Conscious of Corona?
Starting to feel conscious of Coronaviris as it’s getting closer and bigger each day – we feel you. But what is (COVID-19) and what can you do to help protect yourself and those around you?
The virus was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 and has since spread into a worldwide panic. Coronaviruses (CoV) are actually a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases and they’ve been around for years! However a novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Symptoms? Well. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.. a bit like a common cold or flu. However in more severe cases (usually found in the elderly and those with existing health conditions), infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Right well, we don’t want it, so what can we do about it?
- Wash your hands.. FREQUENTLY and PROPERLY. Yes, pretty much don’t be a stinker. You need to wash your hands before and after food preparation, after you use the toilet, after handling animals, after sneezing or coughing, after looking after anyone who is sick, after being outside and in public places.
- Social Distancing – can I get some space please? It’s also recommended that you remain 1 metre away from anyone that is coughing or sneezing… easier said than done when you’re stuck on the bus to work I know!
- Don’t touch yourself, well not your eyes, nose and mouth anyway… Hands can pick up viruses anywhere. If they touch your hands, nose or mouth, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, use a bent elbow or tissue and dispose of it immediately. Droplets (gross) spread the virus.
- If you’re feeling any symptoms CALL your GP. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
Back to basics – how to wash your hands, properly.
- Wet your hands with clean, warm running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.