Proper and Frequent Hand Washing
To prevent oneself from contacting this deadly virus, there is need to regularly and thoroughly clean our hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer. When a hand sanitizer is not available we should endeavor to wash our hands properly with soap and water. This is important because washing our hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on our hands.
Keeping Social Distance
It is advisable to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter which is about 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth
We often use our hands in touching many surfaces and can pick up viruses in the process. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to our eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
We should also ensure that both we and the people around us follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering our mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when we cough or sneeze. Then we should dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene we protect the people around us from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID19. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
If You Have Fever, Cough and Difficulty Breathing, Seek Early Medical Care
Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay Informed and Follow Advice Given by your Healthcare Provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID19. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
What if you in or have visited areas where COVID19 is spreading within the past 14 days?
Observe all the preventive measures already recommended above. Additionally:-
Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID19 and other viruses.
If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID19 and other viruses.