In this article, we will discuss 10 tips to stay safe from coronavirus. We will try to understand what coronavirus actually is and how we can save ourselves from it. Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been considered a pandemic because the disease has spread across the whole world.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a virus responsible for causing the common cold. Until December 2019 it was considered a non-threatening virus but then the sudden outbreak of a new kind of coronavirus “SARS-CoV-2” (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) has shaken the world as it is responsible for causing millions of infections globally. The infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 is called “COVID-19”. This type is associated with some severe diseases. Covid-19 is considered threatening due to its rapid transmission among people. The transmission occurs from person to person via air droplets that can travel from the nasal cavity to your lungs. Once this virus reaches your lungs it starts replicating its cells to begin the lung damage that will lead to upper respiratory tract infection causing low oxygen levels and will make breathing difficult.
As the coronavirus mainly resides in the respiratory tract (from nose to lungs), after 3-4 days of infection, you will start observing some symptoms which are discussed in the order from mild to severe:
- Dry coughing
- Common cold / runny nose
- Sore throat (pain and inflammation in the throat)
- Fatigue (weakness)
- Body pain
- Loss of sense of smell and taste
Now the significant symptoms in which you will need to consult your doctor are:
- Shortness of breath / Difficulty in breathing
- Severe chest pain or compression on the chest
- Slurred speech and inability to move
10 Tips to Keep Yourself Safe from Coronavirus
We all clearly know that there is no vaccine for COVID-19 that has shown any conclusive effects yet. Scientists are busy researching and are still trying to understand this virus completely. Though there is a high probability that it will still take some more months before they will be able to introduce a vaccine. Till then we have to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this pandemic.
So here are 10 tips which will help you keep yourself safe from coronavirus. All the tips mentioned below are going to be very authentic as we have compiled them according to the guidelines from WHO, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.
1. Be Careful:
This is not actually a tip but it is necessary to be careful about what you read on the internet because misinformation is not acceptable when it is related to the integrity of your health. Try to find the authentic site and believe in only what your doctor says about curing or protecting yourself from COVID-19.
2. Wash your Hands:
According to WHO guidelines, the most efficient thing you can do is to wash your hands for 20 seconds after every hour especially after coughing, sneezing, and touching any contagious surface. Washing hands kills all the germs that can be found in your hand.
If you are unable to use water and soap for keeping the germs away, then you should use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub it on your hands in the same way you rub your hands while washing. Make sure to avoid touching your face with unhygienic hands.
4. Clean Surroundings:
Keep your surroundings disinfected by cleaning household things with alcohol pads or by spraying disinfectants on them.
5. Social Distancing:
Stop interacting with people, try to maintain at least a 1-meter distance (preferably more) from others because the other person may carry a virus. That virus can invade your body via air droplets even when the person speaks. This is especially true when you are in crowded places. Though it is much better to avoid crowds in the first place and practise social distancing.
6. Cover Up:
There is a phrase called respiratory hygiene that means covering your mouth and nose with a mask. You should be wearing a mask almost under all circumstances to save yourself and others. And if you get infected with coronavirus, you must wear a mask at all times so you can protect others. On the other hand, you must also use a mask when you are in contact with an infected person.
7. Food for your Immunity:
This point is going to be essential for those who are confused about how to save themselves from this disease. They can do so by making their health and immunity better. In these times when everyone is at home why not take an initiative to maintain your diet because the only thing which can protect us from this deadly virus is our immunity. WHO has developed specific guidance on how to eat healthily. Nutritionists have made a diet consisting of all the immunity-boosting food including fresh fruit, vegetables, and juices.
8. Physical Health:
Nutritionists with a good diet plan are also focusing on making people physically active even when they are at home. For that WHO has suggested some home-based exercises and tips that can be a fun activity too for you and your family.
9. Listen to your Doctor:
Now, this point is for those who have serious symptoms of COVID-19. In this situation, all you have to do is seek the right medical attention and follow your doctor’s advice.
10. Mental Health:
The very last thing we all are facing is mental stress due to this pandemic. The lockdown around the world is causing a feeling of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, confusion, and depression. It is important to keep yourself mentally stable and strong under these circumstances.
So we can conclude that this pandemic is new to our world but thankfully we have a lot of research that shows how we can prevent ourselves from coronavirus. We have shared 10 such tips to stay safe from coronavirus. But, to be on the safe side, we need to keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest researches from WHO and from our country based health authorities.
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