10 tips on how to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a threat to us and our loved one especially the elderly. It has sent people into crisis mode and put them in constant fear of themselves and others around them. Because prevention is more effective than cure, you should know the correct methods to avoid contracting the virus and infecting the people around you:

1. Wash your hands

The best measure of them all is to wash your hands generously with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you are outside the house, sanitize your hands with 70% concentrated alcohol hand sanitizers. To ensure you have effectively cleaned your hands sing the birthday song twice while washing off the germs.

2. Stay at home

The first and most important rule is to stay at home. Regardless of the plans you have been waiting for or the dates you have marked on your calendar, home quarantine in the event of a pandemic is the best solution to protect yourself from the coronavirus and to protect others from the spread of the virus.

3. Practice social distancing

In case you needed to leave your house for any essentials, be sure to leave a distance of one and a half meters between you and others around you. Social distancing is pertinent at times like these.

4. Don’t touch your face

Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose unless you have fully sanitized your hands before.

5. Sanitize surfaces

Use dilute chlorine to sterilize tools and surfaces frequently and after each use. Keeping the surfaces sanitized will prevent easy contraction of the virus

6. Wear a mask when necessary

Although there are conflicting recommendations, wearing a mask before you leave the house and disposing of the used masks as soon as you return home has many advantages. The mask will prevent most particles and droplets from entering your mouth and nose. It will also, if you have been infected unknowingly, prevent you from spreading the virus. However, do not hoard those masks as global supplies are limited and healthcare professionals have priority.

7. Wear gloves properly

Make sure to wear disposable gloves before touching anything unsanitized, especially money. Be careful to take off the gloves properly, by removing them from the wrist, not the fingers, and to dispose of them in a tightly closed recycling bin or trash bin. Do not neglect to sanitize your hands afterwards. Keeping gloves on all day and touching your face with them is, however, counterproductive and could result in a similar spread of infection.

8. Clean your smartphone

Use alcoholic wet wipes to sanitize your smartphones, the devices you use consistently and any item you purchase, regularly and before use. These items that you use so frequently carry so much bacteria that can cause you to contract the virus 

9. Clean your vegetables and fruits

Wash fruits and vegetables with water and vinegar and leave them marinated for 15 minutes to ensure they are fully clean and sterilized.

10. Exercise & healthy food intake

Focus on keeping your body active and eating foods that are rich in vitamin C and zinc, such as kiwis, oranges, strawberries, nuts and beans. They boost immunity and increase the effectiveness of the immune system.

To remain healthy for your safety and the safety of others around you, be conscious and protect yourself from the coronavirus because prevention is more effective than cure.. For more prevention measures check out The World Health Organization website using this link.

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