Protecting yourself and others from the spread COVID-19

Protecting yourself and others from the spread COVID-19

You can minimise your possibilities of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by adopting some simple preventive measures:

Repeatedly and absolutely clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap for 20 seconds rinse off with water. Why? Because washing your hands with soap and water or by applying alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) space between yourself and others. Why? Because when individual sneezes, speaks or coughs they tend to spray liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may include virus. If you are sitting or standing quite near each other then, while breathing you can consume those droplets, containing the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.

Refrain from going to jammed or crowded places. Why? Where people come collectively in crowds, you are more likely to get exposed with someone who has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to keep physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).Elude touching mouth, nose and eyes. Why? Hands touch many places and can grab viruses. Once exposed, hands can easily carry and pass on the virus to enter your body. These parts of your body allows the virus to enter your body and contaminate you. Make sure you, and the people surrounded around you, follow good respiratory healthiness. This means covering your nose and mouth with tissue or bent elbow when you sneeze or cough. Then throw away of the used tissue in the dustbin immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By maintaining good hygiene of the respiratory system, not only you protect yourself but you take care of the people around you from viruses such as flu, cold and COVID-19.

Stay at home and be self-isolated even with minor evidences such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you regain good health. Ask someone to get you daily supplies. If still you need to go out of your house, take proper precautions like wear a mask, gloves and maintain social distancing to avoid infecting others. Why? Evade getting in contact with others will protect them from getting exposed to COVID-19 and other viruses. If you have a fever, cough and problem in breathing, seek medical help, by making a telephonic call in advance if possible and follow the guidelines of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date evidences on the current situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow medical service provider to quickly guide you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help you from preventing the spread of viruses and other infections.

Keep up to date on the latest updates from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why?  Because they give you best advice on do’s & don’ts to protect themselves.

Instructions on the safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

To safeguard yourself and others against COVID-19, clean or sanitize your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. While using an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer, make sure that you use and store it carefully and keep away from the reach of the children’s. Teach them how to apply the sanitizer and observe its use. Apply adequate amount on your hands. There is no need to use an extra quantity of the product.

Ensure that you do not touch your eyes, mouth and nose right after using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, as it can cause itching or irritation. Hand sanitizers that are advised to protect against COVID-19 are alcohol-based and therefore can be kindle. Never use before handling fire or while cooking. Under any situation never drink or let children consume an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It can be harmful.

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