HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CORONAVIRUS?

Coronavirus is a type of common virus that infects humans, typically leading to an upper respiratory infection (URI.) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been described as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As long as Coronavirus spreads throughout the world, people are trying to find effective ways to protect themselves from getting infected by Coronavirus. In this article, we will be trying to explain how to protect yourself, and the people around you from the Coronavirus.

Wash your hands regularly

Washing your hands regularly is the best way to protect yourself from the Coronavirus. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose. Use hand sanitizers, for the times when you don’t have water and soap, which contains at least 60 percent alcohol.


Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with other people. Put at least 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is sick, most particularly if they are coughing or sneezing. This really important because while someone coughing or sneezing, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain Coronavirus and other germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

If your hands are not clean, avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth. Because these areas are entry portals for Coronavirus and any other germs. Due to your hands touch many surfaces in daily life, it is easier to become infected if you do not clean them regularly.

Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Then throw away the used tissue. In addition to this, if you don’t have a tissue, cough inside your elbow or arm, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after sneezing or coughing. This will protect you and help to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other infections.

Stay home if you are sick 

Stay home if you begin to feel any cold or flu symptoms. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Call in advance for your doctor before getting medical care. Even if you are not sick, it is also a good idea to stay home these days because every time we leave our home, we increase our risk of infection. Further, do not visit public areas and avoid using public transportation if you feel unwell. 

Wear a facemask if you are sick

Facemasks are one tool utilized for preventing the spread of disease. They help in limiting the spread of germs. But before getting a facemask, consider if you really need one. Wear a facemask if you are sick, and coughing or sneezing. The facemask will protect the people around you for catching your illness. If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are in close contact with people who are infected. Besides, do not forget the fact that unnecessary use of facemasks could cause trouble for the people who actually need them.

In addition to these basic precautions, be aware of what is happening in your local community. Do not forget! Nothing is more important than your health. Please follow the directions given by your state and your local authorities. It is extra important for you to take action to avoid getting sick if you are at higher risk for serious illness from Coronavirus because of your age or a serious medical condition. In conclusion, for more information about Coronavirus, Visit the World Health Organization’s official website.

Resources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/novel-coronavirus/faq-20478727

Burak Tunahan Gökalp
Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations.
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