As the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health organisations work to find a permanent cure for the dreaded coronavirus, there are measures that you can take to prevent coronavirus.
Currently there is no cure accepted and recommended by WHO but testing of various treatments are ongoing.
Information is key. With the right information you can be able to protect yourself. At CheckingFact.com, we believe in giving facts to help people in times like this
How to protect yourself from coronavirus
Follow these ways to prevent coronavirus.
Wash your hands frequently
Washing your hands frequently with alcohol based substance or with soap can help prevent coronavirus. This is because it can kill the viruses that are in your hands. Here is what WHO says:
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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Your eyes, nose and mouth are points through which viruses can enter into your body. Since your hands touch a lot of things regularly, it can pick up viruses and touching your eyes, nose and mouth with it might just transfer it into your body.
This is what the WHO says
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.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you are in a city with reported cases, try and avoid close contact with people who are sick. This is what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise.
Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you sneeze or cough and encourage everyone to do same
Practising healthy respiratory hygiene can help protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus. You can do this by ensuring that you and everyone around you cover their nose or mouth with tissue of their elbow when they cough or sneeze.
The reason is that coronavirus can be transmitted through droplets that emanates from sneezing and coughing.
Wear Face mask if a member of your household is infected
If someone close to you is infected and you live in same apartment and may have to look after him or her, wear recommended Face Mask. Face masks offer some protection as they block liquid droplets. They may not block smaller aerosol particles that can pass through the material of the mask.
Seek medically help as soon as you can
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, make sure that you seek medical help early. Don’t leave it late. Also, immediately try to stay away from people.
Maintain social distance and avoid public places if you live in affected area.
If you live in affected area then avoid direct and unprotected contact with animals and surfaces that have contact with animal.
Stay away from public places if you live in affected places.
The WHO recommends that:
You 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
Keep yourself informed
Remember that the WHO and others are working hard to find a medication to cure or help people protect themselves. It is certain that new information will come out regularly. Stay informed
Other ways to protect yourself and others
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Resting and avoiding overexertion
- Drink enough water
Please note that the above are things that you can do to protect yourself. There is no WHO approved cure fore the virus yet. The best you can do is to follow these steps to protect yourself.