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9 March 2020 | 2 min read

An Essential Guide To Help You Stay Safe Against Coronavirus

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With new cases of coronavirus being reported almost every day, individual preventive measures can go a long way in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. So, while there are currently no vaccines or medicines to treat Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, there are preventive measures that you can take to protect yourself and those around you.

The World Health Organization says the “most effective” protective measures are the following: cleaning your hands regularly, properly covering your mouth when you cough and social distancing.

Some everyday preventive actions {as advised by WHO} that can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, include the following –

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  3. Stay home when you are sick
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue – make sure you throw the tissue in the trash
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  6. Use a facemask, as recommended by WHO {World Health Organisation}. WHO does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Also masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  7. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  8. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks
  9. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  10. Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
  11. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses
  12. Keep in mind the travel advisory set out by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

One last thing to keep in mind — don’t fall prey to fake news! There’s plenty of misleading information out there on the coronavirus outbreak, and sharing it is dangerous. Follow trusted sources of information — these include the World Health Organisation and India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

by Mary Martina
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