Coronaviruses are a wide family of viruses that cause ailments ranging from the common cold to more severe symptoms. The novel CoronaVirus (nCoV) is a new strain that had not previously been identified in humans. With the widespread of this viral strain in more than 44 countries of the world, including the first confirmed case in Nigeria. The world health organization has declared the outbreak a global health emergency. This is no cause for alarm. it only means everyone ought to be on the alert. Protect your health and that of others by doing the following
Wash your Hands Thoroughly and Frequently
Coronavirus is spread from person to person by droplets from an infected person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or yawns, they may give off virus-containing droplets. These droplets could easily settle on surrounding objects and surfaces. A healthy person may get infected by coming in contact with these viral particles and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes after contact with these surfaces. Washing your hands frequently, and thoroughly (for 20 seconds at least) with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer would kill the virus that may be on your hands.
Practise Respiratory Hygiene
Good respiratory hygiene entails covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue paper when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to dispose of any used tissue immediately. By this, you protect the people around you from contracting the virus thus curbing its spread.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
The human coronavirus can remain infectious on inanimate objects for up to nine days at room temperature. Your hands may come in contact with these surfaces thus transferring the virus from these surfaces to your eyes, mouth or nose. Stay safe by avoiding contact with these parts of your body until you wash your hands.
Maintain Social Distancing
You do not need face masks to prevent the virus. By simply giving a safe distance of a few meters from anyone that is coughing or sneezing. You can stay safe from inhaling any viral particles exhaled by anyone.
Seek Medical Health if you have Fever, Symptoms of Cold/Breathing Difficulties
The societal stigma associated with contracting the virus may prompt you to be in denial of your symptoms, or cause you to hide them. Seek prompt medical advice if you feel unwell. This would not only protect you but would also increase your chances of recovery, and protect your loved ones/those around you as well.
Focus on Consuming Healthy Foods to Beef up your Immunity
Getting diagnosed with CoronaVirus is not a death sentence. As a matter of fact, the common flu kills 60 times more people annually than Corona. Only 2% of cases have reported deaths and most of these deaths were associated with a weaker immune system. Protect yourself by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and opting for a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.