Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been spreading across the World like a wildfire. Recently, the World Health Organisation termed it as a global pandemic. The situation is worsening with each passing day. Italy has been on lockdown. The government on India has suspended all visitors for a limited period. Economically, it already has wiped out billions of dollars with stock markets across the world crumbling like a pack of cards. Unlike other pandemics like the Zika or Ebola COVID-19 is having worldwide repercussions never seen before. Schools, Conferences, Film theatres, Sporting events across the world are being canceled. Many soccer leagues like the UEFA Champions League are being played closed doors. There is a serious doubt whether global sporting events like the Olympics or the Euros would be canceled or not.
This article delves into how one can take the basic precautions to keep oneself safe. Here are a few actionable tips that one should follow recommended by major health organizations such as the Red Cross or the World Health Organisation to prevent
1. Wash your Hands at Regular Intervals
Always wash your hands for 20 seconds at regular intervals. Washing hands at regular intervals with an alcohol-based solution kills the coronavirus germs that you might have come contact in with and maybe in your hands. Sometimes the simplest of things can save your lives
2. Maintain Social Distances
Maintain at least 3 feet of distance between you and the person sneezing or coughing. This simple ritual comes handy because when someone sneezes or coughs they spray out minute liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which might contain the coronavirus. If someone is too close to the person sneezing or coughing one can even breathe in the coronavirus. One can avoid this risk by staying 3 feet or more from the person
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Our hands touch too many surfaces especially when you travel using public transports. The surfaces might run the risk of having the virus and when you touch them your hand comes in contact with the virus. Further, if you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with the infected hand the virus will easily spread to the rest of the body.
4. Seek Medical Care Early
Stay at home if you feel home. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing then seek medical attention as soon as possible. Consult the doctors and inform the local health authorities who might direct you to the proper health facilities and procedures for the testing of Coronavirus. This not only protects you but also stops the virus from spreading
The Red Cross has gone a step further and asked people to prepare for the coronavirus apocalypse. Red Cross has issued a series of guidelines that one should keep in mind and keep them ready in the event that the situation worsens even more. Here’s the list of things one should do to have the household ready for the worst possible scenario-
• One should have a stock of household supplies such as detergents, bathroom supplies, diapers for infants ready. The optimal quantity would be a 30 day worth of goods
• In an event of a massive outbreak, it might happen that a supply of necessary health care prescriptions takes a hit. If on prescription, one should have at least 30 days of supplies ready.
• One should be informed of the announcements of the local health authorities and the nearest coronavirus screening justify.
• Learn how your children’s school or day-care, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
• If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick?
• Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.
As of now, there is no cure to Coronavirus. The best thing we can do is take preventive measures to best avoid it. According to the Indian health ministry, a vaccine would take anywhere from eighteen months to twenty-four months to develop and hit the market. Things in the United States look much better. According to a CNBC report, the US health officials believe that they would be able to start with human tests within a few weeks but have also asked the public not to get too excited as developing a vaccine is a long and expensive process. Only time can time tell how the situations develop.
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