Prevention Tips Against Coronavirus
With new coronavirus cases around the world each day, the population is becoming more and more anxious.
Questions like “How many people are affected in my area?” and “How serious is this?” are popping into our heads.
However, the most frequent thought that crosses our minds still is:
Am I safe?
At this point, the only thing that we can do is try to stay safe, until a medical solution is found.
But is hand washing and a mask enough to stay protected against the coronavirus?
Here we will cover all of the prevention steps you can take to keep you and your family safe.
First and foremost – don’t panic. We understand that the situation is very stressful, but just worrying won’t save you from getting sick now, will it? Instead, try to focus on creating a battle plan for you and your home.
Also, yes, it’s very important to keep getting updated about the virus, but don’t stress yourself out by constantly reading news articles, medical updates, and trying to find more and more information. Your mental health is equally as important as your physical. So, put your phone down and just take a deep breath.
Follow the general good practices
Here is a list of everyday preventative actions against the spread of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible. Do this after going to the bathroom, before eating and right after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- If you don’t have water and soap available, use a hand sanitizer instead. Note that the product must contain at least 60% of alcohol in order for it to actually work.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Keep away from people who are generally sick or have flu-like show symptoms;
- Wear a facemask in case YOU show symptoms of a cold or flu to prevent spreading the disease to other people;
- Stay at home if you feel sick and/or if you have chronic health issues;
- If you feel like sneezing or coughing, make sure to cover your nose and mouth with either your hand or the inside of your elbow;
- Disinfect areas you tend to touch frequently using an antibacterial wipe, spray or gel.
Keep away from crowded areas
Due to the fact that the virus spreads through the air, high traffic areas are to be avoided. This doesn’t mean that you should barricade yourself in your house – just skip on going to places like the mall or library, where you know there are going to be bigger groups of people and higher chances of meeting someone sick.
Of course, we aren’t expecting anyone to buy a one-way plane ticket to a Level 4 coronavirus alert country, but still – if you’ve planned to travel in the coming weeks, we recommend for you to postpone it. This is especially important for older people who have chronic medical conditions.
If you can’t skip on your trip, make sure to look into health insurance to see if it includes international travel coverage. Needless to say, it’s best to get travel health insurance and medical evacuation insurance before you leave the country.
Regularly disinfect your home
Add a disinfect to your list of cleaning detergents. You see, general cleaning products remove surface dirt, dust, grime and a certain number of germs, but they aren’t very good at disinfecting. That’s why it’s best to invest in an actual disinfectant that will kill all germs and nasty bacteria around your home. When using it, try to focus on the most used areas and spots around your house such as door handles, staircase railings, your children’s toys, and etc.
Stock up on essentials
It’s a good idea to keep your pantry and medicine cabinets stocked at all times in case if you need to stay quarantined. You should have general over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin and nose drops for any early symptoms of a cold or flu.
In terms of food and other household supplies, don’t buy 10 packs of toilet paper and a winter’s worth of canned food. Stock up on a month’s worth of things and buy food items with a longer shelf life.
Boost your immune system
Take care of yourself. Make sure to establish a healthier diet, if you haven’t already, and take your daily supplements. Here are a few other ways to boost your immune system, so you can have a fair fighting chance against the coronavirus:
- Take immune-boosting supplements such as Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D;
- Lower (don’t completely exclude) your intake of foods like pasta, bread, cookies, and other baked goods;
- Avoid fast food, fried dishes and refined vegetable oils;
- Forget about alcohol and smoking – both undermine your immune system;
- Ensure that you are getting enough sleep;
- Introduce foods that contain plenty of fibre to your diet;
- Exercise regularly.