You’ve probably heard the news by now that there is a massive viral epidemic that is spreading across the world. COVID-19, or the coronavirus, is causing a lot of panic around the world due to its alarmingly infectious nature. The virus, originating from Wuhan, China, is one that originated from an animal. This kind of virus is referred to as a zoonotic virus, meaning it’s a virus from animals that can infect humans. The problem with this virus is that there is currently no cure, no treatment, and no vaccines that can eliminate the possibility of infection. Right now, there have been more than 90,000 cases of infection worldwide and over 3,000 coronavirus-related deaths. This has caused widespread panic across the world, leading many people to worry about a possible pandemic. However, we’re here to help you get through this. Today, we’re going to highlight some do’s and don’ts for you to follow. Without further ado, here is our survival guide to the coronavirus.
Avoid Contact With Infected Individuals
This should go without saying, but we must emphasize how important this is. If you know someone who has been to an area that has widespread coronavirus infections, avoid physical contact with them. Being in the U.S., there are not many people you meet that are from these infected areas, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Even the smallest respiratory droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough are considered exposure to the virus. Drug Rehabs in Arizona are reporting increased cases of suspected Coronavirus, but thankfully the reports are false!
Wash Hands Often
The World Health Organization (WHO for short) recommends that you wash your hands frequently during this time of viral contamination. Most people do a pretty good job of washing their hands after going to the bathroom, but it’s advised that you wash your hands even more frequently than that. It’s sanitary to wash your hands after using the restroom, but we don’t often think about what’s sort of surfaces may carry infectious viruses. Door handles, a person’s hand, grocery carts, etc. are all places that a person with coronavirus can touch and cause to become contaminated. Frequently wash your hands under hot water with soap for at least 20 seconds. This can help clean your hands of any possible contamination.
Avoid Touching Face
Throughout the day, we as humans constantly touch our faces. Some people bite their nails, eat food with their hands, rub their eyes, or pick their nose. What we often fail to recognize is how dirty our hands can be. We touch door handles, other people’s hands, and many other things that are extremely dirty. Without even realizing it, we’re exposing our eyes, nose, and mouth to bacteria every day. Considering how infectious coronavirus is, we suggest avoiding contact with your face (eyes, ears, mouth, and nose) as much as possible. This action coupled with frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of this virus.
Maintain Respiratory Health
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that causes symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, multi-organ failure, and pneumonia. Symptoms often start off minor with coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath, but slowly worsen to multi-organ failure, pneumonia, and even death. Cases of infection and death continue to rise, but thankfully we know that this is a disease that affects a person’s respiratory system. With that in mind, we know that cardiovascular health plays a key role in the possibility of infection and recovery. If you regularly exercise and practice good respiratory hygiene, your chances of infection or recovery from infection can greatly increase. Working out, swimming, or going on runs are all great methods for bettering your cardiovascular health.
Stock Up On Medicine/Sanitizing Solutions
There’s no harm in being more over prepared, stock up on cold medications! The last thing you need is a weakened immune system so best to come prepared for the worst-case scenario. If you even get a cold, that could weaken your immune system which will make you more vulnerable to coronavirus infection. If you are already dealing with some health issues that call for prescription medication use, it’s smart to stock up on those medications as well so you can avoid making unnecessary trips to the pharmacy. Hand sanitizer and household cleaners like Lysol are also great things to carry with you or keep at home.
Always stay updated when there is a viral epidemic that is affecting countries across the world. Though most of the virus was seemingly contained in Wuhan, China, it has since spread across Europe, Asia, and to some parts of the U.S. and Canada. Though there have only been a few cases of infection in the U.S. and Canada, this is something that every American should stay updated on. The WHO posts frequent updates and news articles on the virus, keeping everyone up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 information.
If You Don’t Feel Well, Stay Home
If you are starting to feel under-the-weather and are worried you may have contracted the virus, stay home and get rest. There is a possibility you may just have a cold, but in the case of more serious symptoms developing like shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately. It also wouldn’t hurt to go in and see your doctor if you’ve developed minor symptoms that may seem out of the ordinary. No harm in being extra careful! If you are feeling unwell, stay home, get plenty of rest, stay warm, and stay hydrated. Be sure to also eat nutritious foods that can help build up your immune system and give your body the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to fight against viruses like this.
The number of infections and death due to the coronavirus are very alarming, but we highly suggest you follow these steps in order to survive this virus. Infection can be avoided and recovery is possible if you carefully and thoroughly follow these guidelines that have been laid out by healthcare professionals. Be safe out there and stay sanitized, folks!
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