Confront Corona Virus, This Is the Do’s and Don’ts
The threat of the corona virus that causes COVID-19 in the world makes most people uneasy. The reason is clear, the Wuhan corona virus (Covid-19) has infected more than 95,000 global people, killing more than 3,000 people.
WHO continues to urge people to be ready, but not panic to death to deal with the corona virus. The question is, how ready are you? What should you do to minimize exposure to the virus? Well, here are the things you should and should not do to fight the corona virus that causes COVID-19.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, several times a day. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Thus, the right time to wash your hands are:
Before cooking or eating;
After using the bathroom;
After closing your nose when coughing, or sneezing.
2. Don’t Do: Touching the Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
To prevent corona virus, never touch eyes, nose, or mouth when hands are dirty. Remember, corona virus transmission can occur when the hand touches a virus-contaminated item, and then touches the eyes or face.
3. Must Do: Know the Symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19 disease are practically similar to the flu. Therefore, recognize the symptoms so they are not mistaken. Then, what are the symptoms of COVID-19? Well, here are the symptoms according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Fever (87.9 percent);
Dry cough (67.7 percent);
Fatigue (38 percent);
Sputum production (33.4 percent);
Shortness of breath (18.6 percent);
Sore throat (13.9 percent);
Headache (13.6 percent);
Nasal congestion (4.8 percent).
Well, you already know the difference between COVID-19 and flu symptoms, right? If you are still having trouble differentiating COVID-19 symptoms from the flu, ask your doctor right away.
4. Don’t Do: Wear a Mask When Healthy
WHO, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have one voice about the use of masks. All agreed that masks are only recommended for sick people. This mask can help them to protect others from the spread of the virus.
The CDC says healthy people in the US are prohibited from wearing masks. The reason is because the mask does not protect them from the latest types of viruses. According to the US Surgeon General, a mask that is not worn properly can increase the risk of infection.
Moreover, currently the demand for masks around the world is very high. Therefore, give a mask to people who really need it, such as people who are sick or medical workers who treat patients with the corona virus.
5. Must Do: Stay away from Crowds
Consider taking extra precautions. For example, avoid crowded places when you are sick or over 60 years old (elderly). According to research from the Chinese government, the elderly and people with chronic diseases, have a higher risk of corona virus.
6. Don’t Do: Travel when Sick
To prevent the spread of corona virus, you should not travel if you are sick, have a fever, or experience COVID-19 symptoms. If you are sick while on a flight, immediately notify the flight crew. After arriving at your destination, see your doctor to get the right treatment.
7. Must Do: Avoid Affected Countries
Reconsider, or do not travel to, countries affected by the corona virus. At present the spread of COVID-19 has reached more than 70 countries. The CDC recommends avoiding unnecessary trips to China and South Korea.
Especially for people in high-risk groups (elderly and people with chronic diseases), postpone trips to Italy, Japan and other affected countries.
8. Don’t Do: Panic
Every government calls on the public to remain vigilant, calm, and not panic in dealing with the corona virus. Take appropriate precautions like the above. You can also ask the doctor or other professionals directly via telephone connections provided by the government. Look for the COVID-19 hotline information provided by your government
Must Do: Drug Preparation and Disinfectant
Make sure you have a supply of medicines and disinfectants at home. If a family member is sick, give a symptom reliever that is sold freely, then immediately see a doctor at the hospital. Disinfectant aims to clean the surface of objects contaminated with viruses from sick people.
According to research, the latest corona virus Or Covid-19 can survive on the surface of objects, for several hours to a matter of days. Clean objects that are prone to getting infested with viruses regularly. For example, doorknobs, smart phones, banisters, to telephones.
Do’s and Don’ts when Sick
1. Must Do: Immediately See a Doctor
See your doctor immediately if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of COVID-19. Use a mask to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others, when going to the clinic or hospital.
2. Don’t Do: Leave from your House
Never leave the house in a state of illness, except to see a doctor. If you go out sick, avoid public transportation to prevent the spread of the virus.
3. Must Do: Learn the Right Cough Ethics
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose using elbow or tissue curves. Then, throw the tissue into a closed trash can.
4. Don’t Do: Gather with Family or Friends
As much as possible delay the event or other activities that have been planned. In short, don’t travel or gather with friends or family, if you are sick. Especially if the pain shows symptoms of COVID-19. Try to stay in the room and use a separate bathroom whenever possible.
Also avoid playing with pets. Some time ago, there is a report of the first case of transmission of the corona virus from humans to animals (dogs) in Hong Kong. However, experts at the CDC said they did not know for sure whether pets could contract the corona virus.
5. Must Do: Wear a Mask
If you are sick, you must wear a mask. Make sure you wear the mask properly. The use of masks for the sick can minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others around him.
6. Don’t Do: Take Antibiotics
Do not take antibiotics if the complaint leads to COVID-19. Remember, antibiotics only work on diseases caused by bacteria. While COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus.
Finally, you already know what you should and should not do to fight the corona virus? Come on, do the things above to prevent transmission of the virus!
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