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Coronavirus Pandemic: What to do and not to do ๐Ÿค”

Coronavirus Pandemic: What to do and not to do ๐Ÿค”



"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
Benjamin Franklin
 

Brace yourself, coronavirus is coming. Be it tomorrow, or after a few months, it's going to come near you and me. Now it's up to us if we are cautious and prepared enough to save ourself.

Recently, WHO chief stated that the way things are going, the way most of the governments and the public is reacting, the things are going to get worse and worse and worse.
So what should we do to protect us from coronavirus disease? Should we be using masks to protect ourselves from the coronavirus disease? What is a safe distance from others to protect against the coronavirus disease? What we should not do get infected by coronavirus?

Coronavirus pandemic what to do
Coronavirus Pandemic: What to do and not to do

What to do during coronavirus pandemic?

1. Take the sunlight

Who would have thought that source that provides energy to every living being on earth, a star that is the reason behind the existence of earth, will save us from a pandemic as well?

By now it is clear that lack of vitamin D is directly correlated with the severity of COVID-19 disease. Vitamin D is a major component of human biology that include immune system. Unfortunately, a large portion of modern society is vitamin D deficient thanks to modern lifestyle.

The best source of vitamin D is sunlight. So make sure to take some sunbath every day. If you can't go out, sit beside windows, sit in the balcony, keep your windows open throughout the day. Unfortunately, glass blocks UV-B that makes vitamin D in the body, so sitting across a glass window will not be useful.
The other minor source of vitamin D is mainly fish, and partly in cheese, egg yolk or mushroom. In some of the developed countries, vitamin D also added to dairy products. But still, the best source remains sunlight.
If you want to take Vitamin supplements, please talk to your doctor first as overdosage of Vitamin D also could have side effects.

2. Good night sleep

Sleep is directly connected to the immune system. A good night sleep helps in maintaining a proper immune system that helps fight diseases. So adults should take at least 7-8 hour of night sleep while children shout sleep for more than 9 hours every night.

3. Cover your nose, mouth and eyes

This is very clear by now, covering your face is important. It reduces the number of virus particles infecting, and thus reduces the possibility of getting serious symptoms of COVID-19.
On the other hand, it also protects healthy people from an asymptomatic infected person. So double advantage. Also, make sure you don't make these common mistakes when covering your face.

4. Distancing is must

Now that pieces of evidence are emerging that novel coronavirus is airborne, there is no completely safe distance. The viral concentration dilutes with distance.
So, maintain as much physical distancing as possible. There is no wall at 6 feet, coronavirus can travel many meters in the air especially in indoor conditions.

COVID-19 physical distancing
During coronavirus pandemic, maintain a good physical distance.
Image source: covid19.gov.gg

5. Prefer to talk outdoor

For people coming to meet you, it will be good if you talk to them outside the home while maintaining distancing. In the outside open environment, droplets/aerosols are diluted in airflow and move in all directions.
In the indoor environment, the droplets get concentrated with every breath and talk which increase the chance of coronavirus transmission.
So whenever you meet someone, do a walk and talk or at least go to the terrace and talk. Still, if you have to talk indoors, prefer well-ventilated rooms with enough windows and doors open.

6. Leave your footwear outside the home

Floors are turning sources of coronavirus transmission. even without COVID-19, its always a good hygiene practice to remove your footwear outside your home so that you don't bring in those millions of germs you collected on the rodes. 

7. Hand cleaning

As stated always, regularly wash your hands with sope or at least sanitize it with a sanitizer having at least 60% alcohol. This will surely reduce your chances of getting infected with the novel coronavirus.

8. Keep monitoring your health

Keep an eye for your health if you are developing any symptoms of COVID-19. Many people die as they reach hospital late or report late. So report to doctors by phone as soon as you develop symptoms.
And, it's very easy. Just keep a daily check on your breathing, smell and taste capacity, cough, random fever and tiredness with respect to activity etc. You can find out early symptoms of COVID-19 here.

