Coronavirus has changed the way we live our lives in just a matter of months. According to experts at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the pandemic may last up to two years. The report stresses that the pandemic won’t end until at least 60-70% of the population has developed an immunity. It only means one thing: we have got to learn to live with it.
We not only need to understand the symptoms and practice basic precautionary measures but stay a step ahead in terms of prevention.
So far hand washing is the most important precaution. But is it enough to prevent coronavirus?
Before we get into that, we need to understand why we need to take prevention seriously.
What’s so dangerous about coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a severe acute respiratory syndrome. It is related to SARS-CoV coronavirus but has different biology. Due to its unknown nature, the experts have yet to figure out how to ensure proper prevention. Hence, the most dangerous thing about Covid-19 is its unknown biology. What we know so far is that the virus can survive on surfaces and in the air long enough for people to contract it. Once transmitted, (either via person-to-person contact or through a contaminated surface) the virus can become life-threatening for some people. Additionally, this virus multiplies once transmitted in the body. You could become a carrier without feeling any symptoms, and potentially infect others who are more susceptible to developing a life-threatening condition.
This is why we can’t treat Covid-19 as any other virus. We have to do more than just basic hygiene.
Hand washing has been prescribed as one of the most crucial preventative measures for the virus. But is it really enough to prevent coronavirus?
Turns out, no it’s not.
Here’s what you can do to prevent the novel coronavirus:
1: Take hygiene to the next level
Hand washing is extremely important, but it won’t make a difference if you are not doing it right.
To properly wash your hands ensure the following:
– Use enough soap to cover all areas of your hands.
– Scrub between fingers, back of the hands, and around nails thoroughly for 25-30 seconds.
– Rinse with water and dry hands with a clean cloth or a tissue paper.
Make a habit of not touching your face.
Make a habit of washing your hands frequently throughout the day.
Separate your utensils. Make sure that each family member has separate cutlery, plates, cups, etc.
Wash your clothes separately.
Make your room a clean-zone by taking your shoes at the door. Never use your indoor shoes outside.
Remove the cloths that you wear outside before you enter your room.
2: Avoid close interaction at all costs
Maintain a 3-6 meters distance even in the house. Pay for your deliveries online so you don’t have to handle cash. In case you have to handle cash, disinfect it with a hand-sanitizer.
3: Invest in a good mask
Not all masks prevent the covid virus. N95 masks offer the best protection, but they can be expensive. So here’s what you can do. Use whatever masks you can find but join two to make sure that there’s significant thickness.
Put on the mask and try to blow out a matchstick. If it extinguishes, your mask isn’t thick enough.
4: Strengthen your immune system
You cannot fully protect yourself from the virus by simply washing your hands or observing social distancing. You have to take care of your whole body so you can fight the virus. Remember what the experts have said, “it won’t go away unless 65-70% of the population has become immune to it”. So take steps to strengthen your immune system.
The bottom line
Covid-19 can cause serious illness in those who are healthy Currently, there’s no cure for the disease, and therefore it’s no time to take your health for granted. Take the necessary measures to preserve your health and prevent coronavirus. Put health above everything else.