In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and also to protect yourself from being infected, it’s essential to follow some precautionary steps. As the virus spreads from person to person and through contact with contaminated surfaces, it’s important to keep yourself safe from such types of exposure.
Here are the things to do to protect yourself from COVID-19:
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If your area has issued a corona-virus warning, you should keep indoors as much as possible. If you are experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolation is mandatory. Keep yourself and your belongings away from others. Limit any physical contact with others such as family members, co-workers, etc. Try to disinfect your space as much as possible. Do this for at least 15 days or the amount of time recommended by the local authorities.
If you are returning from an area with coronavirus infection, you will be quarantined by the health authorities in your area. Try to be as co-operative as possible as this procedure can be stressful and inconvenient. Most of the countries are quarantining their citizens travelling from affected areas as a precautionary measure for up to 15 days. If you develop symptoms in this time or are tested positive for COVID-19, you will be hospitalized and treated accordingly.
However, should no symptoms arise, you will be cleared? It’s still advisable to stay indoors after that time as the incubatory period can be longer in some cases.
Avoid travelling during this time. Coronavirus has already been confirmed in 162 countries so it’s likely your area has also seen cases of coronavirus. The coronavirus is airborne and highly contagious. The Keyway viruses like this spread are through public transport and communication hubs. Contamination is very common in airports, bus stations, trains and other various forms of public transportation.
So avoid travelling especially abroad and try to limit your exposure to such places as much as possible.
Avoid Open Crowds:
As coronavirus spreads from person to person and contamination of surfaces, it’s a no-brainer to avoid large gatherings and open crowds. Places like shopping malls, bus stations, airports, markets are hotspots for infection. There is no way to control the spread of an airborne virus is such situations.
So keep away from any gathering place like clubs, bars, malls, etc. for the duration of this pandemic. Avoid moving with groups of people, and avoid any mass gatherings or public events. Most countries have already cancelled or postponed any public event until further notice. So try to stay indoors as much as possible.
Wear a Mask:
Wear a mask for protection. N95 masks have been recommended by experts as effective for protection against coronavirus. Wearing a mask while outside greatly reduces the risk of infection by airborne diseases which enter the body through mouth and nose. Those who are sick should also wear masks to prevent the spread of infection.
It is also necessary to be responsible while purchasing masks for use. As the infection spreads across the globe, the supply of protective equipment like masks and gloves have dwindled so much that first responders in crisis zones have not been able to procure them.
So as consumers, it’s our responsibility to use only how much we need. It is crucial so that the equipment reaches those who need it the most.