Coronavirus pandemic is something that came like the most unexpected nightmare and took almost all of the world by surprise. This is one of the reasons why it is causing such chaos all across the world. Officially known as SARS-CoV-2, it actually stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. This virus in turn can cause an infection that results in coronavirus disease 19 or what is commonly known as COVID-19.
From what we know by now, this virus is different from the other coronaviruses and seems to spread more easily. Not only it can survive in the air and on surfaces for long enough to infect someone, but it also multiplies quickly in a body even without any symptoms.
If you are also searching for what all-important health tips you should know and follow to avoid coronavirus, then you have arrived at the right place. Here we have shortlisted some of the best important and helpful tips for you. Continue reading to know more!
Wash Your Hands Carefully And Frequently
You might be thinking that washing hands is something which we have been doing so long but how will it help in preventing coronavirus transmission but regular and frequent hand washing is one of the main ways to help in reducing the transmission. You should use plenty of soap and water to wash your hands for a duration of at least 20 seconds.
For better protection, you can also use an antibacterial or an antiviral soap too. If by chance, you are unable to use soap and water, then you can even use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content to clean your hands. Washing your hands with soap or sanitizer can help in killing any virus which may be present on your hand due to coming in contact with an infected person or surface.
Hence, it is really essential to wash your hands, especially after being in a public place, traveling on public transport, coughing, sneezing, or touching a frequently used object like your laptop, phone, and so on.
#Tip: While washing your hands make sure to work enough lather to your wrists, in between your fingers and even under your fingernails, for properly cleaning your hands.
Try avoiding to come in contact with other people
Coming in close contact with other people, especially if those coming in contact are old, unwell, or have symptoms of the virus, can be extremely dangerous. It is recommended that you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any person who is coughing or sneezing as when a person sneeze or coughs, small droplets carrying virus leave their mouth and nose which can be breathed by other people thus, spreading infection.
This is one of the reasons, why even the government is paying so emphasis on following the social distancing and lockdown measures. It is best if you stay at home and instead of going to offices, practice working from home. Try your best to avoid coming in close physical contact with any person other than a member of your household. Going in large gatherings of people is a big no, it is completely prohibited. Inessential services such as going to bars or restaurants should be strictly avoided as well.
#Tip: This tip is really important for all those people who are at higher risk of getting infected including older adults, especially those already suffering from underlying health ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. Self-isolation is the key for you.
Disinfect freshly bought stuff before using
As we earlier mentioned, the coronavirus spreads through touch. So, when you buy something, it is highly possible that the item that you are buying may or may not be touched already by several people. It can happen, that an infected person has also touched it. Hence, it is better that you first disinfect the stuff you have bought before using it. This is valid in terms of freshly bought groceries as well.
No matter whether you have bought raw, whole fruits or vegetables, you must soak all of them in a solution of food-grade hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar first. After soaking, let them dry before you put them away in your fridge, cupboard or use them. For disinfecting or cleaning purposes, you can also use a vegetable antibacterial wash.
#Tip: Another important thing which you must not forget doing is to wash your hands before and after handling fresh produce.
With the global spread of coronavirus and unavailability of any definite cure or vaccine yet, the only option left with us, to deal with this life-threatening virus is to take some precautionary steps in order to reduce its transmission.