It is no longer news that at the stage the spread of Coronavirus is growing, it will be safer and more affordable to prevent the infection as opposed to hoping to get a cure when you get infected.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is easily transmissible with something as usual as a handshake, even through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is in our best interest to remain and maintain great hygiene so as to prevent getting infected as much as we can.
As there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Keeping good hygiene is the way to get this done.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Try to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands as well as this is the fastest way to transmit the virus from your hands.
Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or learn to use the inside of your elbow. When you use a tissue for this, ensure that your properly dispose of it.
The next thing to do after that will be to immediately wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. It is always advisable to use the water from a running tap to wash your hands as this gives you the opportunity to scrub between your fingers while rinsing off the soap. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
You will be more likely to wash your hands more often if you do not clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch constantly. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them using either detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Avoid large gatherings and outings as much as possible.
The easiest and fastest way to get infected is to be crowded in the same space with a large number of people. If you must attend a meeting, you can opt to use video conferencing for meetings, there are various tools like Zoom and Skype that can be used for just that purpose.
When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces. You can as well consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings after you have done an assessment of the gathering and realize that a measure of control and proper check would be close to impossible. The same should apply for business travel as well.
Settle for online transactions where possible.
Limit as much as you can, the rate at which you handle cash as that can also be another easy means to get infected. If you must pay in cash, ensure that you bring out the exact amount that will be needed, that way you can be certain of the source of the cash you will be handling.
If there are online payment options, then opt for them instead. Make transfers if possible and if you must use a POS, then ensure your fingers are properly covered and you clean them up immediately afterward.
Limit food sharing
If you are the type who settles for any food at any time, then now is a good time to curb and work on the habit. It is not possible for you to know for certain the source of every meal you come across, as such, you either make your own meals at home or ensure that you trust the source of the meal you will consume.
Clean your phone as well
Your phone is not left out of the hygiene process. it is the one thing that we are constantly touching and putting close to our skin and face. It will be to everyone’s safety to ensure that we clean not just the screen, but the whole phone, with a damp cloth or a wipe as often as we can. We can as well apply a little sanitizer on tissue paper and use that to clean the entire phone.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick and you must go out at all cost (which is totally unadvisable), you should wear a facemask. If you also live with people in the same house, then the same thing should apply as well since you will be coming around other people. If for any reason you will be unable to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room
Have healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person. If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly