We are in the midst of a global pandemic right now. Thousands have already died and some countries are nowhere near in controlling the transmission of the virus. Covid-19 is very much real unlike what others claim. This is a public health issue and each and everyone of us must do our part to protect ourselves and others. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and others from the virus:
1. Stay at home unless going out is necessary.
To control the spread of the virus, we have to give up certain activities like going to the mall or dining out. We should limit ourselves from going out except for necessary activities like going to work or going to the groceries. In activities like going to the groceries, organize it such that you only do it at most once a week by writing a grocery list.
2. Social Distancing
If leaving your home is a must, you just have to be conscious about your distance with other people. Current guidelines are at 6 feet away but these guidelines may soon change due to increasing evidence of airborne transmission. So, when standing in line waiting for something or walking off a street, make sure that you are 6 feet away or farther from the next person to you.
This also means “gatherings” should be avoided. Group/business meetings can be done online. Shaking hands or hugging should be avoided no matter how long you have known the person.
3. Always wash your hands.
Handwashing with soap is still one of the best protection against respiratory viruses. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, one tehcnique is to wash your hands until you’ve finished singing “Happy Birthday” twice. That’s approximately 20-30 seconds. Make sure that you wash your fingernails and the spaces between the fingers and not just your palm. It’s also important to dry your hand afterwards as infection is more common to occur in wet hands.
If you are outside your home, hand sanitizer is a good alternative with handwashing with soap.
Wash your hands regularly especially after you touched commonly-touched objects like door knobs.
4. Wear your face masks.
Aside from protecting yourself alone, you also need to consider protecting others. Again, Covid-19 is a public health crisis and it would take sacrifices from each and every one of us to conquer it. One of which is wearing face masks.
Face masks help control the spread of the virus from asymptomatic carriers. That’s right, you can unknowingly spread the virus even if you are “feeling fine”.
Contrary to what others claim, face masks actually do not affect your oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide retention. This has been proven several times already with people wearing masks and attached to pulse oximeters.
These are only some of the ways you can protect yourself against COVID-19. Hope that this article helps you protect yourself, your family and others.
To find out more about COVID-19, check out the website of CDC.