Coronavirus or COVID-19, the recently declared Global Pandemic continues to spread around the world, prompting governments to step up efforts to contain the spread of the disease. As responsible citizens, each of us could play a vital part to stop the spread of Coronavirus. SALT looks at the simple steps through which you can contribute to doing just that.
Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
This is the most simple, yet effective measure that could help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It is recommended to thoroughly clean your hands using soap and washing them for at least 20 seconds. You could also use sanitizers as like soap, it kills viruses that may be on your hands. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth too is important. One of the best ways to prevent Coronavirus lies in practicing good personal hygiene.
Maintain social distancing
The fact that the symptoms aren’t too clear to identify who has the disease raises the significance of social distancing. That means constantly maintaining a distance of 1 metre or 3 feet with others, even in your households. Make sure you follow this even when the ongoing curfews are temporarily lifted.
Cleaning & disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily is another important prevention measure. This includes cleaning surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Practice respiratory hygiene
It is extremely important that 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 and then dispose the used tissue immediately. Likewise, wearing masks could help in preventing the spread of the disease too.
Boost your immune system
A strong immune system can go a long way to stopping you contract the disease and subsequently spreading it. Following daily activities and food choices, getting adequate sleep and staying hydrated will leave your body in a great position to fight off illnesses. Minimizing your intake of overly processed foods and ensuring to eat enough micronutrients help, too. Turning these into habits will lead to lifelong improvement in your health.
Stay calm and relax your mind
While being on top of your physical health is crucial, it’s just as important to pay attention to your mental health. High stress levels can take a toll on your immune system, which is far from ideal in this situation. Check out SALT’s article on how to keep your mind at ease during this tough time.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Of course, although prevention is better than cure, it’s still important to be mindful of your health condition. If you face any of the issues mentioned above, seek medical help but don’t forget to respect the rules imposed by your local authorities in doing so.
On top of all these steps, make sure you stay informed on the latest developments regarding Coronavirus around the country. We have faced and overcome obstacles aplenty in the past and we can do the same with the Coronavirus pandemic. All it takes is for each of us to follow these simple steps and spread awareness to the others. Stay safe.
Do refer to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization.