Coronavirus: What To Do To Protect Yourself
The W-H-O says that while COVID-19 is still affecting people across the world, most people who become infected experience a mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. You can take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? 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.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? 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.
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.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
What if I think I’ve become infected?
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.
Why? 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.
Always call a family doctor or walk-in-clinic office first before you go in, to get advice on whether you fit the profile of someone who is more likely to catch COVID-19, Williams explained. “They may want to encourage you instead of contaminating the waiting room … to go to a centre and get assessed,” he said.
Many clinics and physicians offices recommend anyone with serious, flu-like symptoms call a public health hotline rather than head straight to a clinic.
The stores have run out of hand sanitizer, what now?
You can always make your own. Supplies of basic ingredients are available in most stores. Here’s a handy recipe for hand sanitizer:
Homemade Hand Sanitizer Ingredients: 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol. 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit) bowl and spoon. funnel. recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle.