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How to protect yourself from Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been seen in countries around the world in recent months, and we may be skeptical to see more cases in the coming days and weeks. India does not have a well-established plan to deal with infectious disease outbreaks, and in this scenario, everyone can play an essential role to protect themselves and our society from the processes that spread coronavirus.

How to protect yourself from Coronavirus

Know how Coronavirus spread

  • The virus is mainly believed to spread from person to person.
  • There are no gaps between those who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
  • Through the drops of breath that occur during an infected person's coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • These drops may land near people's mouths or nostrils, or possibly into the lungs.
  • Recent studies have indicated that COVID-19 can spread to people who do not have any symptoms?

Everyone should follow these tips to protect ourselves and our society from Coronavirus. 

Wash hands frequently

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when you have been in a public place, or after running your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover and rub all surfaces of your hands until they feel dry.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.

Make sure to keep a distance from each other

  • If someone in your family is ill, make a distance from them, maintain a distance of 6 feet between the sick person and other members of the household.
  • Keep the distance between you and the people outside your home.

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth when others are around 

  • When you are going outside from your house for grocery or other reasons, make sure to wear a face mask or a cloth face cover.
  • Continue to maintain distance between you and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social gaps.

Cover coughs and sneezes 

  • When you are at a private place, make sure to use the inside of your elbow while coughing or sneezing. Remember always to cover your mouth and nose with a mask.
  • Throw used tissues into the trash.
  • Cleanse your hands with detergent and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol to clean your hands. 

Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces often 

  • Clean and disinfectant regularly touched surfaces every day. It covers furniture, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, telephones, keyboards, toilets, taps, and sinks.
  • Clean them if the surfaces are dirty. Use detergent or soap and water before disinfection.

Seek medical care 

  • In cases of regular, mild symptoms such as cough, sneezing, fever, or trouble breathing, they still seek initial medical attention from the health care profession. Self-preventive treatment is beneficial in these cases.
Conclusion: Some of the symptoms of infection are mild health problems - such as cough, sneezing, fever, and difficulty breathing. However, in some cases, there may be no symptoms. An infected person can be a carrier of the virus, infecting itself in the process without affecting many people. Alternatively, an infected person may develop severe cases, such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, even leading to death.

Note: Older, adults and those with significant underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes are at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).