How Do You Keep Yourself Safe From the New Coronavirus?
Disruptive Effects of COVID–19 and “Fake Facts”
Just as we’re quickly finding out, Coronavirus is shaking the foundations of fellowship and community we’ve enjoyed as a human race for many years. Even the previous outbreak in 2003 has been dwarfed by the latest sweeping effects of COVID–19.
Schools are shut down in a lot of countries around the globe, and more are closing up by the day. Businesses, sporting events, and public gatherings are all coming under lock and key.
But in the heat of all the panic and frenzy, a lot of fake facts have been circling around on how best to ensure safety from COVID–19.
According to the WHO, these aren’t the right ways to get protection;
Living in hot/humid conditions
At the onset of the major spread of COVID–19, misleading reports spread in like manner that the virus can’t be transmitted in humid conditions.
The WHO has debunked such reports and claim this virus can be transmitted in ANY climate condition.
Getting a really hot shower
The WHO also debunks the rumor that a really hot bath can handle COVID – 19. The only thing you’ll get from a very hot shower are skin burns, at the very least.
Using hand dryers
Hand dryers are only good for one thing – drying your hands. It doesn’t have any effect on the virus, according to the WHO.
Wearing a face mask
Putting on a face mask doesn’t prevent a person from contacting the coronavirus. At best, a face mask could prevent the virus’ spread to other people from an infected person.
So much for stockpiling those face masks, right?!
If These Methods Are No Good, Then How Can I Keep Safe from novel Coronavirus?
Wash your hands
According to the ABC, getting a proper hand wash is the best way to keep safe from n-COVID – 19. And that’s not the only source of this info. There’s a long list of reputable organizations backing hand washing as the safest route to follow.
Hand washing has been stressed from the very start as the best way to prevent getting infected by the virus. The BBC advocates for the 20 – second hand wash, signaling thorough washing of our hands to keep safe.
It’s also reported by Al Jazeera that the best method for prevention agreed on by experts is thorough hand washing with soap. So it’s clear that there’s a consensus about hand washing being the way to go for proper prevention against coronavirus.
Stay indoors if possible
Don’t get outdoors if you can, at least that’s what ABC says. Keeping yourself indoors right now seems like a brilliant idea.
When you’re indoors till this storm passes, the chances of getting infected drop significantly. If you’re in a crowded workspace or public area, the likelihood of getting infected are much higher than you’d expect.
Keep your hands covered
Wearing gloves will keep your hands sealed from having contact with contaminated gloves, and latex gloves remain the best.
If you don’t feel like wearing gloves, ensure your hands are in your pockets most of the time. Touching objects in a disproportionate manner could put you at risk of infection. Metal and plastic objects are known to hold the virus longer, so be careful around stuff.
Don’t touch your face
Touching your face puts you at a high risk of infection, and numerous info bulletins kick against it. When you’re just returning from a public space, ensure you wash your hands thoroughly if you have to touch your face.
The virus easily infects people who rub infected hands across their face.
If you must go out, keep a distance
It’s no secret; many of us still have to go out even at the height of COVID–19’s spread. If you’ve got to go out, make sure you do so with a lot of caution when in the midst of people.
The virus spreads highest through person-to-person contact, so keep a distance of at least 1.5m from people around you.
If you adhere to these steps fully, you’ll be very safe from the effects of COVID–19 and forge ahead without fear of getting infected, or worse!
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