With more rampant cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, it is relevant to be reminded of constant hygiene habits and practices. Whether you’re in the car or at home, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing, at least for a couple of weeks.
This article explains about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and steps to take to prevent from getting the dreaded virus.
Following the World Health Organization’s declaration of the pandemic, people around the globe started to take it a little more seriously. It all originated from a China-man in Wuhan.
The Covid-19 is currently spreading and the condition is worsening in the U.S., Europe and China. In Malaysia, there have been nearly 550 cases, with one casualty reported yesterday. The Malaysian Government then acted swiftly to declare Restricted Movement Control for citizens effective today until the end of March. This move might be a drastic measure, but it is the best way to prevent and avoid being exposed to the virus. Remember folks, there is no vaccine for Covid-19 at the moment!
How does the Covid-19 spread? The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Everyone probably heard of steps to take preventive measures against the virus. Do take these preventive measures seriously and follow them to the good of all well-being:
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very ill.
Stay home if you’re sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle). If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily with household bleaches or alcohol solutions . This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them by using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.