It is no longer news that Nigerian recently recorded its first case of the CoronaVirus. We all woke up this morning to the sad news of an Italian visiting Nigeria testing positive to the virus. As always, we at Adahor.com have taken our time and done some deep research about the virus. We are going to be dishing out some great tips on how you can stay safe and greatly reduce the chances of you being exposed to the virus.
Before we dig deep into preventive measures properly, let’s take a look at the virus. What really is Coronavirus? CoronaViruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tracts of birds and mammals, including humans. Doctors associate them with the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and they can also affect the gut. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus, which causes an illness officially known as COVID-19 that has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide.
*How People Get Infected*Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is most often spread from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.
Now let us look at 8 Simple Ways You Can Protect Yourself and Family From Coronavirus
*1. Washing your hands frequently*Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
*2. Maintain social distancing*Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
*3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth*Your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
*4. Practice respiratory hygiene*Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. A face mask will also provide an additional layer of protection especially in public.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early Stay home if you feel unwell. It is also advised that you seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
*6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider*Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
7. Avoid panic and ignore text, Whatsapp messages or social media post promoting uncertified local concoctions as remedy, cure or prevention for corona virus.
8. As much as possible avoid parties, crowded religious, ceremonial and official gathering especially in areas with confirmed cases also take additional measures to protect babies and children.
Stay safe guys, we are hopeful that we will get through this.