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CORONA VIRUS: Protecting Yourself And Your Family.

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What is corona virus?

The whole of the family of corona viruses are named corona viruses because the name corona means a crown, so this refers to the way the virus looks under the microscope like there’s a crown on top of the virus. Some of them,{about four of five of them}cause common diseases among humans, from a common cold to mild or moderate respiratory illnesses. Other kinds of corona viruses’ affect animals and on rare occasions, corona viruses jump from animal species to the human population. The COVID-19 is a kind of corona virus that has not been seen among humans before.

What are the symptoms of a corona virus?

COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe. It takes 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. Symptoms may include:

  • fever (The Centers for Disease Control considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of at least 100.4 °F [38 °C])
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Those with weakened immune systems may develop more serious symptoms, like pneumonia or bronchitis. You may never develop symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19. So far, most confirmed cases are in adults, but some children have been infected. There is no evidence that children are at greater risk for getting the virus.

The virus that causes corona disease is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. These droplets can spread to the nose, hands, and mouth, and can possibly be inhaled by the lungs.  Since the emergence of the corona disease (COVID-19) which was spreads through the infamous corona virus, medical health practitioners, the world over, has been looking for possible cures in fighting this disease that’s been claiming so many lives of so many, but all search has proved abortive. As this rages on, we can only make sure that we protect ourselves and our loved ones by adhering to the guidelines of our local health practitioners.

Following these simple rules, you’d be able to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  1. Wash your hands regularly:

In these times, regularly and thoroughly washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of germs.

How to wash your hands

  • Wet your hands with clean running water, turn off the tap and apply soap
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them thoroughly with soap.
  • Scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers and your nails.
  • Do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel or air them dry.

Also, frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub like hand sanitizer. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

  • Maintain Social Distancing

This involves avoiding the physical contact that comes through handshakes, hugs, high- fives, etc. This is an attempt at reducing and preventing the spread of the virus. Maintain at least 1.5ft between yourself and anyone who’s sneezing or coughing.

This is due to the fact that when a person coughs or sneezes, they spray small droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If the person coughing or sneezing is affected with COVID-19, you may breathe it in if you are close to the person and also get infected. If you need to take care of a person with fever, cough or any respiratory problems, don’t forget to wear a mask and practice hand hygiene. Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and people who are sick. To avoid COVID-19 it is safest to avoid physical contact when greeting. Safe greetings involve a wave, a nod, and a bow.

  •  Avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth

Lots of viruses can be picked up by hands after touching surfaces and these viruses can be transferred to the nose and mouth. Ultimately, sickness can occur from these transfers.

  • Practice respiratory hygiene

Ensure that you and those around you practice good respiratory hygiene. This means that you will have to cover your mouth, and nose with your elbow bent or tissue paper while sneezing or coughing and dispose of this tissue immediately after use. Do not use handkerchief because it can cause you to be infected when re-used.

 If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay 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. This is because 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 the spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. This is because the National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Stay healthy while traveling

  • Follow these simple rules while traveling in this period
  • Avoid travel if you have a cough and fever
  • Avoid spitting in the public
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from a fever and cough while traveling
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, be sure to cover your mouth and nose. Avoid touching the face mask once you’ve put it on.
  • If you become sick while traveling, inform the crew and seek medical health care early.
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