COVID-19 has become the most horrible name these days. It generally spreads through touching directly or by the droplets of the infected person parsed on via sneezing or coughing. COVID-19 or the novel Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system. Apart from all threats and negative realities, many positive aspects help us to prevent the fear of Coronavirus. You can take steps to protect yourself. Right from washing hands properly to maintaining distance with people who are infected with flu-like symptoms, and wearing a mask things can turn positive for you. Other habits which need to be included in your routine should include –
- Not touching your face
- Cleaning/sanitizing frequently touched places and surfaces
- Shun the close contacts with Corona infected or anyone who has a history of respiratory sickness.
- Keep practicing a good respiratory hygiene routine
- Regular exercise
- Correct Eating Habits
- Wearing Masks when you go outside
At the moment, there is no known vaccine to contain the spread of coronavirus. Therefore, the best bet is to prevent the risk of being infected by simply practicing good hygiene habits.
You must explore your physique and explore some exercises so that you can remain fit and rule out any complaint; even of seasonal flu.
Follow the common researcher saying “that a disciplined person can get rid of any kind of infection”. The virus generally spreads by sneezing and coughing or through touch. So, first, you should keep away from people with a complaint of seasonal illness, and second practice tricks to boost your immunity system.
Importance of Wearing a Mask –
When to use a mask?
- Remember, A mask is mandatory only with the people who are infected. If you do not experience any symptom of respiratory infection, then social distancing can do the trick for
- Wear a mask when you are sick and experience cold and cough
- Using masks are effective only when you are following the same along with a combination of other instruction such as washing hands frequently with soap/ sanitizer or cleaning the frequently touched surfaces
- One must know the proper rules of disposition of used products. You must know how to clean or dispose of things like masks, tissues, and handguards properly.
The process of wearing a mask –
- Clean your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer or soap before you put on the mask.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask properly. Ensure that there is no gap between the mask and your face.
- Do not touch your mask frequently while wearing it. If you do it by mistake, clean your mask with alcohol-based soap and water.
- Replace the mask as soon as possible. Do not use a mask for more than a day continuously. If you need to wear a mask for a long time keep changing after 5 hours and dispose of the used mask.
- To remove the mask, take off from behind. Pertain from touching the internal area of the mask for being safe amidst infection. Wash your hands at once with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Here are other important steps you can put in place from spreading coronavirus –
- Clean your hands for no reason
Wash your hands regularly with any soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds properly. Wash them after and before having meals. Make it a habit to wash hands after any visit outside the house. One can switch to alcohol-based hand sanitizer, in absence of hand wash facility. Cleaning hands frequently decreases the risk of being infected and spreading of coronavirus disease.
- Avoid touching your face
Be careful when it comes to touching here and there. Do not touch your face, nose, and eyes after any social contact. As it is not possible to wash hands every minute or after touching everything, one has to be very careful, when it comes to touching the face. According to WHO (World Health Organization), you should keep a sanitizer in your bag and try to clean your hands with it frequently.
- Disinfect frequently touched places and surfaces
You must point out the frequently touched places in your home, such as tables, doors, doorknobs, switchboards, countertops, handles, bookshelves, books, computers, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. One of the most frequently touched things is our mobile phone. Most of the time, we forget to sanitize it. However, the fact is a mobile phone can carry the most amount of virus. So, make sure that you clean your mobile phone once or whenever your phone travels through different hands along with sanitizer. Try not to make any changes when you are in the market. Paying on plastic money is the best way to avoid touching things unnecessarily.
- Keep a safe distance from ill people
Maintaining social distance is of utmost importance. Try to keep at least 6 ft. distance from one another when you are away from home. The same rule should be applied when you are with any of your relatives, friends, or neighbors. Maintain a special distance from a person who is sick and have been suffering from a persistent sneeze, cough, or sore throat. Since the virus is spreading through droplets with direct human contact, keep away from the sick person. Do not meet them physically. If possible, ask them to visit doctors.
- Avoid sharing personal items
People are used to sharing books, keys to the car, foods, glasses, utensils, drinks, cigarettes, with friends and family. Maintain a distance from doing this. Indulge in a new habit to separate your things from others. Do not share any personal things to anybody.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene
You must learn some common respiratory habits such as covering your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or elbow as you cough or sneeze. Disposing of the tissue or the handkerchief is mandatory after sneezing. Washing hands for at least 20 seconds is another good physical habit that has already been described on the first point. Also, you can try some Yoga that strengthens your respiratory system and boosts immunity.
- Great without making physical contact
Hugging, kissing, shaking hands are no more a good habit now. Make sure that you detach people from physically, not mentally. Try to become habitual to habits like waving, meaningful smiles, instead of handshake or hugging. You can nod or bow to show gratitude. There are many ways to show your emotions without touching people physically.
- Stay in isolation if you feel sick
Try to avoid close contact with anybody if you are not feeling well. If you have been sneezing, experiencing cough, or throat sore, seek medical help immediately.
We hope the information compiled will help you to utilize the mask thoroughly and stay at the lowest risk of getting infected. Make sure wearing a mask is your best shield to prevent its spread.