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The World Health Organization has officially announced the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic, leading to drastic government action around the world. In difficult times like this, it's all the more important to stay calm and stay healthy. Good health starts with good habits. Here are seven useful tips on how to protect yourself and prevent the virus from spreading!
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The new corona virus is highly contagious. Symptoms may take 14 days or longer to appear. This means that someone can pass the virus on before they realize they are infected. Since the virus is transmitted via an airborne droplet of cough and sneezing to an infected person, it is best to avoid crowds and stay at home unless it is necessary. Do not share dishes or dishes. Avoid talking face to face, and cover your nose and mouth with your elbows when you sneeze or cough. Measure your temperature daily. See a doctor right away if you have a fever or develop flu symptoms.
Wearing gloves may not be the best way to keep your hands clean (unless you're working in the cleaning or medical industry), as you may still be touching your face with gloves on. Instead, wash your hands frequently, especially after touching handles or elevator buttons – studies have shown that the virus can survive up to three days on plastic and stainless steel – and before you eat or touch your face. These paper soaps can easily be taken anywhere.
To wash your hands properly, wet them and apply soap. Foam your palms, your wrists, the back of your hand, between your fingers including your thumbs and under your nails. Scrub for 20 seconds, that's the approximate time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Rinse and dry.
If you can't wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and ideally glycerin to moisturize your skin. Rub over all the surfaces of your hands for 20 seconds until they evaporate. Never touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before disinfecting your hands.
Alcohol and frequent hand washing can damage the skin barrier and lead to dryness. So remember to apply hand cream from time to time.
A recently released video on the "Corona Virus Challenge" showed an influencer licking an airplane toilet seat. In a way, it has raised awareness of how dirty toilets can be. A toilet flag is the distribution of microscopic particles during flushing. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted via toilet aerosols, closing the lid before flushing can be a good measure to prevent fecal matter from spreading.
While some Best countries have adopted the practice of wearing healthy people with face masks as a preventive measure to detect droplets and prevent facial touch, masks in Western countries are more reserved for sick and medical personnel. If you choose to wear a mask, make sure you choose the right type and wear it properly.
To a certain extent, reusable woven masks that keep you warm can prevent breath droplets from entering. A suitable three-layer surgical mask consisting of an outer waterproof layer, a middle filter layer and an inner moisture-absorbing layer is generally very preferred. This IG contribution from us highlights mask standards from different countries. If necessary, you can also choose the more expensive N95 or one with interchangeable filters.
Always use clean hands to put on a mask. The colored side is usually the front and should face out. The vents should face down and the metal strip should touch your bridge of the nose. Place the ear loops over your ears with both hands. Squeeze the strip to fit over your nose and pull the mask over your chin. Make sure that there are no gaps between the mask and your face. Do not touch the mask when you are wearing it. After use, remove the mask with the ear loops without touching the front and fold it out or wrap it before throwing it away. Then clean your hands.
Surgical masks are for single use only. If you need to remove your mask to eat, don't let it hang under your chin or on the side of your face. In Hong Kong, it is common to wrap it in handkerchiefs or put it in a paper envelope to absorb moisture. You can also store your unused masks in these cute mask containers. Wear glasses, goggles, or face shield to protect your eyes from droplets.
Don't bring germs home!
When you return home, take off your shoes and leave them outside if possible. If you bring your shoes to your home, step on a carpet soaked in 1:99 diluted bleaching water or spray the shoes with a shoe disinfectant before entering. Wash your hands thoroughly and wipe your glasses and phone with alcohol wipes.
Take off your clothes and hang them on your closet for a few hours. You can also spray them with a fabric disinfectant or, even better, throw them directly into the washing machine. Wear waterproof rather than woven clothing, as dirt and germs are less likely to adhere to waterproof surfaces. Some people wear a raincoat when going out and leave it at the door when they return.
Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in your home. Wipe the floor at least once a week and wipe the furniture with 1:99 diluted bleach solution or a suitable household cleaner and rinse with a damp cloth. Be careful when using bleach – wear gloves and keep away from children. If necessary, first clean the surface before using a bleach solution. However, never mix them with other cleaning agents. Use the diluted bleaching water within 24 hours to prevent it from losing its disinfectant power.
Although there is no evidence that COVID-19 is in the air, you can still use an air purifier in your home or office.
It is always a good idea for general health to maintain a balanced diet and strengthen immunity by taking enough (but not too much) vitamins C and E. It is believed that berries, citrus fruits, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, turmeric, garlic and ginger are present to boost the immune system. In traditional Chinese medicine, foods such as lotus root, lotus seeds, ginkgo, almond, bamboo, white lily, pear and ginseng are believed to promote breathing.
There is no single, foolproof way to protect yourself from COVID-19, but you can try to eat well, exercise properly, sleep well, stay positive, and find ways to reduce stress and those spent at home Use time well. Be aware of the situation and stay informed. Don't forget to take care of others as we are all together!