3 DO’s and DON’Ts Amidst the COVID-19 Scare
The modern world has woken up to a global health emergency. With the sudden spike in new corona cases emerging every hour, there is a state of utter panic and complete confusion all across the globe. In the light of this sheer chaos and overload of information floating over the internet, being responsible and calm is truly the need of the hour. WHO, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with other local and state authorities recommend individuals to practice self-isolation along with several other preventive measures to disseminate awareness. Here’s an exhaustive rundown of the Do’s and Don’ts recommended for you and those around you:
What’s a big NO during the corona outbreak?
Knowing what is not to be done is equally crucial. Therefore, before delving into what you can actually do to prevent contracting the coronavirus, ensure you have ticked off all the things that are best avoided.
1. Do NOT participate in public gatherings or encourage any avoidable travel plans
- One of the best ways to prevent the virus from gaining momentum is breaking the chain and avoiding all public gatherings, community meetings, and places that are known to have clusters of people.
- If you are sick or feel unwell, ensure you self-isolate. Practice social distancing and spend all your time indoors to stay healthy.
- Ensure you postpone all nonessential travels and day outings indefinitely during these troubled times.
- Avoid public spaces and commutes that require you to use public transports.
2. DO NOT spit or cough in the open OR touch your face, nose or mouth
The COVID-19 virus is known to spread through tiny droplets and human contact. Ensure you practice good respiratory hygiene including coughing and sneezing into disposable tissues to keep yourself and those around you safe.
- A simple way to get through these difficult days is to avoid touching the face. Ensure you maintain healthy hand habits to keep the risk of contraction at bay.
3. DO NOT spread misinformation or adopt panic buying practices
All international and local authorities recommend that you check your source of information and ensure all your updates, statuses, and reports stem from credible and verified places like WHO, CDC, and MoHFW.
- Do not let myths or misinformation disseminate in your circle.
- Additionally, stay away from activities that create chaos or inconvenience for others. All impulsive trips to the grocery store or giving into panic buying or hoarding practices are a big no.
In addition to the aforementioned steps, ensure you do your bit to curb the effects of the pandemic and make the following a routine:
1. Disinfect your home and sanitize your hands
- Since surfaces can become potential sites of the virus, ensure you disinfect and sanitize your living spaces regularly.
- Keep hand sanitizer pumps in common areas and entrances to promote hand hygiene. Encourage yourself and everyone around you to frequently wash hands even if they seem visibly clean.
2. DO work from home, if possible
Being indoors is the simplest step to avoid exposure. Therefore, if possible, ensure you work from home as much as possible. To ensure it goes seamlessly, you can allocate yourself a room or area of the house where you can concentrate better or feel your most productive self.
3. DO wear a mask, if sick
In addition to practicing respiratory hygiene, ensure you wear a mask if you experience poor respiratory symptoms or are attending to someone unwell. Ensure you dispose of your mask in a closed bin after use.
By: Kiara Sharma | on 2020-03-16