Many countries around the world have successfully managed and slowed outbreaks of the Coronavirus and the illness it causes, COVID-19 pandemic. However, this emerging virus is still impacting countries and communities in an unpredictable way as infections continue spreading.
With this in mind, it’s more essential than ever to take action to protect yourself. While heeding the most up-to-date warnings from trustworthy groups. Like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can help you do so.
In addition to regularly checking for updates from those organizations above, follow the recommended guidelines below. Especially, if you want to continue protecting yourself during this COVID-19 Pandemic period.
What is COVID-19 Pandemic?
Corona, also known globally as the COVID-19 pandemic is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. With most people who fall sick with it experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. And while at the same time, recover without special treatment.
According to WHO, by definition, the new Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. Particularly, first detected in Wuhan, China.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market. Suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets. Indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.
Taking a few key steps and following some simple guidelines can help you limit your exposure to the virus. It’s important to remember, recommendations can change frequently and new information can emerge quickly.
Below are the topmost guidelines to follow and stay safe:
- Remain alert and proactive about your health. While older people and people with preexisting medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable, anyone can be impacted by the virus. The best way to keep yourself from getting sick is to avoid exposure in whatever way you can.
- Maintain social distancing. When you’re in public spaces, stay at least 6 feet away from other people who aren’t members of your household.
- Wear a cloth face mask covering when you’re around others in public or people who aren’t members of your household. This should cover your mouth and nose. Children under age 2 and anyone who is unable to remove a face covering without assistance should not wear one but should still practice social distancing.
- If possible, plan to work from home. Avoid large social gatherings and follow your state’s restrictions about maximum gathering sizes if they exist.
- Avoid touching your face, as your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds every time. If you don’t have immediate access to soap and water, clean your hands using a coin-sized amount of hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow to avoid spreading germs into your hands. Immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. If you cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away immediately.
- If you notice respiratory problems or are experiencing a fever, seek medical attention immediately.
- Follow all current state and local directives regarding the pandemic, such as wearing a mask in public and practicing social distancing. You may face legal consequences — and expose yourself to the virus — if you neglect to do so.
What Do You Do If You Think You Are Sick?
If you currently think you are a victim of COVID-19 Pandemic or are experiencing Coronavirus Symptoms, the CDC suggests the following. These steps will help you to take care of yourself. And also limit the spread of the virus to others in your household and your community.
Below are the topmost steps to follow and stay safe:
- Stay at home unless you need to receive medical care. This means not leaving your house.
- Stay out of public areas as much as possible when you do need to leave. Don’t use public transportation such as buses and subways. Also, avoid taxis and rideshare vehicles.
- If possible, sequester yourself in a specific room in your home away from other people and pets, and use a separate bathroom.
- Whenever you’re around other people in your home or in public, wear a cloth face covering.
- Monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor immediately if they worsen.
- Seek emergency medical attention if you experience emergency warning signs of COVID-19. These include trouble breathing, a blue tint to your lips or face, lasting pain or pressure in your chest, and trouble walking or staying awake.
- When seeking medical care, whether from your primary provider or emergency services, notify them ahead of time that you have COVID-19 or believe you might. This helps them better prepare for your visit and protect their staff members.
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces in your personal room and bathroom daily. These include phones, keyboards, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, and bedside tables.
- Someone in your home who isn’t sick should disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas of your home daily.
- Continue to cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
As one deadly disease spreads throughout the world, immunization efforts must continue to prevent outbreaks of other diseases.
And as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, people in all countries are being encouraged to take precautions to prevent transmission. Including in many countries by staying at home and physical distancing. But a pandemic does not erase other diseases and their impact.
While many services, including some health services, are being scaled back, the risk of further outbreaks of infectious diseases grows. The healthcare disruptions caused by COVID-19 could have a devastating impact on child mortality.
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