One thing that has taken the whole world by storm and brought a pause to everyone’s life is a coronavirus. The number of cases and the death toll is increasing day by day. We all need to come together to win the fight against coronavirus. There is no vaccine or treatment available yet to deal with the virus. So, in this scenario, the ideal way to deal with it is social distancing and isolation. Apart from that, some other measures should be kept in mind to win the fight against coronavirus.
HERE IS A LIST OF FEW COMMON TIPS TO KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE DURING THIS GLOBAL CRISIS.
The importance of handwashing can’t be stressed upon enough. Forget the way you used to wash hands till now and learn the right way to do it. The majority of the population doesn’t know the right way to wash their hands. They should be washed for 20 seconds with adequate soap and water following the steps given in the picture. If alcohol-based sanitizer is being used then also follow the same steps.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
It has been observed that the severity of the virus is more in the persons who are suffering from any co-morbid conditions like Diabetes or are immunocompromised. It is necessary to boost your immunity so that the body can fight with the virus. As advised by the Ministry of AYUSH, some measures to do so are – a) Drinking warm water throughout the day. b) Practicing Yoga, Pranayam, and meditation. c) Using spices like Haldi (turmeric), garlic while cooking. d) Taking essential vitamins like Vitamin C to boost your immunity.
DISINFECT YOUR BELONGINGS.
In a study, it has been found that the virus can stay on surfaces for certain hours. According to it, it stays on copper for 4 hours, on cardboard for 24 hours, and on plastic or steel for up to 72 hours. So, whenever you go out to get your essentials, try not to touch anything and once you are back home disinfecting your mobile and everything. Any article that comes from outside should first be disinfected. The fruits and vegetables should also be thoroughly washed.
COVER AND MOUTH AND NOSE WHILE SNEEZING.
The main mode of transmission of the virus is through respiratory droplets and surface contact. So, use your elbow or tissue while you are coughing or sneezing. Don’t use your hands as you can infect other surfaces and also you can touch own face with them. Use a mask if you are having a cough. It is one of the symptoms of the disease but alone not a very important one.
DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.
In a study, it has been seen that a person touches his face 23 – 26 times per hour. As the virus spread through respiratory droplets or by surface contact, so if you touch something infected and then touch your face with the same hands then the virus can enter the respiratory tract through the nose. So, it is important to take care and not to touch your face at all.
*cover image source: World Health Organisation