The highly contagious coronavirus has spread all over the world, leaving people with more questions than answers. As of now, the fear of the virus has swept countries leaving people in anxiety and panic, searching for effective hacks. Some countries, like Italy, are on lockdown, and others are issuing travel bans. The most disturbing thing is that many people are not aware of how to protect themselves.
As the number of infected people keeps rising, people are on the lookout for ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. For every picture shared online of people trying to protect themselves, people can’t help but wonder whether these methods are effective hacks.
Let us not forget the fact that our lifestyles, too, can contribute to the rapid cause of this virus. This ranges from our sleep patterns and the kind of food we eat to supplements and everything in between. Whereas the quickest hack that comes to mind when it comes to Coronavirus is not traveling to the affected areas, here are some other ways not to contract this contagious disease.
Always Be Informed
Even though the risk is still low in most countries (except China and Italy), officials encourage people always to be armed with information about what is going on. If you want to know facts, check out the CDC website where you will find regularly updated information on coronavirus happenings. Though it can be quite overwhelming and disturbing due to unfound information spreading all over social media, you shouldn’t give it much attention. Instead, refer to actual health organizations that are investigating this issue firsthand.
You might be wondering how being informed helps protect yourself. Well, it will help you feel empowered and have access to information that will be helpful in the long run such as places to avoid and things not to do.
Wash Your Hands Thoroughly
Depending on the microbes at hand, they usually live on surfaces anywhere from a few days up to several months. This means these microbes can live on your computer, light-switch, keyboard, or even door. Surprisingly, most people are unaware that the easiest of all of the effective hacks is just to wash your hands well. The CDC recommends people wash their hands every day, rigorously with soap and clean water for at least 30 seconds. This should be followed by wiping them with a clean dry towel or air-drying.
You don’t have clean running water? Don’t worry. You can make use of hand sanitizers or hand gel will go a long way too. Also, when you are around people, always cover your mouth with your hand or elbow when coughing or sneezing. In addition, always clean surfaces that you touch.
If you are living in areas that have already reported the virus, be very careful when you go out in public. This includes shaking hands with people, coming in close contact with people, or anything that might put your life in harm’s way. If your hands are not clean, then avoid touching your eyes or even mouth. If you have a friend or a family member who is sick, avoid close contact with them. Also, if you are sick, do others a favor; stay home and avoid public places, or at least wear a mask.
Watch The Kind Of Food You Eat
The CDC has advised people always to be careful and watch out for the kind of food they eat. These include raw or undercooked meat. If you are going to markets with foodstuff, avoid coming into contact with live animals or even surfaces they might have touched.
It’s in your best interest that you first seek advice and also check the CDC and WHO websites for updates on destinations that have been affected by this deadly virus. This applies especially to people traveling internationally. Also, check into the places you are visiting about whether they might have issued any travel advisories, which might be helpful to you.
The coronavirus is new. The fact that not so much is not known about it yet has put many people in danger. Thanks to health organizations, such as the World Health Organization, we now have tips and effective hacks to protect ourselves. Always follow their websites to keep up to date with this virus.