The Best Ways To Protect Against COVID-19 And The Variants Associated With It.
The COVID-19 pandemic came seemingly out of nowhere, leaving millions of people worried and panicked about their health and safety.
Although the COVID virus is novel, and not as well researched as other viruses such as influenza (known as the common cold or the ‘flu’), the precautionary steps are quite similar to those we need to vigilantly take with any virus.
Here are some easy steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting COVID-19 (or other illnesses):
Wash Your Hands
An obvious precaution to prevent infection or spreading of any disease is to regularly wash your hands. Ideally, you should wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and warm water every time. This ensures that as many of the covid viral particles are killed in the process, thereby reducing the risk of spreading the disease to other people or onto surfaces that you touch.
This is particularly important just before you eat, after you have coughed or sneezed, when you get home, or when you arrive at your workplace.
Use Hand Sanitizer
When washing your hands is not possible, hand sanitizer should be used to kill viral particles. This can be carried around with you when you leave the house, to easily ensure your hands can stay as clean as possible.
Socially Distance Yourself
To protect yourself from catching covid, and to slow down the spread of the disease, it is essential to follow social distancing guidelines. COVID-19 spreads most easily from person to person. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you may still be carrying the virus, and can still spread it to others. For this reason, social distancing rules should be used at all times, especially when you are around unvaccinated individuals.
The recommended distance to keep between you and those who are not in your household or bubble is 6 feet. This currently applies to both indoor and outdoor situations.
The government is constantly assessing the risk of the population with regards to catching COVID, and they issue any necessary updates to the public regularly. Be sure to stay up to date with any government announcements regarding the social distancing rules.
Self-isolate When Necessary
The next precaution is in place to protect those around you. If you are diagnosed as COVID positive, self-isolation is 100% necessary until you have recovered. If you experience symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate for seven days. You can return to work if you improve after this time.
Common COVID-19 symptoms include a high temperature and a dry cough.
Wear A Mask or Other Appropriate Face Coverings Around Others
When in a space where it is difficult to socially distance, wearing a mask is an essential way to protect yourself and others. Masks help to prevent viruses from spreading from person to person. While there are many different choices available today, the most important criteria is to keep your nose and mouth covered with no side access or openings. For this reason, a mask is always your best choice.
Do Not Cough or Sneeze Near Others
This precaution should be taken regardless of the pandemic. It’s always been good etiquette to avoid coughing or sneezing close by to other people, and this is particularly important during the pandemic.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and if possible, move away from others beforehand. Wash your hands thoroughly after coughing or sneezing to ensure any viral particles are removed from your hands. This will stop you from spreading illnesses to other people or objects that you touch afterwards.
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