How do we protect against Covid-19?

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The SARS Cov-2 that caused the Covid-19 is spreading rapidly from man to man. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to protect yourself from this outbreak. We’ll tell you what precautions to take.

 

Wash your hands frequently

The best way to limit the spread of coronavirus is frequent hand washing. Washing your hands with soap and water or a hydro-alcoholic solution will kill the virus that may be on your hands. To be effective, handwashing does not have to be done just any old way. First, get your hands sufficiently wet, then apply soap and rub your hands palm to palm in a rotating motion. Continue with the back of your left hand, rubbing back and forth with the palm of your right hand. Repeat with your right hand. Continue by cleaning the space between the fingers and the backs of the fingers. Don’t forget to rub at the corners to eliminate as many germs as possible.

They say that you have to wash your hands frequently, but what does that mean exactly? It means washing your hands as often as possible, before preparing a meal, before or after taking care of your baby, or after using the toilet. You should also think about washing your hands when leaving public transport and public places in general. It is also recommended to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Also wash your hands when you arrive home or at work.

 

Maintain social distancing

As much as possible, stay home. By staying home, you help stop the spread of the virus. You also limit the risk of becoming infected. If you absolutely must go out, maintain social distancing from other people, especially from people who cough and sneeze. In other words, keep a distance of one metre between you and other people. The reason for this is simple. When a person sneezes or coughs, small drops that may contain the virus can be thrown into the air. If you are too close, you could inhale these droplets and contract the Covid-19 virus, if the person coughing is carrying the virus. Limit human contact as much as possible. Avoid shaking hands or hugging your children. Visiting friends and family is also not recommended, as this contributes to the spread of the virus. If your activity allows it, opt for teleworking.

 

Avoid touching your face

Avoid touching your faceThe coronavirus is spread through the air, through saliva and sputum, or through direct contact. To limit the risk of contamination, you should lose the habit of touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. Hands are often in contact with different surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your mouth, nose and eyes, the virus can enter your body and infect you.

Also remember to follow the rules of respiratory hygiene, especially when there are people around you. If you come to cough or sneeze, remember to cover your mouth and nose with as much of your elbow as possible. You can also use a disposable tissue. This handkerchief should be disposed of immediately in a safe place after use. By following these respiratory hygiene protection rules, you protect everyone around you from the viruses that cause Covid-19, but also those that cause colds and flu.

 

What if I come from a high-risk area?

If you come from an area where the virus is already spreading, all of the above precautions apply to you. If you have mild symptoms of the disease, such as headache, mild fever or a moderate runny nose, stay home until you recover. Do not go to a health centre immediately. By staying home, you will avoid contact with other people. On the other hand, you will avoid the congestion of hospitals, allowing them to function more efficiently. If you need to refuel, wear a mask to protect others.

If symptoms persist or if other symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath appear, consult your doctor immediately. Do not forget to tell him/her that you have recently travelled. These symptoms are not to be taken lightly as they may indicate both a respiratory infection and a much more serious condition. By calling your doctor, you will be quickly referred to the health care facility that is best able to care for you.

 

Stay informed at all times

The Covid-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly and while the focus has long been China, almost the entire planet has not been spared. By keeping yourself informed, you will know in which cities or areas Covid-19 is spreading on a large scale. These areas should be avoided since the risk of contracting the disease is greater in these places. In any case, avoid travelling as much as possible, especially if you are not elderly or if you are diabetic or if you suffer from heart or lung disease. If you fall into this category, you are among those at risk, those who are most likely to get this disease and suffer from its complications.

Follow the instructions of local authorities

The national and local authorities are the ones who have all the latest information about the evolution of the spread of the virus in the region where you are. Follow their guidelines, such as containment measures, for example. These measures are very restrictive, but following them will help reduce the spread of the virus. In China, the outbreak of the disease, strict containment has brought the situation under control and eradicated the disease in the affected areas.[:fr]Le SRAS Cov-2 à l’origine de la Covid-19 se propage rapidement d’hommes à hommes. Heureusement qu’il existe des gestes simples qui permettent de se protéger contre cette épidémie. Nous vous dévoilons ces précautions à prendre.