7 Safety Measures To Fight Against Corona
With global deaths being reported and people diagnosed with this new COVID-19 virus, it becomes a necessity to know all the preventive measures of this contagious virus outbreak. As far as we know, it belongs to “large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)”, as per World Health Organisation’s report. The initial spreading of this virus was said to be transmitted from civet cats to humans (for SARS-CoV) and from dromedary camels to humans (MERS-CoV).
Now that it has caused an epidemic throughout various countries, people are totally freaked out while figuring out how to combat this deadly virus. Initially, to prevent the spread of this virus, people were advised to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths while sneezing or coughing and to cook meat thoroughly before eating it. But while passing the various preventive measures, people circulated their own set of safety measures, some of which were just a myth. So, here are a few safety measures and some myths which surround the prevention of this virus. Make sure you do your bit by giving it a read. Stay Safe!
Safety Measures That Are Taken To Prevent COVID-19
1. Wash Hands Frequently
Regardless of you not touching anything dirty, you have to wash your hands with soap and water or using some alcohol-based hand sanitizer between every 15-20 minutes. The virus that might have been accidentally present on your hands is said to be killed by taking this precautionary measure.
2. Avoid Social Gatherings
At the peak of this outbreak, when the numbers of positive people diagnosed with this virus are increasing every day, people are advised to avoid social gatherings. It is so because, if a person knowingly or unknowingly, catches this virus and sneezes or coughs it on a healthy person, the infectious droplets from their nose or mouth can transfer the virus germs from one person to another. So, it is advised that even if you are at some social event, make sure to keep a distance of 3 feet approximately between yourself and anyone who shows any signs of this virus.
3. Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose And Mouth
Every now and then, a person might end up touching or coming in contact with infected surfaces. As infected hands can spread the viruses to our eyes, nose or mouth and can eventually make one sick, it becomes essential to avoid touching any such sense organs which are susceptible to its spread.
4. Preach And Practise Respiratory Hygiene
Inculcating good respiratory hygiene is the need of the hour and people doing so are mostly marked to be healthy, amongst this epidemic. Practising respiratory hygiene would mean covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing and further disposing of the tissue properly after it has been used. As COVID-19 spreads through an infectious cough or sneeze droplet, this is one of the most effective precautionary measures that one can take.
5. Seek Medical Help
In case of spotting any of the following symptoms like cold, fever, shortness of breath, cough, sneezing and extreme tiredness, consult a doctor immediately. Don’t go on the intensity if you have any of the symptoms, seek medical care at the earliest possible. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses to others.
6. Don’t Just Blindly Follow The Rumors
As everyone is in a panic situation, don’t just take anyone’s word for this virus. Their word of precaution might just be a rumour and a consequence of the panic situation. Rather, trust the COVID-19 advisory as issued by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority. Trust the authentic sources of information only.
7. Use Masks When At Some Public Place
Cover your face with a mask to stay protected from COVID-19 as well as to stop the infection further to spread, while coughing and sneezing. Make sure, you clean your hands before with some alcohol-based hand sanitiser before wearing or even touching the mask with bare hands.
Myths And Facts About COVID 1
1. Cold/Hot weather CAN kill the new coronavirus
Till date, there has been no proven relationship between the weather condition and the spread of this virus. So, regardless of temperature, the most effective preventive measure is said to be by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water
2. Taking A Hot Water Bath Can Help
No, Taking a hot water bath won’t prevent one from getting infected with the new coronavirus disease. The normal body temperature of an average human ranges from 36.5°C to 37°C, and if one ends up taking a hot bath (more than this temp) it can end up causing burns.
19 can be Spread Through Mosquitoes Bites Although, coronavirus is said to be a respiratory disease which spreads through the saliva droplets of an infected person to a non-infected person till date there has been no pieces of evidence proving mosquito bites could transmit coronavirus.
4. Hand Dryers are Effective in Killing the Viruses
Not at all. Hand dryers are not at all effective in protecting one from COVID-19. The germs or the coronaviruses can’t be unfortunately killed with the heat of the hand dryers.
5. Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the virus
As coronavirus is something new, it needs its own vaccine. Pneumonia vaccines can’t help one to protect the spread of coronavirus, and neither can provide protection against the new coronavirus.
6. Older People are More Prone to Catching this Virus
People of all age groups are susceptible to this new coronavirus, be it people of the older generation as well as the people of this generation. But it has been seen that older people with some chronic ailment are prone to becoming severely ill with the virus. Nevertheless, health findings have not been quite successful in proving the same.
So, these were a few preventive measures that can be taken to protect one from the new coronavirus (COVID -19). Let’s Stay Aware! Let’s Stay At Bay From COVID-19!