It is no secret that the world is suffering from a pandemic. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought the world to a halt. And a by-product of that is the resulting stop in the world sporting events. But what the world currently needs is to protect itself. Keeping that in mind here are some things that you need to follow during this ongoing situation.
- Practice frequent hand washing. Use an alcohol-based rub, and wash hands even if they look clean.
- Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing.
- Throw used tissues into closed bins, immediately after use.
- See a doctor if you feel unwell (cold, cough, fever). Wear a mask while visiting the doctor.
- Contact the state helpline number, if you show any of these symptoms.
- Do not have close contact with anyone, if you’re experiencing a cold, cough.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth without washing your hands.
- Never spit in public.
- Avoid participating in large gatherings.
There are many unsubstantiated pieces of news regarding what can and cannot be done to prevent the virus. Some of them are –
- Hand sanitizers kill the virus. But according to the WHO report, the best method of protecting yourself is washing your hands with alcohol-based hand rub & warm water.
- No, spraying yourself with chlorine or alcohol will not kill the virus. These substances are indeed helpful in small amounts as a disinfectant on hard surfaces. But it will not kill the virus, once the virus has entered your body.
- The virus will not be transmitted over long distances, so you can use products made in China.
- As clarified by doctors, the consumption of medicinal herbs does not guarantee any protection against the virus.
We urge you to carefully think about every piece of advice you take and to follow these points. Together is the only way forward and we need to take care of each other to come through these tough times.
Please visit who.int to get further information about the myths that have been floated around. We sincerely hope you put an end to these myths and follow the right steps to prevent the spread of the virus.