We all are familiar with the proverb that Prevention is better than cure but in the case of coronavirus, prevention is the only cure. People are receiving a lot of preventive advice, both good and bad, from all around the world through various channels. However, the dilemma here is which advice is true and which one is fake? In my opinion, we should only follow the advice and instructions given by the government, healthcare departments, doctors, and family physicians in our respective areas.
Coronavirus is spreading rapidly and has led to the death of many individuals worldwide. And the best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19, its symptoms, causes, and how it spreads.
People infected with coronavirus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and generally recover with the help of currently available symptomatic treatment, while a few require special treatments. Senior citizens and people with underlying medical problems such as pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are at an increased risk to develop serious illnesses.
Coronavirus spreads majorly from person to person through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Therefore, it’s important that you too practice respiratory etiquette (by coughing into a flexed elbow).
Recent studies by WHO has also stated that coronavirus is an airborne disease, which means the virus can attack people within 30-40 feet in diameter. Hence, using a mask for all your outdoor activities is the safest option.
Currently, there is no specific vaccine or treatment available for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments but it will take time. And WHO will continue to update the general public by providing information as soon as clinical findings become available.
Till then stay informed and cautious:
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough.
- Sore throat
- Aches & tiredness, and
- In some cases, people may report diarrhea, nausea, or a runny nose
Check out this site from CDC for a detailed list of symptoms of COVID-19.
Here is a list of Do’s & Don’ts that you should follow:
USING A HAND SANITIZER
The hand sanitizer should be alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol). Sanitizing your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You should sanitize your hands properly before touching your face and having meals.
Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 to 30 seconds before and after going to the office from home or home from the office or other outside places. You do not need antibacterial soap; coronavirus is a virus, not a bacterium. Soap and water work well to clean the virus.
CLEANING HAND TOWELS
Apart from washing your hands, it is also imperative to wash your hand towels frequently. To wash your hand towels, first, soak them in hot water and then wash them with a mild detergent or soap. This will help prevent the spread of the virus even between families. It is better if you use separate towels.
Avoid shaking hands. Though shaking hands with one another is really a good gesture in the West but I’ve been an advocate of alternative forms of greetings such as Namaste. If you really want to greet or show respect to someone then say Namaste by pressing/joining your hands together.
TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Corona has proved that you are your own enemy, as touching your own face, eyes, and mouth after coming into contact with the viral particles can make you a patient of coronavirus. Do not touch your face. However, nobody is this trained therefore, all we can do is remain cautious and clean our hands regularly.
USING PUBLIC WASHROOMS
If your area is declared infected, you should stop using public washrooms as a precaution. If it is unavoidable please use paper towels to open & close the washroom doors as well as clean the toilet seat with toilet papers before and after using it. Clean your hands properly after coming home.
DISINFECTING COMMON SURFACES
You are much more likely to catch the virus by touching the infected surfaces. The spread of the virus can partly be prevented by disinfecting surfaces such as doors and windows of your houses, tables, TV remotes, chairs, etc. This will keep your entire family safe. Disinfect every single thing that comes to your home from outside.
History suggests that similar coronaviruses are known to live on glass for up to four days. If you’ve been touching your phone with viral hands, then you are going to get an infection very soon. Therefore, it is important to clean the glasses of your phone with a microfiber cloth slightly damp with soapy water. Also, wash your hands before and after cleaning the phone glass in order to prevent the phone from getting contaminated again.
The use of masks top the preventive measure because the disease is spread by respiratory droplets. Even this precaution is far from perfect because masks can’t prevent tiny droplets from entering your nose or mouth. WHO has published recommendations for when civilians should use masks. Follow those guidelines and avoid stockpiling masks. You can also use a handkerchief as a mask.
STOCKPILING FOOD & MEDICATIONS
Please don’t stockpile anything. As of now, basic supplies have not been disrupted in India. The government is leaving no stone unturned to take care of its citizens and is providing all the basic necessities to support people during the lockdown. Poor people are also provided with the basic things that are essential for their survival.
It’s always advisable to avoid travel if you’re sick. Until the world has a better handle on how far this virus has spread and what to do about it, travel of all sorts should ideally be kept to a minimum. Follow the instructions given by the government and keep yourself and your family safe. Do not visit anyone and don’t invite anyone to your home. This is the only way to stop the community spread of the disease.
Stay at your home, don’t go outside unless it is not necessary. Keep an eye on your children and engage them in indoor activities. Many people find it difficult to spend time in their homes but there are so many things that we can do to make the best use of these days. Here are some of the best ways to utilize your time during the lockdown to promote prevention is the only cure.
SEEKING MEDICAL CARE
If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms seek medical care. Do not take unprescribed medicine. The government has shared helpline numbers to help people who are sick. If you are sick then isolate yourself and maintain a distance from other family members. Do not just rush to doctors for even simple problems as it is time to fight with the big problem rather than minute problems. Follow some home remedies to boost your immunity so that your body’s ability to fight disease increases.
We can lose more than we think if the entire nation comes into contact with the virus. No matter how worried you are or how stressed out you are, take these preventive measures, adhere to the measures being put in place by Go, and help the nation fight this life-threatening pandemic. Together we can give a tough fight against this virus and support the government by following their guidelines. Till then have patience and wait until the situation gets normal.
- Apart from that, you can prevent attacks of viruses like coronavirus by following Govt. & health authorities’ orders.
- Stay away from people who are sick with an infectious illness like the flu or strep throat.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap & water for 20 seconds or with alcohol sanitizer or with Haldi decoction.
- Eat only well-cooked food, consume low food as you will be self quarantined in your homes, you hardly have any physical activity to digest
- Avoid spicy/acidic food/packaged food and stay away from chemicals or other irritants that can cause inflammation
- Avoid going out, Wear a mask and stay at home if you are sick
- Avoid traveling unless it is really important
- Wear a mask, gloves & apron if you are taking care of a sick or ill person
- Seek medical care at the earliest if you become sick
- Perform Nasya, Dhoopan & Dhoompan, daily at your home
- Food & Cold drinks – Avoid fried, cold, and sweet food
- Practice Yoga and Pranayama
- Add basil leaves, one tablespoon of Chywanprash to your diet
#Stay Home Stay Safe
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- National Centre for Disease Control
- Government of India
- How often should I change my mask?
If it is a disposal surgical mask then it needs to be disposed of after each use. In the case, of N95 or fabric it needs to be washed after each use thoroughly before using it again.
- Is it better to use warm water or cold water to wash my hands?
Use your preferred water temperature – cold or warm – to wash your hands. Warm and cold water remove the same number of germs from your hands. The water helps create soap lather that removes germs from your skin when you wash your hands. Water itself does not usually kill germs; to kill germs, water would need to be hot enough to scald your hands.
- Can the coronavirus survive on surfaces?
Survival of human coronaviruses on surfaces found large variability, ranging from 2 hours to 9 days (11).
The survival time depends on a number of factors, including the type of surface, temperature, relative humidity, and a specific strain of the virus.
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food?
There is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food. The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed at temperatures similar to that of other known viruses and bacteria found in food.
- How do I disinfect surfaces during the coronavirus disease pandemic?
In non-healthcare settings, sodium hypochlorite (bleach/chlorine) may be used at a recommended concentration of 0.1% or 1,000ppm (1 part of 5% strength household bleach to 49 parts of water). Alcohol at 70-90% can also be used for surface disinfection. Surfaces must be cleaned with water and soap or a detergent first to remove dirt, followed by disinfection.