How to protect yourself and get prepared for the coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization(WHO) has declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and the number of cases seem to spike worldwide. These below mentioned basic steps can help you reduce your risk of getting ill or infecting others.

How to protect yourself and get prepared for the coronavirus pandemic
Social Distancing

Here’s what you can do:

  • Wash your hands often with soap.
  • If you can, STAY HOME
  • Be calm with children.
  • Be aware of what's happening.keep yourself updated.
  • Don’t stockpile masks and stock up Toilet papers for a month NOT panicky buying of year 's worth of loo rolls.
  • A must stock up on groceries, medicine and other resources.

Wash your hands often with soap( 7-15 times/day)

How to protect yourself and get prepared for the coronavirus pandemic
Wash hands often

It’s not that very nice thing to do , but it works

Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. That splash-under-water flick won’t cut it anymore.

The tip: Firstly,wet your hands and scrub them with soap, taking care to get between your fingers and under your nails. Wash for at least 20 seconds (or about the time it takes to sing “Twinkle twinkle” twice), and dry. Make sure you get your thumbs, too. The C.D.C. also recommends you stop/avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands .

Stay Home if you can!

Even if you have no serious health conditions, and no symptoms of corona , be extra cautious to protect other people specially the elderly. You can do your part to help your community and the world. Do not get close to other people.

We all have been hearing the term "social distancing" in relation to COVID-19 virus. With Regards to social distancing, it’s significant to understand how this virus is transmitted. It spreads through respiratory droplets generated when someone infected coughs or sneezes ( Source : cdc.gov). It is known that these droplets extend about 3 to 6 feet from the person that generates them. If you breathe in the droplets, or they land on your eyes, nose, or mouth then you are at risk of getting infected ( Source : cdc.gov).

The Tip: Social distancing measures may include: Avoiding crowded areas like the malls, Cinema halls or anywhere with large crowds, such as concerts or festivals. Suspending services at houses of worship and Encouraging people to work from home, to name a few.

Be calm with children.

Health Experts suggest that at present , there’s no reason for parents to worry, as coronavirus cases in children have been very rare.

The Tip: The flu vaccine is a must, as vaccinating children is good protection for older people. Try to Take the same precautions you would during a normal flu season: Encourage frequent hand-washing, move away from people who appear to be sick, sneezing and coughing and get the flu shot.

Be aware of whats happening around

There’s heaps of information spreading around, and knowing what is going on will go a long way toward protecting your family.

The Tip: Do always Stay Informed: The Australian Health Department is providing coverage of the crisis.

Face masks don't prevent the infection but washing hands can. Stocking up Face masks don’t help much to protect you as most surgical masks are too loose to prevent inhalation of the virus.

Wearing a mask is more for people already showing symptoms of coronavirus and their caregivers than for people trying to prevent it. And Cloth surgical masks are not helpful at all

Stock up on a 30-day supply of groceries, household supplies and prescriptions, just in case.That doesn’t mean you’ll need to eat only beans and pasta. Here are tips to stock a pantry with shelf-stable and tasty foods. (Don’t forget the marsh-mellows, pretzel and chocolate.)

If you take prescription medications, or are low on any over-the-counter essentials, go to the pharmacy sooner rather than later. And, in no particular order, make sure you’re set with soap, toiletries, laundry detergent, toilet paper and diapers(if you have babies and toddlers)

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