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Precautions to prevent COVID-19 spread and infection

Emeh Joy
By Emeh Joy

Basic Medical Scientist, Freelance Health Writer, Lifestyle Blogger and Business Enthusiast

Steps to prevent infection and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You should know that being infected with Coronavirus is not a death sentence. People do recover from it however, while some people present with mild symptoms, some others present with much severe symptoms.

Here are ways you can take care of your health and the health of others:

1. Wash your hands regularly

Most people don't understand the need for washing hands but this simple process is vital in preventing the spread of infection. This is because washing the hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand rub kills virus which may be on your hands.

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2. Practice social distancing

You should maintain some distance (at least 3 feet away) from someone who is sneezing or coughing. This is because liquid droplets from the respiratory tracts of someone that is infected with the virus would very much likely contain the virus and if you breathe in the droplet, you would get infected as well.


3. Practice respiratory hygiene

Ensure that you and your household or the people around you practice good respiratory hygiene. Ensure that when you want to cough you use a disposable tissue or you cough into your bent elbow. Ensure that you dispose the tissue immediately after use.

practice respiratory hygiene

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

It is quite easy for your hands to pick up viruses as they touch many surfaces. If your hands get contaminated, they can easily transfer the virus to your nose, mouth or eyes which are majorly the entry route of the virus into the body. Thus, you should avoid putting your hands into your mouth or touching your eyes and nose until you have them properly washed.

5. Seek medical care as soon as you notice abnormalities

If you notice any serious change in things like your body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, it is safer to stay at home and then call for medical care. Follow the protocols as indicated by your local health authority. In this way, the infected avoids spreading the infection further to the uninfected.

Stay updated about coronavirus news

Keep up to date and stay informed on the latest developments about the COVID-19. Listen to your national health authority, local health authority as well as your healthcare provider as they are in a better position to give you the most up to date information on how to protect yourself and others from this deadly virus.