9. Cough on your napkin or shoulder

Don't let viral particles released by your cough spread in the air. Take them on your napkin or shoulders.

10. Eat clean food

Wash your unpacked edible items such as fruits and vegetables very well. If you want, you can keep those in sunlight to deactivate any possible coronavirus on its surface.
But with all due respect, don't was your edible items with detergents and bleach. Nor using fruit wash is suggested as washing off those chemicals also need excessive washing which on itself is good enough to remove the coronavirus.  

Coronavirus Pandemic: Please Don't Do These Things

1. Talking loud or shouting in face mask

When we talk, water droplets come out of our mouth. When we talk loudly, more droplets come out and they travel farther. So, it reduces the effectiveness of wearing a mask. 


2. Gathering/partying

That's a big No. I believe these gatherings are the real reasons behind such a large crisis. Be it religious places, marriage ceremonies or small family occasions like birthday parties. If people are coming from different homes, it's risky. Be those your friends, your relatives or your co-workers.

I'll give you an example of this. Back in May end, a family celebrated a birthday in my city. Just gathering of 15-20 people, all cousins and siblings in a home, and obviously, no face covered. Within a few days of the party, 45 people of those families were infected with novel coronavirus and 5 were dead till the last reporting. It was just a small birthday party that killed at least 5 and infected we don't know how many more.

3. Long pants

Long pants that go below shoes are fashion in many countries, especially in youth. But don't you think you are collecting all the contamination on the road while walking. Novel coronavirus being stable on surfaces for days can walk with your pants and reach your home surface. So keep your long jeans folded, please.

4. Spitting in open

The main source of coronavirus coming out of an infected person to infect others is from liquid coming from nose and mouth. If an infected person spits in open, the coronavirus will remain and spread on the floor and can walk with footwears. So please don't spin in open. 

5. Social distancing

There is a difference between physical distancing and social distancing. Physical distancing is when people have to maintain 6 feet distance. But please don't let it become a distance between hearts. Keep in regular touch with your near and dear ones, your friends, your neighbours by social media platforms, by call or video calls. 

Many of the people develop depression, anxiety or frustration while living in such as small groups. the fear of coronavirus is making it more severe. Be a shoulder for them.

If you are one such person, get in regular touch with your close friends and family. Do your favourite hobby. Anything that makes you happy. If it still persists, there is no harm in contacting a consultant.

6. Public toilets

Many reports state that coronavirus also comes in stool and urine. So it's always advisable to avoid using public toilets.

7. Touching random things outside

Touch is a great sense of mankind. We love to touch many things such as soft cloths, flowers etc. while walking by. Holding railings on stairs or touching cool bikes or cars. That's' not safe anymore during COVID-19 pandemic. So please don't.

8. Touching your face

Do you know, on an average, we unconsciously touch our face about 20-25 times every hour? We just don't realise it as our attention is usually on other stuff.
Touching face (eyes, nose or mouth) even accidentally after touching an outside material that is not clean can get you infected with coronavirus, and you will think you did not do anything. So keep an eye on your hand.

9. Restaurants and bars:

Do I need to emphasize that you can not eat or drink with your mask on? Additionally, nobody knows if the cook was infected. If you expect cooks to maintain wearing make in close hot kitchens which is the case for most of the restaurants, you should know, many of them still don't even at some very famous food outlets.

10. Cash exchange

Some people believe they got infected by the currency. So the best practices are:
a. Either use an online transaction.
b. Use cards card that you can wipe with sanitizer after use.
c. Deposit advance in a next-door retail store. They can deduce money from that every time you buy something.
d. If you touch currency, wipe hands after touching it. 

11. Avoid using public transport

You never know who else is travelling on the bus or train. So avoid it. Still, if you have to, follow these precautions.

That's all for now guys. I know the list is long, but the severity of COVID-19 is dangerous and the modes of transmission of coronavirus are also very diverse. So that leads to a long list.

Please save yourself as long as we don't find any treatment or vaccine.

Stay cautious, stay strong, stay safe.

Share the information with your loved ones and help them stay safe.

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