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9 March 2020 | 5 min read

Coronavirus Prevention Tips To Help You Stay Safe

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With COVID -19 completely shutting down life as we know it, we need a new blueprint to combat our current reality. Every day, new information—and consequently, more misinformation —is being spread about coronavirus, just how bad it is, and how to prevent coronavirus from getting worse.

With social distancing becoming the new normal and temporary shutdowns now a part of our daily routine and the media being completely consumed with COVID-19, there’s a lot to comprehend—but the most important thing is to protect yourself and your family from the virus. We have curated some coronavirus prevention tips that you must follow for your safety. But before that, here are few things you can do to help yourself and others during the coronavirus outbreak:

Coronavirus Precautions: How To Be Safe From Coronavirus

1. Don’t Panic

While we understand that fear is genuine and understandable, it is equally important to stay calm and not create a panic situation. With people running to grocery stores to overbuy utilities and essential items, we must remember that we are only adding to the chaos by doing so. It is important to be aware and vigilant, but there is no need to panic. Plus, if you are fortunate enough to support those in need (either by supporting a business or loaning money/utility to someone in need), try to help as much as possible. Remember, we are in this together.

2. Trust Only Verified Sources Of Information

Right now, there is a lot of information about COVID-19, from WhatsApp forwards to internet articles – that is why it is essential to take all of it with a grain of salt.

Should you take the news that’s being covered with interviews from doctors and other credible sources seriously? Absolutely. But when your sister’s roommate posts on Twitter that hospitals are running out of tests or that this is an air-borne disease, pause and decide if it’s a valid concern from a credible source {includes WHO and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra}.

3. Wash Your Hands—Really, Really Well

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus is by washing your hands. According to the WHO, you should be following these five specific steps to clean your hands effectively.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Also, make sure you avoid touching public surfaces, and whenever possible, do not touch your nose, eyes, and mouth in any way.

4. Social Distancing Matters

What exactly is social distancing? It depends. Social distancing is all about staying away from crowded places, avoiding physical contact so that you can limit the spread of the virus. And in a vastly connected world like ours, this is possible only when we define our existence to our home. The idea behind this is to curtail transmission further and stop the spread of the pandemic before it goes out of control.

It is also recommended that keeping six feet of distance between you and others at all times is also a good practice. Since many social distancing rules depend on the area you live in, we recommend that you research the coronavirus guidelines for your area and follow them accordingly.

5. Coronavirus Can Affect Those Around You

It’s important to remember that while catching COVID-19 might not be detrimental to you personally, it has the potential of spreading it to a higher risk individual. This means that some individuals are considered at higher risk than others – these include older adults and those with chronic medical conditions or a compromised immune system. It is imperative to consider higher-risk individuals that you might meet frequently and plan accordingly. If you still are going to work or often leaving your home, think that you might come in contact with them indirectly through objects you touch and the transportation you’re taking. Remember: since COVID-19’s incubation period can be up to 14 days, you could still be spreading the virus, even if you are not showing symptoms.

Coronavirus Prevention Tips To Follow Everyday:

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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue – make sure you throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Use a facemask, as recommended by WHO {World Health Organisation}. WHO does not recommend that people wearing a face mask 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
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with an 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 mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
  • 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 the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses
  • Keep in mind the travel advisory set out by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

Tip: digibank by DBS, also offers COVID-19 protection for both ongoing treatment and quarantine cases. With a premium starting at INR 499, you can find out more about the insurance here.

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