COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease caused by a coronavirus that spreads from person to person via their respiratory droplets. The spread of coronavirus can be prevented by exercising some tips. In this article, we will discuss safety measures to prevent coronavirus and why are they necessary. It is important that along with the safety measures, we understand why are these measures necessary and what’s the logic behind these. For any further questions, leave a comment below.
WASHING HANDS FREQUENTLY
Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing and when you come back home from outside.
Wash your hands properly for at least 20 seconds because the soap requires at least 20 seconds to kill the virus and bacteria. Wet your hands with running water, then apply soap, scrub all the parts of your hands, rinse them with running water and then dry it with a tissue paper or a clean towel.
Use can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the go. Make sure it has at least 60% alcohol because high alcohol content helps in killing bacteria and viruses. Always wash your hands with soap and water, if they are visibly dirty.
Washing your hands frequently is necessary because the coronavirus can stay on surfaces for a long time. If an infected person coughs or sneezes on that surface, and you touch that surface, you can easily catch coronavirus.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE
It is a part of human nature to touch face, eyes, nose, and chin unconsciously. You should avoid touching them because hands touch many surfaces and can carry viruses and bacteria. This habit makes you prone to coronavirus infections, you can transmit the viruses and bacteria to your face that you have caught from surrounding or by touching other people. If you need to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands properly and then touch it.
STAY AT HOME
It is so important to stay at home, especially if you are having any flu-like symptoms or if you have a travel history of the past 14 days. It is beneficial for you and others as well.
If you have traveled internationally, there is a chance that you are infected and your body is not showing any symptom. You can infect others in this period, so it is necessary to quarantine yourself for at least 14 days to protect others from getting infected.
Apart from any symptoms and travel history, it is good to stay at home as much as you can. Avoid exposure to crowded and closed places. The more you stay at home, the more protected you will be against coronavirus.
MAINTAIN A SOCIAL DISTANCE
Maintaing social distance is one of the most significant measure to prevent Coronavirus. You should maintain a distance of 3 feet (1 meter) from people who are having flu-like symptoms. Coronavirus is highly contagious, there is a high chance of getting infected if you are in close contact with someone who is suffering from it. A graphical illustration of social distancing is given below:
Coronavirus can reside on surfaces. It is recommended to clean and disinfect high touch surfaces like doorknobs, switchboards, keys and cell phones, etc. There is a fair chance of transmission of coronavirus through these surfaces. If anyone touches them with contaminated hands, your hands can get contaminated too.
You should also try to disinfect the products you are bringing home from the outside. You never know who has coughed, sneezed or touched them with contaminated hands.
COUGH AND SNEEZING
You should cover your mouth with tissue paper while coughing and sneezing or cover it by an elbow. Throw that tissue paper in the dustbin and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
WEAR A FACE MASK
It is necessary to wear a face mask if you are having an interaction with an infected person, or suffering from flu-like symptoms. It will protect others from getting infected. By wearing a face mask you would not transmit your infected respiratory droplets that would protect against coronavirus spread.
AVOID SHAKING HANDS
Stop shaking hands to greet people, instead, you can nod, bow or wave a hand to greet them. It is a tip to keep yourself and the other people protected. Shaking hands can cause transmission of coronavirus from one’s hands to another.
Prevention is better than cure. You should exercise all the above-mentioned tips to protect yourself from catching a coronavirus infection. Everyone has to play their role to stop the dissemination of this coronavirus outbreak. You should take precautionary measures even if you are healthy because you can transmit it to someone with a weak immune system, an elderly or someone asthmatic. To them, it would be lethal, so everyone needs to take these safety measures to protect other people. If you need more information regarding coronavirus, you can visit InstaCare health articles for it.