The World health organization has officially announced that the coronavirus is a pandemic, after the rapid increase in the spread of this respiratory illness. This virus is spreading at such an alarming rate that the CDC has warned countries, with the rising number of confirmed cases, to prepare for disruption in day-to-day life, especially if the virus spreads within communities.
As the threat becomes more apparent and inevitable, it is high time for us to take precautionary measures. However, amid all the chaos, we also see an emergence of misleading information, which is why we address the most significant concerns on everyone’s mind with authentic and reliable sources.
This article consists of both the world health organizations as well as the center for disease control and prevention’s guideline that stands accurate as of March 26, 2020. Before explaining the preventive measure for coronavirus, it is only natural to wonder how likely you are to get the virus.
What Are My Chances Of Getting Coronavirus?
Although certain groups of people are at a higher risk of developing complications and needing hospitalization when sick, almost anyone can contract coronavirus. Some people that are infected with this virus will develop flu-like symptoms, while some will remain asymptomatic. Regardless of you showing symptoms are not, it is the responsibility of everyone to limit the spread of this respiratory virus to other people.
According to the osteopathic doctor, Dr. Tom Moorcroft, who specializes in infectious disease, if we unknowingly pass on the virus to a person that has serious medical history, then you are these people are more at risk of developing deadly complications.
How to Prevent Coronavirus?
Since there is no vaccine available for the COVID-19 as of yet, the best course of prevention is to limit exposure to it and inhibit its infectivity rate. We can do that by first understanding how the virus spreads in the firsts place.
The CDC believes the primary source of the spread of this virus is from person to person. When an infected person coughs and sneezes, the virus spread from that infected person to a healthy one through respiratory droplets. These infected droplets reach the lungs to wreak havoc through entry points like mouth, eyes, or nose of the person.
Keep this information in mind since all the preventive measures we describe below will revolve around not letting the virus reach the lungs.
Steps To Prevent Yourself From Coronavirus:
1. Keep Your Hands Clean
Dr. Tom Moorcroft also went on to say that the number one preventive measure offered by the CDC is to practice good personal hygiene and to wash your hands with soap and water frequently. You especially need to wash your hands correctly for at least 20 seconds after you come from a public place, or after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
You can also sanitize your hands when soap and water aren’t available using a sanitizer that has 60%+ alcohol content. Put some sanitizer on your hand and cover all surfaces of your hand until they feel dry.
2. Don’t Touch Your Face
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, especially with unwashed hands. Even with clean hands, get into the habit of not touching your face. This is because our hands touch many surfaces, and since the virus is capable of surviving on the surface of any material, we can easily pick it up on our hands. Once we unknowingly contaminate our hands and touch any of the entry points, we can transfer it into ourselves. In other words, to get infected instantly, all your need is one touch to your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people that are sick or if yourself is sick. Put as much distance between yourself and the community, especially if the COVID-19 is raising spreading. This is absolutely crucial for people that have a weak immune system or have a medical condition that puts them at a higher risk of getting sick.
4. Practice Social Distancing
Like avoiding close contact, practicing social distancing is as much of a step to prevent coronavirus for yourself as it is to protect others. CDC recommended maintaining a meter long distance, i.e., 3 feet, between anyone that sneezes or chough. World health organizations state this step to be crucial in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Authorities like the CDC, WHO, many governments, and all the healthcare providers recommend staying at home if you are feeling sick. They also explain that if you choose to stay at home, you could be contributing to flattening the curve.
Now it is pretty evident that not all people can work from home and need to leave the house eventually to work. For people like that authorities ask them to practice necessary preventative measures
5. Follow Public Health Guidelines
With the progression of this novel coronavirus, many states and cities took it upon themselves to introduce their own public health guidelines for the local public. By mid-march 2020, many public gathering places like educational institutes, sporting events, and restaurants and bars were shut down.
Therefore, be informed about the local public health guidelines of your city and prevent coronavirus by abiding by it as best to your ability. In addition to that, also stay updated with the latest development about COVID-19 and follow the guidance and advice of your local healthcare providers on best you can prevent the spread of coronavirus.
6. Boost Your Immune System
According to many health care providers, the best defense against infections, viruses, and diseases is to have a strong immune system. Therefore, on top of practicing all the preventing measure, you should also work to boost your immune system better. Dr. Moorcroft explains this by saying that our bodies are better able to fight off illness when our immune system is humming, and for that, you need to put in all your efforts to get in tip-top shape.
We can utilize this time and practice like social distancing to work on all of our health habits that we have been procrastinating like making smarter food choices, starting daily activities, and educating ourselves about the myths of nutrition. Also, get adequate sleep, sunlight, and fresh air daily. Make use of this time to making long life improvements.
To further educate you about your immune system, our health experts busted three common myths that we usually believe and presented us with three truths about the immune system in replacement of those myths. The truths are:
You can boost your immune system by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Exercise and sleep are essential for boosting our immune systems.
Our immune health is directly linked to our gut health.
Make smart decisions based on these facts.
7. Stay Calm and Alert, Not Anxious
The last thing we should be doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus is not being anxious. The fear of a threat is sometimes far worse than the danger itself. While you are taking care of your physical health and your immune system, it is equally important to take care of our mental health. Having high stress and anxiety can hinder the progress of your immune system, which is something none of us want in the face of this pandemic.
Psychotherapists have recommended considering the following tips to keep your nerves down if you are feeling anxious.
Limit the amount of information you consume
Focus on the things that you can control
Keep yourself busy with other things
Set aside a time to be informed and focus on being alert, not anxious
Don’t isolate yourself completely. Reach out to a friend and vent if nothing else.
Steps To Prevent Others from Coronavirus
1. Practice Basic Respiratory Hygiene
To prevent others from catching the deadly virus, practice basic respiratory hygiene like covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow every time you sneeze or cough. After use, dispose of the tissue in a trash can and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Again, if washing your hand is not possible, then sanitize them as soon as possible. Remember to check for the alcohol content of the hand sanitizer to be more than 60%.
2. Wear a Facemask
You should wear a facemask if you are sick, caring for someone that is sick or around people that you don’t know if they are sick or not. You should also have a face mask every time you visit the office of a healthcare provider.
If you have a breathing problem than inhibits you from wearing a facemask, then try your best to cover your face when you are sneezing or coughing.
3. Clean and Disinfect
You also need to do your personal best in cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are touched frequently. Surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, countertops, tables, handles, phones, keyboards, faucets, sinks, and toilets should be of high priority. Before disinfecting the surfaces, clean them with soap or detergent and water. Use alcohol-based disinfectants. In addition to the hard surface, disinfect all the items you bring in your houses like packages or groceries.
It is in trying times like these that we need to stand together and act responsibly. It is only with individual efforts that we will make a change. Let’s dedicate all our efforts in staying healthy and keeping others healthy as well.