With so much news about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is not a surprise that many people are feeling concerned about their health and well-being. A number of questions were raised – Where did it come from? What are the symptoms of the virus? How can I avoid catching it?
In this blog, we compiled 6 effective first aid tips you can do to maintain your physical health during coronavirus. But first, let’s define what coronavirus is and what are its symptoms.
The Novel Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, is a highly virulent virus originally traced from a wet market in Wuhan, a Chinese province of Hubei. Humans became infected with coronavirus from exposure to a source, most likely an animal carrying the disease. This has been followed by a transmission from person to person.
How COVID-19 is transmitted?
As with other viruses, COVID-19 transmission is also through the respiratory route. The virus is concentrated in the nose and lungs and can pass to another individual via droplets from sneezing and coughing. Once the virus has given an entry point into your body, you will most likely experience the symptoms in 2 to 14 days after exposure.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease are:
- Shortness of breath
It can be challenging to avoid being exposed to the virus, especially if you are often surrounded by other people. But just like during a regular flu season, there are things you can do to stay healthy during this pandemic.
Wash your hands frequently
Clean hands can protect you against the virus. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water and dry them thoroughly.
Use alcohol-based sanitiser
If you don’t have immediate access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
Avoid touching your face.
As mentioned, the coronavirus can be transmitted once a tiny droplet of the virus enters your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid touching those areas, especially if you are in unsafe places, where you can easily transmit the virus without even realising it.
Use of Face Coverings or Masks
Health agencies recommend wearing face coverings or masks to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
It is suggested to stay at least 6 feet away from people who may be sick. As much as possible, try to keep clear of people coughing and sneezing, especially in public areas.
This is incredibly important to help reduce the spread of illness. Practice “social isolation” in the meantime. It will help you avoid being exposed.
The spread of coronavirus is touching a new high every day, and there is no exact treatment available yet to cure the virus. It is time for us to act responsibly, and by following these tips, you can reduce your risk of getting sick.
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