With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, the more desperate governments are working towards bringing out a cure. As the search for a vaccine continues, simple home remedies such as practising hygiene, staying indoors and avoiding crowded places can help you and your family stay safe.
Moreover, these 3 simple steps can be an immediate solution and a long term one. How long can a country be under lockdown? What would happen if this is the case for the next 3 months? Questions as such get us worried in our quest to get back to our regular life. For us to get back to our regular life, we need to ensure that preventive measures are the first step to curb the spread of this deadly virus.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly coronavirus is said to spread from only infected humans-to-humans. Since this is a respiratory virus, it affects another by coughing, sneezing or by talking. In such a scenario, it is recommended that you use a face mask without the risk of being infected or infecting another person.
How To Protect Your Family From COVID-19?
Like the experts say that you need to wash your hands, do not touch your face and use face masks, there are advanced preventive measures you will have to take when travelling or commuting. Medlife has categorised COVID-19 prevention measures into two. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Basic Preventive Measures
These preventive tips can be used in numerous ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive tips include:
- Regularly washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizers and soap.
- Cover mouth and nose with elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with flu, cough and cold symptoms.
- Regularly clean phones, light switches, taps and doorknobs with disinfectants.
- Consult a doctor if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
2. Advanced Preventive Measures
These measures will actually help you and understand how exactly certain actions need to be done the right way. This includes how to wash hands, what to do if my child shows symptoms of COVID-19 and what precautions to take while travelling together. Here’s what you need to know.
- Wash Hands For 20 Seconds
Why do you have to wash your hands for 20 seconds? Well, the answer is simple. Say goodbye to germs that can cause infections and viruses. Medically speaking, what’s the best way to wash your hands? Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: Wet your hands with water.
Step 2: Apply soap or hand wash on your palm.
Step 3: Scrub your hands. (Back, in between fingers and under your nails for 20 secs)
Step 4: Rinse with water.
When to wash your hands?
- Before eating
- After sneezing, blowing & your nose
- After using the bathroom
- Wear A Medical Mask
Why do you have to wear a face mask during the COVID outbreak? If you have any respiratory problems such as coughing or sneezing, then it is recommended that you wear a mask to prevent the spread of infection. This comes handy in protecting you from any infection or from spreading it.
- Stay Indoors
This is the simplest way to prevent COVID from spreading. All you need to do is stay inside your homes, practice hygiene and stay away from social gatherings. Quarantine can get interesting if you keep yourself busy. It’s the best time to concentrate on yourself and learn new things such as cooking, gardening, playing a new musical instrument etc. Simple, do what you love doing.
- What If My Child / Family Member Is Affected?
Firstly, how do you know that the person is affected by COVID-19? Well, if the person shows signs of cough, cold, shortness of breath and fever, it is advised that you seek immediate medical help by rushing him/her to the nearest hospital. It is recommended that you continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing ways to fight the virus.
- What Precautions To Take If I’m Travelling With My Family?
Planning an inter-city tour to beat the boredom during COVID-19 lockdown? It may not be a good idea. Well, if you’d intend to, then it may not be a feasible idea to take your entire family in one vehicle. Remember, social distancing plays an effective role in curbing COVID-19. If you still think that you could do it with social distancing, then make sure you carry a set of face masks, hand sanitizers and travel by separate vehicles. Doesn’t sound like a good plan? Stay indoors, stay safe.
Can A Pregnant Woman Pass COVID-19 To Her Unborn?
There is not much evidence if an infected pregnant woman can transmit coronavirus to her child. However, it is recommended that she continues to follow safety precautions to protect herself and the baby. Also, make it a point to consult a doctor if you have a cold, cough, fever and difficulty breathing.
Can An Infected Mother Breastfeed Her Child?
Yes, a mother suffering from coronavirus can breastfeed her child. This is because breast milk does not get affected by respiratory viruses such as COVID-19. Breast milk is a natural immunity booster for the child and can never get your child affected. However, it is recommended that you use a face mask, and regularly wash your hands before and after getting in contact with the child.
Protecting you and your family must be of utmost priority with the country running into the second stage of the coronavirus outbreak. Questions like where do I get myself tested, how is it done and what to do and not do are things that we would constantly ask ourselves. Here are some frequently asked questions that will give you an insight into some of these questions.
1. How long would it take to recover from COVID-19 disease?
It takes about 2 weeks to recover from mild symptoms and about 6 weeks for critical cases. You wouldn’t want to be in that case. So, practice hygiene, stay indoors and avoid social gatherings.
2. Is COVID-19 more deadly than the flu?
Yes, it is more deadly than the influenza virus or any other type of flu. This is because 3.4% of the worldwide people suffering from it have died, while only 1% of people have died due to other flu. This makes this a deadly virus that needs to be treated with precaution and proper hygiene.
3. Can you come in contact with COVID-19 by touching anything?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), humans can come in contact with the deadly COVID-19 virus by touching infected surfaces and touching their mouth, eyes and nose.
4. How long can COVID-19 last on surfaces?
Well, considering that fact that it can spread by people touching an infected surface, this deadly virus can last up to a couple of days on any surface. It is recommended that you wear a face mask and carry hand sanitizers with you.
5. How long does it take for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed?
Most scientists and researchers around the world claim that it takes minimum 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be planned, tested and mass used. Staying indoors can do a lot better than you can ever imagine.
Until a vaccine is devised we can’t expect a lot of our lives to get as it used to be. Simple precautions such as staying indoors, maintaining distance from people and practising hygiene will save you till we figure out a cure. Stay indoors, Stay Healthy!