You probably must be worried about the all new Coronavirus - COVID-19, especially if there are confirmed cases near you. You can take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family. Simple things like staying home whenever possible, avoiding sick people, washing your hands and disinfecting touch surfaces can help you stay well. If you feel sick or suspect yourself as sick, call and consult your doctor. Stay home until your doctor tell you to seek medical care.

Protect yourself aganist Coronavirus

Wash your hands - To minimize your infection risk you'll have to wash your hands with soap and water. The best way to prevent coronavirus infection is to wash your hands as often as possible. Wet your hands with warm water, then apply a mild soap. For 20-30 seconds, work the soap into a lather. Then rinse your hands clean under warm running water.

The World Health Organization recommends to wash your hands by interlacing and interlocking your fingers in a variety of different ways to make sure you clean every surface of your hand.To dry your hands use the paper towel and turn off the faucet. To learn the hand washing technique refer the WHO hand washing techniques:

World Health Organization: Hand washing technqiue

Always wash your hands before you eat or drink. We also recommend you to wash your hands regularly if you're out in public or you're around someone you suspect may be sick.

If you can't wash your hands, use a alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. Alcohol percentages above 95% are less effective.

Keep your hands away from eyes, nose and mouth - You may come into the contact of coronavirus on a surface, like door knob, table top, etc. When this happens the germs may stick to your hands, so touching your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth can easily infect you.

If you want to touch your face, wash your hands first so you're less likely to get infected.

Stay away from sick people who are coughing or sneezing - Common symptoms of coronavirus are respiratory infection, coughing and sneezing. Coughing and sneezing release the virus in the air so staying near to such people may increase the risk of infection. Keep distance from people who appear to have symptoms of throat infection.

Aviod shaking hands with people around you - The coronavirus infected person does not show any symptoms. To protect yourself, limit your contact with people arround you. Kindly decline to shake your hands and greet them with namaste.

Disinfect surfaces: The coronavirus lies on the surfaces like doorknobs, faucets, tabletops, etc. Use disinfectant spray and make sure that the surface remains wet for atleast 10 minutes so that the virus is killed effectively.

Practicing Social Distancing

Stay Home as much as possible: Social distancing can help limit the spread of virus. Leave your home only if it is necessary for e.g refilling groceries or leaving for work. If posssible you may work from home.

By social distancing you, you reduce likelyhood to come into contact with infected persons and the virus does not spreads easily.

If you're in a high-risk group (i.e. age group of 65+) or have a health condition like heart disease or asthama or have a compromised immune system, it is very important to stay in your home.

Maintain a distance of 2 meter between you and others when you go out: You may often need to leave your home to buy groceries or vegetables make sure you maintain a distance of 2 meter and do not get too close to the other people arround you.

Caring for a Sick Person

Wear disposable protective gear: As a preventive method, wear gloves, mask and an apron before you care for a sick person. When you're done with it do remember to dispose the gloves, mask and apron into the closed dustbin. Don't reuse the disposable clothes as you may get infected.

Don't share household items: Items like cups, plates, utensils and towels may get infected and sharing such items may result in the spread of the coronavirus. Sharing these items may accidently spread the infection.

Wash the item properly before you reuse them.

Washing laundary: Wash all your laundary items like bedsheet, towels, bedding and clothes on hot mode to disinfect it. Add appropriate amount of bleach or detergent powder to disinfect your clothes.

Avioding Transmission from Animals

Limit your contact with pets or live animals: Don't risk unneccessarily handling your pet if the animal is ill. Animals are most likely sources of infection. If you touch your pet do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly as mentioned in the above steps.

Cooking Eggs, Meat or Chicken: Coronavirus may transmit from animals to human beings. So, it is very important to cook animal products thoroughly to kill any germs.

Blog Autor:

Dr. Sunil Mehta

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