.
Take precautions if you are caring for or living with a sick person.
Wear a face mask if you are caring for someone who has respiratory symptoms.
Clean counters, door knobs, phones and tablets or surfaces you often touch frequently, using disinfectant cleaners or wipes.
If you are sick, follow these guidelines:
Stay at home if you feel sick unless you have a medical emergency such as very high fever, or severe shortness of breath.
Call your doctor or urgent healthcare facility and explain your symptoms over the phone.