6 Steps you can take to prevent coronavirus

Ayu Melalie

6 Steps you can take to prevent coronavirus

As we all may know, currently COVID-19 or we usually call it coronavirus has been a big pandemic all over the world. Cases of coronavirus have been reported in a growing number of countries. Wherever you are, please stay healthy and please make sure that you follow these steps to prevent coronavirus and help others to stop it from spreading. Because prevention is better than cure. We are all in this together!

Wash your hands frequently

Wet your hands and scrub everywhere (under those fingernails, too) with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry well with a clean towel. You can also use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It is very important to keep our hands clean because when an infected person coughs or sneezes, they release droplets of saliva or mucus. These droplets can fall on people in the vicinity and can be either directly inhaled or picked up on the hands then transferred when someone touches their face, causing infection.

Put distance between yourself and others

Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 3 feet away from someone who is sick. The virus can spread through respiratory droplets, which are easy to breathe in if you are close to someone who has the COVID-19 virus and is coughing.

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, put distance between yourself and others. The CDC is recommending that large gatherings of 50 or more people be postponed or canceled for the next eight weeks.

Stay home if you are sick

Don’t leave home except to get medical care. If you have severe symptoms, call emergencies. If your illness is mild, restrict when and where you leave your home. If you need to see your doctor, call ahead. If you have other people living with you, try to stay in one room. Don’t share common household items, either.

Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and clean your hands. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose as you cough and sneeze and then throw it out. Wash your hands immediately after. You can also cough or sneeze into your elbow. This helps prevent respiratory droplets from spreading to those in close contact with you.

Only wear a face mask if you are sick

You should wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. People who are healthy do not need to wear a face mask, people who are sick and around others should. A face mask can help stop respiratory droplets from spreading. If you are sick and a face mask makes it hard to breathe when a healthy person around you should wear a mask instead.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Common household disinfectants, including soap or a diluted bleach solution, can deactivate coronaviruses on indoor surfaces. These are things like countertops, doorknobs, light switches, phones, and keyboards.