COVID-19, a global epidemic has affected 6,032,184 people around the world and counting. The virus has turned out to be so lethal that it threatens the very existence of the human race. The major reason behind this - the lack of vaccination and cure is exactly what has made it appear so dangerous. The first case of coronavirus was reported on 1 December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Medical investigations were followed after this in January 2020 by the Wuhan health authorities.
Presently, in India, the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing drastically. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken precautionary measures to stop its spread. The simplest and only way to keep yourself safe from getting infected is to take these precautionary measures seriously. In this article, I will be giving you an insight into some of the Do’s & Don’ts during this outbreak.
Research has revealed that it all began in Wuhan market that sold live animals. From January 2020 till present there are 6,032,184 cases reported worldwide. This number is on the rise.
However, with the increase in the numbers of infected people, all you can do is maintain good hygiene like washing hands and avoid being in crowded places. Check out the below-mentioned points on a few do's and don'ts to have a clearer understanding.
The very first thing that you must keep at the back of your head a precaution. Here is what you can to do to shield yourself from the coronavirus outbreak:
Wash Hands Frequently
Regular and frequent hand wash for at least 20 seconds will help you avoid germs or any kind of infection. For better results, use soap or hand sanitizers. Make sure that you do this every time you travel or touch anything.
Cover Your Mouth & Nose
Covering your mouth and nose while sneezing or when anyone next to you coughs or sneezes can be considered as the best precaution to fight this pandemic. Coronavirus generally spreads through a cough. And therefore, covering your nose and mouth will keep you safe from this epidemic.
Consult A Doctor If Sick
If you are suffering from cough, common cold, vomiting, nausea, fever, fatigue and shortness of breath, make sure that you consult a doctor at the earliest. Keep in mind that any of these symptoms could be a symptom that you are suffering from the virus.
Avoid being in crowded places since an infected person can spread the virus right away and crowded places is a perfect way to accomplish this. Ensure that you are wearing full sleeve shirts, with anti-pollution masks, preferably N95 masks when you travel. Go out only if it's necessary, otherwise staying indoors is a rather the safest option.
Coronavirus is as deadly as viral fever and swine flu. Therefore, it needs to be treated with the utmost sensitivity. Here is a list of a few things that you should NOT do.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Ensure that you are not touching your face, mouth and nose frequently. By doing this, you can avoid the risks of developing the virus. Again, wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer before eating or touching your face, mouth or eyes.
Avoid Close Contact With Anyone
Do not get close to anyone. Especially, make sure that you are not touching anyone or laughing too closely with someone. In addition, don't forget to use anti-pollution masks when you go out with friends or family. Avoid touching anyone and keep away from anyone who might have the symptoms of the virus. Do not use the same utensils used by another person.
Do Not Spit
If you are among those who spit anywhere, you should know that spitting can increase the spread of COVID-19. Avoid spiting at in public places and home. Moreover, avoid getting close to any sick person suffering from cold and cough.
Refrain from Using Public Transport
Travelling by flight, cab, bus, train or other means of public transportation can get you infected. If you need to travel in case of an emergency, don't forget to use anti-pollution masks and carry a hand sanitizer with you.
You may consider travelling by your own vehicle and avoid public transport in case of an emergency. And in case you're feeling sick lately, it is advised that you avoid travelling and check with a doctor at the earliest.
Don't Use Over the Counter Medicines
If you are suffering from fever, back pain, dry cough, shortness of breath and nausea, it is recommended that you consult a doctor. Do not opt for self-medication. It can lead you to a deadly illness. Say no to antibiotics since it would later lead to antibiotic resistance.
Don’t Panic, Take It Easy
Lastly, you must not fear. Most often, if you are surrounded by a state of fear, it can lead you to take the wrong decisions. And as a result, you may be influenced to take self-medication. In the face of this pandemic, all you need to keep in mind is proper hygiene and keeping your immunity boosted.
Wash hands regularly and frequently, use anti-pollution masks and consult a doctor if you are sick - these are the major 3 mantras to sail you through this outbreak. We can overcome this together only if we follow the preventive measure.