FACTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
This virus leaves me speechless. Sometimes I still feel like having a nightmare but unfortunately this is our reality right now. There are ways how you can protect yourself and stop spreading coronavirus. This blog gives you some tips how to stay safe during this epidemic.
Coronavirus has flue like symptoms at the beginning, so the best you can do for yourself is to monitor your health; get isolated from your family even at home; go and get yourself tested at the local health care center if your symptoms are not improving.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- dry cough
- shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK?
Stay at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care or groceries shopping. Whenever you are leaving wear your face mask and gloves. Do not visit public areas such as parks, gym, pool, etc.
Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
Avoid public transportation. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation.
As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. This is known as a home isolation.
Wear a face mask if you are sick
If you are sick, then you should wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are caring for others, then if the person who is sick is not able to wear a face mask, then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a face mask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. Clean high-touch surfaces in your home (“sick room”, bathroom, kitchen) every day. Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear face mask to cover your nose and mouth to inhale or exhale the virus.
Avoid close contact with other people. This way you can help stop spreading the virus.
Guys, I need to tell all of you that I'm not a health care person, and I put this blog together with the help of multiple articles.
Please, all of you stay at home and take care. We are strong, and that is why we are going to beat this together.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!