COVID-19 was continuously shocking the world with more than 1.279 million confirmed cases globally per WHO Report on April 07, 2020. COVID-19 is spreading worldwide, and we must work together restraining this spread.
So, I have collected some info to guide us on what habits we need to practice for our safety. WHO recommends practicing these vital yet straightforward daily habits, safeguarding yourself and others against the deadly virus – COVID-19.
Daily Habits to Combat COVID-19
#1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands frequently and correctly will help you prevent the spread of any virus and germs. Use soap and running water as much as possible. You may also use an alcohol-based hand rub that kills viruses that may be invading your hands.
#2. Maintain Social Distancing
Maintain at least 3 feet or a meter away between yourself or anyone who is coughing or sneezing. The virus can be spread out easily through coughing or sneezing. A small liquid of droplets from the nose or mouth can be sprayed by someone unintentionally when coughing or sneezing. Keeping a distance will protect you from breathing the droplets which may contain COVID-19.
#3. Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Do not forget to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands touch many dirty surfaces like your mobile phone, laptop, cash, card, stair handrail, and more. Once contaminated, your hands can transfer any virus, including COVID-19, to your eyes, nose, or mouth. It can quickly enter your body and make you sick.
#4. Practice Respiratory Hygiene
It means practicing coughing or sneezing etiquette. Always cover your mouth or nose with your bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Properly dispose of the used tissue immediately. By practicing good respiratory hygiene, you can protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and COVID-19.
#5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Better to be at home if you feel ill. In case of a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing:
- Seek medical attention.
- Call in advance and let your family and employer know your situation.
- Strictly follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Remember that National and local authorities have the most up-to-date information on the case in your area.
#6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Keep yourself informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Strictly 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.
Five Other Smart Strategies to Combat COVID-19
It means to improve your immune system by eating a balanced diet. Eat healthy foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits.
About 60% of your body is composed of water. These bodily fluids function vitally, including digestion, circulation, absorption, transportation of nutrients, creation of saliva, and maintenance of body temperature. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day will help you gain a healthy and robust body.
Stop Spreading Fake News about COVID-19
It is acceptable to share information about COVID-19 with your family and friends to keep them up to date. However, before sharing the data, ensure that it has been validated! Only share information from reputable sources, like WHO, your national, and local authorities.
Stop Self Medication
Numerous suggested medications are sprawling around social media to do this and that, which can ‘cure’ COVID-19. There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat this virus to date. WHO has also advised the public about the Myths of COVID-19. If you feel like you need medication when you fall sick after traveling from abroad that has local transmission of the virus or if you met someone with confirmed COVID-19 traces, then again seek proper medical help from your national or local healthcare authorities.
Keep Your Surroundings Clean
In addition to keeping yourself clean, your surroundings have an impact on your health. Keep your home and neighborhood clean. We should always exercise caution when it comes to the cleanliness of our surroundings. We must practice proper trash disposal, particularly for used tissues and facemasks. It is also critical to practice clean food preparation.
Let’s work and support each other in combating this novel virus! Stay alert, and let’s not panic. Together we will manage and defeat COVID-19! What’s your experience with this new novelty virus? Let me know your story. I love to hear from you.
Stay safe and healthy, Lounger!
Reference: World Health Organization: WHO
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