It is important to know how to protect yourself from Coronavirus as this pandemic is rapidly spreading and can be fatal.
Just like SARS, coronavirus is quickly spreading in the world. Originating from Wuhan, this virus has reached Europe and the USA as well. Despite being powerful economies, China, Italy, and the USA are unable to prevent its spread.
Countries like Iran and Pakistan stand a lesser chance of prevention due to the unavailability of quarantine centers and detection equipment. Coronavirus in Pakistan can become quite a criticial situation.
With two cases of Coronavirus being confirmed in Karachi, panic has gripped the nation. Schools are closed and masks are being sold at ten times higher price.
At times like this, perhaps the best way to protect yourself from Coronavirus is to take some measures on your own.
Doctors Recommend How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus
Here are some measures doctors recommend that you can take to protect yourself from Coronavirus;
1. Take Care of Hygiene
The best way to prevent the outbreak of any disease that spreads from direct contact is to take great care of hygiene. You should keep a hand sanitizer with you at all times. Wash your hands before meals or after you shake your hands with someone who is infected by Coronavirus. Take the appropriate time in washing your hands and face instead of rushing it.
2. Avoid Touching Your Mouth, Nose, and Eyes
While washing hands is the cornerstone of preventing infections, we can risk becoming infected due to the habit of touching face with unclean hands.
On average, a person touches their face 15 to 23 times an hour. If you have just shaken hands with someone who shows symptoms of influenza, touching your mouth or nose is the quickest way to get infected.
3. Wear a Mask
Coronavirus can spread from inhaling droplets of mucous from a sneeze of an infected person. Wearing a mask, while can not completely protect you from the virus, it can offer a shield against the virus in the air.
4. Maintain Distance
If you see someone showing Coronavirus symptoms, maintain your distance. In Pakistan, people love visiting the sick. However, that is how most viruses spread. If someone is infected with flu or cough, they should also be careful to keep their distance from family and co-workers.
5. Consult a Doctor if You Have Coronavirus Symptoms
If you have the following symptoms you could be infected by Coronoavirus;
If left untreated, Coronavirus can also develop into pneumonia and lead to kidney failure. If you have any flu-like symptoms, do not shrug them off as the changing season’s flu, consult a doctor immediately.
6. Spread Awareness
If you want to protect your family and friends from Coronavirus, inform them about the Coronoavirus symptoms and preventative measures.
In Pakistan, people more prone to being infected are domestic workers or illiterate.
If you have any domestic workers at home or live in a poor neighborhood, spreading awareness can be the best bet to prevent a massive outbreak. Inform people about the importance of personal hygiene, washing hands all the time, and using hand sanitizers.
7. Don’t Panic, Stay Vigilant
Panic or fear are the most common responses to the pandemic outbreaks. In order to protect yourself from Coronavirus in Pakistan, you must not panic or throw blame around.
Maintain your hygiene, eat clean food, exercise regularly, and avoid eating food from vendors. Read more about what WHO says on Coronoavirus here.
Coronavirus in Pakistan is still under wraps, but it can spread rapidly due to high population and low literacy rates. The lack of awareness about Coronavirus can make matters worse. There are many myths and wrong information about Coronavirus.
Don’t believe everything you hear or read and don’t spread panic. There are no vaccines available. No desi totkay have been proven to prevent Coronavirus. The fatality rate varies with age and gender, and is highest among the old people. So far, quarantines have proven the best method of controlling the outbreak.
On your own, the best way to protect yourself from Coronavirus is maintaining hygiene.