As Covid-19 sweep through the nations, the stress levels of the people are on the rise. People are concerned about how to protect themselves and their families from this deadly pandemic disease.
Covid-19 is a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus. It is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Covid-19 may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure causing death. It’s chiefly transmitted by contact with infectious materials (such as respiratory droplets) when a person coughs or sneeze. It’s also spread when a person touches a surface or an object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Here are some simple tips that will help prevent the spread of this virus if implemented daily.
FREQUENT HAND WASHING
Washing your hands for 20 seconds should be done frequently using plenty of soap and water. This is encouraged after being in public places, blowing nose, sneezing or coughing. Wash hands before and after eating, using restrooms, caring for others, leaving your homes, operating or riding in a vehicle and using fuel pumps.
If soap and water are not readily available use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol based.
*Always keep a hand sanitizer with you and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
DISINFECT HOUSEHOLD SURFACES/ITEMS
The following surfaces or items of the homes are highly touched areas and should be cleaned everyday in between regular cleanings.
- Door knobs
- Stove knobs
- Refrigerator and microwave door handles
- Desk and table tops
- Light switches
- Faucet and sinks
- Toilet handles
- Telephones Remote controls
- *Tablets and laptops
- *Touch screens and keyboards
- *(Done per manufacturer instructions)
- Clean your children washable toys frequently. Put stuffed animals away for the time being if they can not be washed.
DISINFECT YOUR VEHICLE
The virus can exist on a variety of surfaces even days after the contagious droplets were planted. It’s important to take steps that will reduce the risk of contracting the virus while driving. Keep the following surfaces disinfected.
- Door handles interior and exterior
- Steering wheel
- Gear shifts
- Radio knobs/buttons
- Rear view mirror
- Cup holders
DISINFECT MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
Your purses, wallets, and keys are carried EVERYWHERE and placed on public surfaces. Your credit cards are handled by lots of people on a daily basis. Do not place these items on kitchen counters at home and disinfect daily with appropriate cleaning products.
COVER MOUTH WHEN COUGHING OR SNEEZING Cough or sneeze in a tissue and discard it in garbage. If tissue is not available cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm or inner elbow to prevent spread of virus in the hand and lessen the risk of infecting others.
*Encourage others to do the same.
WEAR MASK IN PUBLIC PLACES
Silent carriers are people who are HIGHLY contagious for days prior to symptoms, that help the spread of the coronavirus.
It is recommended by the CDC that we wear mask in public places. This is mainly to prevent people who are carriers of the virus from spreading it to others. Anyone or anyone of US can be a healthy carrier so let’s all do our part and MASK UP!
Stay at home! Limiting your trips outside is the most effective method of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 disease pandemic.
Avoid large social gatherings and limit close contact with others to about 6 feet in distance.
DO NOT USE IBUPROFEN If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect that you are a carrier of the virus do not take Ibuprofen. Using Ibuprofen and similiar anti-inflammatory drugs such as Nurofen, advil, and various brands of NSAIDS could be aggravating factors in COVID-19 infections leading to SERIOUS complications. It is recommended to take a paracetamol instead. (Tylenol, Tylophen, Pharbetol, etc)
Keep a close watch on the reports of the coronavirus disease. Follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow the instructions of your state and local authorities.
Take the precautionary measures listed above to stay safe as possible and support those you can in this time.