How To Protect Yourself from Viruses like Wuhan CoronaVirus or 2019-nCoV?
iSavta | 06.02.2020
It was all over the internet in a span of days and people started panicking. Fake news is everywhere, people blaming the government of their country for lack of precaution and doing nothing, Chinese nationals were discriminated against, people started to become paranoid and there was even a discussion about how to properly use a mask and does it even help?
But, if this virus can spread from person to person through direct contact, how can one individual protect himself from contracting the disease? Is there a medicine that would work to cure this virus? Are you 100% safe if you’re wearing a mask?
Before we begin to think of ways to protect ourselves, we must know the signs and symptoms associated with this disease. Although reports from reliable sources say that some infected are asymptomatic (meaning the patient has no signs or symptoms), it is still important to know what happens to your body once you have the disease.
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
Some patients are reported to have diarrhea, stomach ache and vomiting. The most severe cases have caused pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. Some infected people have few to no symptoms at all. The symptoms would last between 2 to 14 days.
The signs and symptoms are similar to that of the regular flu. That’s the reason why people are getting paranoid especially if they are from places that have been reported with cases of the deadly Wuhan CoronaVirus. This is also one of the reasons why the World Health Organization has what they call PUI or Person Under Investigation. These people are suspected to be infected, quarantined but eventually released when their test came out negative.
So far, no vaccine has been developed for Wuhan CoronaVirus. Late last month, the Health Department all over the world began to collaborate on the development of the vaccine. In the meantime, the government is relying on its people to do their part to at least minimize the spread of the disease. Flights have been restricted in all parts of the world particularly flights from China and some other infected cities and countries.
Nobody can assure you that you will be protected 100% from Novel CoronaVirus because it is already in 25 countries at the moment. It’s obviously difficult to trace everyone especially those who are not showing any signs or symptoms. But this is not a valid reason to panic and disrupt your day to day activity. What you can do is to take precaution and do the following:
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from Acute Respiratory Infections.
- Frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your unwashed hands.
- Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- If you are coughing or sneezing, practice cough etiquette. Maintain a distance from other people, cover cough and sneezes with disposable tissue or clothing, and wash hands. Wear a mask all the time.
- Boost your immune system by eating healthy, have enough sleep and drink plenty of fluids.
- If you have a history of traveling to China or countries with a positive case of 2019-nCoV and you develop a symptom, submit yourself to the nearest health care facility in your area.
- Wear a mask as needed.
Why as needed? WHO do not highly suggest wearing a mask if you don’t have any symptoms of flu. The mask is essentially to protect other people from you if you have flu symptoms. It’s not really for protecting yourself from infected people. Handwashing and avoiding crowded places are the best practices that you can do during the outbreak.
Logic suggests that a mask can be an added protection against viruses so it’s good to have but not necessary if you are not sick, according to health experts. A surgical 3-layer mask is the usual mask that people use and there’s no other way to use it but colored side OUT and white side IN. People should dispose of their used masks properly to avoid contamination.
Caregivers who are taking care of patients 24/7 are most likely with low immunity because of lack of sleep and proper diet. You must take extra precaution and take care of yourself. Remember, Wuhan Coronavirus of 2019-nCoV is NOT the only deadly disease in this world. There are other contagious diseases that are far more dangerous than this virus. Our only way to protect ourselves is to be conscious of our surroundings all the time, verify everything that you read on the internet, do not spread unverified news on social media, practice good hygiene, eat healthy, exercise and minimize stress.
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