Are you fully aware of the novel coronavirus? Read on to study the symptoms of the virus and its prevention tips.
The coronavirus has proved to be dangerous to seniors with severe health conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases or lung disease. However, others shouldn’t also take any chances. For confirmed COVID-19 cases, symptoms range from mild to severe. In some cases, the symptoms worsened and caused death.
Based on what we know , the COVID-19 symptoms may appear anytime between 2-14 days. They include fever, cough, headaches, sore throat and in severe cases, shortness of breath.
To avoid COVID-19 and its spread, here are some prevention tips:
Cover Your Mouth and Nose When Outside
Keep in mind that covering your mouth and nose is primarily meant to protect other people if you are infected. The problem is you never know whether you’re infected or not because many infected patients develop no symptoms at all. Hence, everyone should wear a mask or cover their face with a piece of cloth when they go out in public. However, never cover the mouth and nose of children under 2 or others with breathing issues.
Old Adults and Children Should Always Stay Home
Both seniors and children have weak immune systems, which makes them highly susceptible to the novel coronavirus. Thus, in all circumstances, they must stay at home and shouldn’t even go out to buy necessities. This should also help stop the spread of the virus if they were infected.
Wash Hands Frequently
As soon as you arrive home, wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Do the same after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Unless you’ve washed your hands thoroughly, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth because the virus enters your body through these points.
If you don’t have quick access to soap and water, consider using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Maintain Distance from Others
Person-to-person transmission is how the virus spreads, so the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to avoid close contact. Try to stay at home as much as you can. It’s not just important to maintain distance from people who appear sick. Remember that people might be carrying the virus even if they don’t show any symptoms.
Regular Cleaning and Disinfecting
According to experts, the COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for as long as 6 days. Anyone who touches them remains under the risk of contracting the disease. To prevent the spread, clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces in your home, such as dining tables, kitchen tops, mobile phones, tablets, doorknobs, toilet surfaces, light switches, etc., on a daily basis.
Before disinfecting, clean the surfaces with water and soap or detergent. For disinfecting surfaces, look for solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol or dilute your household bleach. For comprehensive guidance on disinfection, follow these CDC guidelines.