Covid-19 as we all know has been declared an epidemic. This is tough time for all of us, but we can overcome it by keeping some precautions. Therefore, we need to be aware of the latest information about the outbreak of COVID-19 through your National and Local Public Health Authority. Therefore keep in touch what WHO and your National / Public Healthy Authority update about Covid-19, and follow all the instruction given by them.
The best way to stay healthy is to follow these steps:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after staying in a public place, or after running your nose, coughing or sneezing. You can use a hand sanitizer, in case you are not able to wash your hand with soap. Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand or wash them with soap and water.
Washing your hands with soap and water or rubbing alcohol-based hands kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwanted hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- If you are not feeling well (feeling sick), stay home, except for medical care.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and discard the tissue after use. If no tissue is available, a cough or sneeze occurs in your elbow or sleeve, not your hand.
- Clean and disinfect touched surfaces daily. Use detergent or soap and water to clean surfaces.
- Wear a facemask if you are ill. You must wear a facemask when you are around other people (eg, sharing a room or vehicle) and before entering a healthcare provider’s office.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, keep distance between you and others. This is particularly important for those at greater risk of becoming very ill.
Stay home if you’re sick
- If you are ill, stay home, except for medical care.
- When you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- Throw used tissues into the trash.
- Use sanitizer or soap for cleaning your hand.
Wear a face mask if you are sick
- If you are sick and taking care of an ill person you must wear a face mask.
How can you slow the spread of this virus?
Here’s how you can help:
- Listen to and follow the instructions of your state and local authorities.
- If you can avoid a non-essential trip then stay home.
- Avoid social gatherings of more than ten people.
- If you want to go out in public, practice social distance by keeping at least six feet away from others.
- Avoid outside eating or drinking.
The following information can help you cope with stress and support others during this emergency.
These types of feelings are still common for people:
- Fear about running out of essential supplies.
- Anxiety, especially about separation from loved ones.
- Uncertainty about how long you will need a home shelter.
- Your physical safety and concern for others.
- Fear of getting sick
- Crimes about not being able to fulfill responsibilities, such as work, upbringing or care of dependents.
- Boredom or isolation.
- Thoughts of blame, worry or fear.
- Concern for loss of income.
- Fear of being stained or labeled when ill.
Here’s some tips that will help to overcome:
- Stay connected with loved ones through video calls, phone calls, texts or social media.
- Remaining informed with accurate, reliable information.
- Monitor your physical health needs and your loved ones. Eat healthy food, and drink plenty of water.
- As long as you are not showing signs of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19, it is okay to exercise and walk pets. But do not forget to practice social discrimination by making a distance of at least six feet from others.
- Keep an image in your mind for the best possible outcome. Make a list of your personal strengths and use them to help both yourself and others stay emotionally strong.
- If you are religious or spiritual, follow the practices at home that provide you with comfort and emotional strength.