As the novel coronavirus pandemics comes close to our environment, many are becoming more concerned about their welfare and safety. One of the best ways to go about it is to be calm and observe all professional healthcare guidelines especially the ones outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant local and international health professionals at the organizational level and individual level.
How Can I Protect Myself From The Coronavirus Pandemic?
First things first. Let us follow the WHO guidelines enumerated as follows before we add other professional advice:
1. Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
4. Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
6. Stay home if you feel unwell: If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
7. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider: Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves. Click the link below to read more from WHO:
What Other Measures That Can Be Taken?
Since the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the medical world, concerned professional doctors at the battle frontline has find time to release explainer videos advising the public to do all they can to minimize the occurrences of the prevalence. Doctors are promising the public to do all they can but also want the public to promise them better hygiene and take all safety measures.
Dr. Bajua, an emergency Physician working in the frontline in Canada held that the virus is a cunning little virus that spread so fast because it spread even before one knows he/she have it and develop symptoms.
Bajua held that the number we see in the media are not accurate, they only reveal the number of those that has tested positive. There are so many more people out there that have it and spreading it without even knowing. And they are not on record.
Dr. Bajua advised members of the public to act like they already have the virus and isolate themselves from others. “That is the way you protect yourself from getting it and others.
If you have to go to the groceries to get anything, do not touch your face. That’s the way it get in.
Take turns with experience family members to go get food stuff. Remember only that you will leave through the front door immediately because you are not going for a hug or a kiss.
“Your actions today will determine what I will see two weeks from now. We can handle many sick patients, but there is a limit. After that, I ll rather not say”.
“We can get more testing machines, but who will run them”? Dr. Bajua said.
There are limited number of health professionals and some of them are also going to get sick. I cannot really say enough. Social distancing, staying home, watching your hands. These will get us through this tough times.