The disastrous outbreak of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has affected millions of individuals worldwide adversely. To regulate the rapid and massive spread of the deadly viral infection, various stringent measures, such as timely lockdown, quarantining suspected individuals, and more, have helped greatly. However, it is equally important for each one of us to take the right care and follow the necessary safety measures to keep the viral infection at bay. Fortunately, there are certain simple yet effectual preventive measures which can safeguard us and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And, if you are wondering which preventive measures are helpful to protect you and your loved ones from the deadly virus, think no further. Scroll down to know all about it.
Simple yet effective ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus
- Put on a Mask: Wearing a mask on your face covering your nose and mouth has become a new normal these days. It helps prevent the entry of the virus into your body through the nose and mouth when you happen to come in contact with an infected individual and vice versa. While using a mask, it is important that follow basic hygiene practices, such as cleaning or washing your hands before you put on the mask and replacing the mask with a new one once it gets damp or after wearing it for long hours. Avoid wearing a single-use mask repeatedly. Also, make sure that you dispose of the mask in a closed bin properly.
- Wash your hands with soap often: Washing your hands frequently by using a soap or hand sanitizer is a very effective way to prevent the virus from infecting you. The use of soap or hand sanitizer breaks the outer layer of the enveloped virus, thereby killing the virus and safeguarding you from getting infected with it. So, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly at least for 20 seconds, particularly after being in a public place, sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, and after touching any outdoor or suspicious object. Also, do not touch your face or any part of your face with your unwashed hands.
- Follow social distancing: When you venture out of your home for any work, make sure that you maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet or 1 meter from other individuals. Avoid getting close to individuals who are sneezing or coughing. This helps avoid the risk of entry of the virus through cough droplets into your body through your mouth or nose.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth & eyes: Keep your hands off your face to prevent the deadly virus from entering your body. Coronavirus persists on various surfaces that you often touch, such as doorknobs, tables, railings, paper and plastic objects, and others, when an infected individual happens to touch them. When you touch these objects, the virus transfers onto your fingers and hands. And, if you touch your eye, nose, or mouth with your unwashed hands, the virus enters your body, thereby infecting you. So, strictly avoid touching your face unnecessarily.
- Follow safe respiratory hygiene: If you happen to sneeze or cough, make use of a disposable tissue to cover your nose and mouth or do it on your bent elbow. Dispose off the used tissue in a closed bin as soon as possible.
- Home/Self-Quarantine: If you happen to experience any mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus, avoid going out in public places as you may spread the infection to many other people. Call for medical assistance on the provided helpline numbers. With medical advices from a qualified doctor, you may stay at home and home quarantine yourself.
- Disinfect or clean frequently touched objects: The risk of transmission of the virus from frequently touched objects is high. So, clean the surfaces and objects, which you touch often, with a disinfectant. These include your laptops, doorknobs, mobile phones, chairs, tables, and more.
- Stay Home: Virus won’t come to you unless you go out and get in touch with an infected individual or outdoor surfaces having the virus. A contact of few minutes with an infected person may transfer the virus to you. So, avoid venturing out of your home unnecessarily. Prefer to stay at home as much as possible.
- Avoid sharing personal household items: Safety of your beloved family members is equally important. If you happen to have the infection and any of your family members use a household item, such as a cup or towel, that you have used, your dear one may get the infection. So, avoid sharing personal household items, such as teacups, spoons, drinking glasses, towels, and others, with other members of your family. Also, when you happen to use a household item, make sure that you wash it thoroughly by using soap and water.
- Avoid smoking or drinking: Smoking is injurious to your lungs, and smoking during this catastrophic period increases your risk of contracting the viral infection. It deteriorates your lung health. Also, drinking is not good for your health and immunity, particularly during this pandemic when you need to maintain good immunity. So, avoid smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol strictly. Eat healthy and nutritious food every day. Ensure that you have plenty of vitamin C in your regular diet. Also, add foods that are abundant in proteins to your daily diet.
- Take Extra Care If You Have Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, kidney ailments, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, heart-related health issues, and more, happen to have compromised immunity. So, they are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the coronavirus. This is why you need to take great care of your health and follow all preventive and safety measures to keep the infection at bay. Ensure that you follow your medication routine properly and avoid skipping any of your medication doses.
Following these preventing measures will help you keep the virus at bay and enjoy good health. So, make sure that you and your beloved ones at home follow all these helpful tips and stay in pink of health during this critical period. And, if you or any of your family member need medical guidance or have any query, feel free to get in touch with us at Nightingales on 1800 103 4530 or https://www.nightingales.in. Our qualified healthcare professionals will be pleased to attend and assist you to stay safe and enjoy good health.