According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. It spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
As couples, we must regularly discuss and remind our household members to follow all prescribed guidelines. You are responsible for each other. Your family’s health lies on weakest link, so keep everyone strong. Do not assume anybody is as sensible as you’ve been. This is perhaps the only time, in modern history, to arrogantly consider yourself smarter than everyone around you, by judiciously doing all you must to stay safe.
Below are preventive measures to follow to protect ourselves against expose to the virus as prescribed by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Maintain Good and Personal Hygiene
You could spread Covid-19 virus to others even if you do not feel sick.
Therefore, always ensure that you and people around you follow good personal hygiene.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
By covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow and dispose the used tissue immediately. Thereafter, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover a Face Cover (Face Mask)
It’s advisable to cover a cloth face cover (facemask) when they have to go out in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
We must always try to avoid contacts with our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Droplets spread virus. By following good personal hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Maintain Social Distancing
According to the World Health Organisation, when someone coughs or sneezes at us, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may include the virus. Always ensure you put on face mask. The face mask however, is not a substitute for social distancing.
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Keeping distance from others, especially important for those who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
If you stay too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the Covid-19 virus if the person coughing has the virus.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces Frequently
Always ensure that touched surfaces at our work place and public places are cleaned daily and disinfected frequently. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are untidy, clean them as much as possible. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection with disinfectant like sanitizers.
Avoid Crowded Places
People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep to the social distancing rule and not mix with a crowd.
We must avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. Anyone coughing or sneezing persistently is advised to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Stay Indoors if you Feel Sick
Stay indoors if you feel sick with any symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
CDC toll free Hotlines are available for you to call and seek medical assistance in the event that you experience these symptoms, for medical test and guidance. Do not engage in self-medication!
Do not Panic!
An important thing to remember is that there is no need to panic. Global health emergencies as Covid-19 Pandemic only get worse when humans panic and only makes the bad decisions in time of crisis.
Stay up-to-date on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official TV channels and Radio stations, the Social Media platforms of Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and Federal Ministry of Health.
It is therefore important that we be conscious, and must now consider everybody around us as a courier of the virus. With this consciousness daily guiding our thoughts, we will take every effort in protecting ourselves when interacting with anybody outside of our household and within our neighbourhood.
Coronavirus can be treated if you report as soon as possible!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Alive!