How to protect yourself from the coronavirus?
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spread COVID-19 by taking a few simple precautions:
- Wash your hands regularly and carefully, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or sanitize with 70% alcohol gel.
- Keep a distance of at least 1 meter between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. And if you were going to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief, which must be discarded right away, or then the inside of the elbow. If you are very close to someone, you will be able to breathe or expel drops from the nose and mouth that can spread the new coronavirus.
- Keep the environment airy, try to get a little sun per day, even inside the house, next to a window. Clean frequently the most used objects like the cell phone.
- The hands touch many surfaces and can contract the virus. Once contaminated, they can transfer the virus to the eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
- Avoid greeting with handshakes, kisses, and hugs. Culturally we adore that type of physical contact, however it is not at all indicated at the moment. Seek to keep your distance from people, especially those considered to be at risk: older people or carriers of diabetes, heart or lung diseases. Do not share objects for personal use, such as glasses and cutlery.
- Stay home if possible, especially if you are not feeling well. If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention and call ahead. Follow the instructions of your local health authority.
- Stay updated on the places most affected by the COVID-19 epidemic (cities or local areas where the disease is spreading widely) and avoid crowds even if there are not many cases in your city.
- People who visit or have recently visited (14 days ago) areas where COVID-19 is spreading most intensively should remain isolated at home if they start to feel ill, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low fever (37 , 3 ° C or more) and mild runny nose. If it is essential for someone to bring you supplies or if you need to go out, for example, to buy food, you should wear a mask to prevent transmission of the disease to others.
Most humans are likely to become infected with the new coronavirus. But if this happens in a short time, all hospitals will be overloaded, it will be an unprecedented disaster. However, by doing our best in terms of prevention, practicing social detachment, reducing travel, and not going to work when sick, we can delay the spread of the disease. And we will have time to develop a vaccine.
The speed at which the disease is transmitted is what differentiates an epidemic like the Spanish flu of 1918 or a common cold. We can contribute to this, we will take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of the new coronavirus!