COVID-19: HOW TO SHUT IT OUT OF YOUR HOME
Supporting you to face COVID-19
A few days ago the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. HealthKonsalt understands the difficult challenge of responding to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) the world is facing. Our top priority at HealthKonsalt is to our community, our subscribers, and the global community at large. Our hearts go to those communities and individuals who have been directly or indirectly affected by this difficult event.
We will like to state our appreciation and support to the health workers, governments, international organizations as well as communities around the world who are on the frontline and making efforts to control this disease. We have taken steps to ensure that you, our readers, are kept informed about the best ways to protect yourselves from COVID-19. You can also feel free to contact us anytime to answer your questions with regards to the Coronavirus disease 2019. You can simply leave a message at the end of this post or on our Facebook page and we will get back to you.
Coronaviruses are a large family of RNA viruses. The viruses have been found in different species of animals but can sometimes be transmitted from animal to human and then from person-to-person. This means you can catch the virus from an animal or from another person.
Coronavirus causes mild respiratory diseases (common cold). However, the viruses have caused severe respiratory disease in the past leading to deaths of many people. These severe diseases include severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
COVID-19 is a member of the family of Coronaviruses and is responsible for causing the on-going global epidemic or pandemic. The new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) came out recently from Wuhan China by causing a small group of cases of viral pneumonia. The disease has no cure or vaccine yet. But you can protect yourself by taking some simple measures which will be outlined for you below.
Symptoms and Signs COVID-19
If you have recently traveled to a country or city that is identified as a high-risk area and you suddenly develop symptoms then you may likely have the disease. These symptoms include fever, difficulty in breathing, cough, sore throat, muscle pain or fatigue, headache, blood in sputum, and diarrhea. Also, you are at risk for the disease when you have close contact within the last 2 weeks with a confirmed case. If you work in a facility where COVID-19 cases are being treated your chances of catching the disease are also high.
Simple tips to stay free of COVID-19
You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer to clean your hands regularly.
Cover your cough or sneeze by using a handkerchief, tissue paper or bend your elbow to cover your mouth and nose.
And avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes with unclean hands.
Keep a distance of about 1 – 2 meters between yourself and another person that is coughing or sneezing.
Isolate yourself to avoid contact with people for 2 weeks if you recently returned from a place that is considered high risk. For example, countries that are having an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Also, avoid close and unprotected contact with animals or make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after the contact.
You should also cook meat thoroughly before eating.
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