PROTECT YOURSELF AND FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

Who has declared that corona virus a pandemic and the number of cases continues to rise worldwide. These basic steps can help you to reduce your risk of getting sick or infecting others.

The corona virus continues to spread worldwide, with over 12 lakhs confirmed cases and atleast 64,000 dead. In United States, there have been atleast 300,000 cases and more than 8000 deaths according to a new york times database.

Corona virus is spreading quickly. The older citizens those who are with underlying health condition and those are without safety net are the most vulnerable to the infection and it’s social disruption.

Most important: Do not panic. With a clear head and some simple tips you can help reduce your risk , prepare your family and do your part to protect others.

STAY HOME:

Even if you have no underlying health condition , and no Symptoms , be extra cautious to protect other people.

You can do your part to help your community and the world . Do not get close to other people.

This is called “social distancing” or “Physical distancing” and is basically a call to stand far away from other people. Experts believe the corona virus travel through the droplets, do limiting your exposure to other people is a good way to protect yourself.

Avoid public transportation when possible , limit non-essential travel, work for home and avoid social gathering. Don’t go to crowded restaurants and busy gyms. You can go outside, as long as you avoid being in close contact with people.

It might be hard to follow , especially for those who can’t work from home. Also, if you are young and your personal risk is most likely low. The majority of those who contract corona virus do not become seriously ill and it might just feel as if you have the flu. But keeping a stiff upper lip is not only foolhardy, but will endanger those around you.

If anyone develop high fever , shortens of breath or another , more serious symptoms call your doctor. Then Check the centres for disease control and prevention website and your local health department for advice about how and where to be tested.

WASH HANDS WITH SOAP AND WASH AGAIN:

Wash your hands,wash your hands and wash your hands.

Wash your hands and scrub them with soap, taking care to get between your gingers and under your nails. Wash for atleast 20 seconds and dry . Make sure you get your thumbs too . The C.D.C also recommends you avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Alcohol based hand sanitizers , which should be rubbed in for about 20 seconds, can also work , but the gel must contain atleast 60 percent alcohol . ( Handmade vodka doesn’t work.)

Also , clean “ high touch” surfaces like phones,tablets and handles. Apple recommends using 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, wiping gently. “Don’t use bleach”, the company said.

WITH CHILDREN, KEEP CALM, CARRY ON AND GET THE FLU SHOT.

Right now, there’s no reason for parents to worry, the experts say; coronavirus cases in children have been very rare.

The flu vaccine is a must, as vaccinating children is good protection for older people. And take the same precautions you would during a normal flu season: Encourage frequent hand-washing, move away from people who appear sick and get the flu shot.

As with airplanes, it’s always best to make sure your metaphorical oxygen mask is on before helping others. When talking to your children about an outbreak, make sure that you first assess their knowledge of the virus and that you process your own anxiety. It’s important that you don’t dismiss their fears and that you speak to them at an age-appropriate level.

Be sure to be in communication with your child’s school, including about early dismissals or possible online instruction. Be prepared for schools to close; many districts and universities around the world have already taken that step.

Communicating with your workplace about child-care concerns that you have is suggested as well.

If your children are stuck at home, get some games going, turn on a movie and try to make it feel a little like a vacation, at least for the first few days.

For more information about children and the pandemic, read 9 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus.]

Unsure about wearing a mask? You aren’t alone.

Until now, experts at the C.D.C. had been saying that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. (The New York Times and other news outlets had been reporting the C.D.C.’s previous guidance.)

Top officials at the C.D.C. had been pushing for President Trump to advise everyone — even people who appear to be healthy — to wear a mask when shopping at the grocery store or in other public places, to avoid unwittingly spreading the virus. Public health officials have stressed that N95 masks and surgical masks should be saved for front-line doctors and nurses, who have been in dire need of protective gear.

Mask-wearing doesn’t replace hand-washing and social distancing.

Stock up on groceries, medicine and resources.

Preparation is the best way to protect your family and loved ones

Stock up on a 30-day supply of groceries, household supplies and prescriptions, just in case.

That doesn’t mean you’ll need to eat only beans and ramen. Here are tips to stock a pantry with shelf-stable and tasty foods. (Don’t forget the chocolate.)

If you take prescription medications, or are low on any over-the-counter essentials, go to the pharmacy sooner rather than later.

And, in no particular order, make sure you’re set with soap, toiletries, laundry detergent, toilet paper and diapers, if you have small children.

Should I wear a mask?

The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

How do I get tested?

If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the C.D.C. recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance — because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance — you won’t be able to get tested.

How does coronavirus spread?

It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.

Is there a vaccine yet?

No. The first testing in humans of an experimental vaccine began in mid-March. Such rapid development of a potential vaccine is unprecedented, but even if it is proved safe and effective, it probably will not be available for 12 to18 months.

What makes this outbreak so different?

Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions — not just those with respiratory diseases — particularly hard.

The article was originally published on

https://www.nytimes.com

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