The novel COVID-19 is taking over the world, and there is very little that one can do to protect oneself from infection. Doctors and researchers are fighting tooth and nail against the deadly virus. The world is staring at death and destruction in the face, but do you know that only a few simple things can keep you safe and sound? That’s right. A few months of social distancing will set things straight. Break the chain of human contact and stay at home. Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day. Do not touch your face too often. Take these few simple steps to beat the raging Coronavirus pandemic and lead a better life.
Five simple yet effective things to do for protection from COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines for protection against coronavirus infection. Keep the novel COVID-19 at bay by adhering to the instructions.
Maintain the social distancing
With governments declaring lockdowns, all over the world, most people have no choice but to stay indoors throughout the day. Social distancing is important for breaking the spread of infection through human contact. Maintain at least a meter’s distance from other people. Stay away from people who show the slightest symptoms of respiratory trouble, like cough, runny nose, etc. When a person sneezes or coughs, he sprays the air with droplets that can contain the virus. If you stand too close to this person, then you will automatically inhale the droplets through breathing, thereby contracting the disease. So maintain social distancing at all costs.
Wash your hands with soap and water
Clean the hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand-wash to rinse the hands. Washing the hands thrice or four times daily helps in killing the virus that may be on the hands. On the same note, do not touch your face with your hands either, as the virus can travel to your mouth in this way.
Avoid non-essential travel at all costs
Do not stir out of doors if there is no emergency. Stock your pantry with the necessary rations and groceries and stay safely indoors. It is essential to break the chain of human contact. But if everyone keeps up with traveling, especially by public transport, then the infection will spread like wildfire. So, stay at home, or stay indoors wherever you are. Avoid boarding public buses, trains, and even airplanes, to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Practice sound respiratory hygiene
Follow the practices of good respiratory health to prevent the spread of the virus through droplets. Cover the nose and mouth with tissue papers while coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the soiled tissue papers immediately. If you feel any symptom of respiratory infection, then contact the local doctor or coronavirus helplines.
Follow the advice and suggestions of your doctor
Do not turn a deaf ear to medical advice. The doctors are trying hard to eradicate the virus, so help them by staying at home. Don’t go out unless it is necessary. If the doctor advises you to remain in quarantine, then do so. If you have a cough or flu-like symptoms, then contact the local healthcare authority immediately. If you have any history of recent foreign travel, then do not hide such crucial information from the doctors. Let them know everything, and then decide what’s best for you. Pay heed to the doctor’s advice to stay safe and sound in the era of the Coronavirus.
We crib throughout life for not having enough time. We complain about time flying by, or waste of time. And now we have all the time in the world. So take the time to create art. Read a book and listen to new genres of music. Make a list of the films that you want to watch and get set for a binge session. Curl up on the sofa with your furry pets. Cook your favorite dishes and play scrabble with your partner. Re-ignite your lost hobbies and passions. Whatever you do, stay indoors. Maintain social distancing. Stay in the quarantine. The outside world is not safe for you right now, but it will be soon. And then life will begin again with all its drudgery and excitement too. Until then, stay at home and stay safe.