News headlines, Facebook updates, tweets, and Whatsapp statuses recently hit the news of the outbreak of Coronavirus. I’m even convinced this wouldn’t be your first time hearing the word “Coronavirus.” The outbreak of this deadly virus has resulted in the mixing of facts with rumors regarding what exactly this virus is and how to stay safe. How did we know this?
A recent news headline read: “Coronavirus misinformation is spreading faster than the outbreak.” With the outspread of the misinformation, intelligent folks are keen to understand the truth about this pandemic and, more importantly, how to stay free and healthy.
The aim of this article isn’t to explicitly discuss Coronavirus, its objective is to analyze five significant ways to protect yourself from this deadly plague. But before we start, a brief understanding of this virus is essential. Thus, let’s check on:
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that cause various illnesses ranging from cold to serious diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The recent outbreak is a new strain known as Novel Coronavirus (nCoV).
Now that you’ve gotten a sneak preview into what Coronavirus is, let’s head back to the main aim of this piece. Below, you will be reading ways of contracting this virus and practical tips to stay free under each category. This article will also include carefully researched facts about Coronavirus. So, here we go! But wait, have you fastened your seat belt? Safety first!
Note: Not much research work has been done by scientists on the transmission of human Coronavirus from one person to another. This article is based on the currently limited available data on the virus.
CORONAVIRUS: 5 Tips on How to Stay Safe
1. Air Contact
When an infected person sneezes or coughs without covering his or her mouth, the air becomes contaminated with the virus. It can be transmitted to an uninfected person who comes in contact with it.
Tips on How to Avoid Air Contact:
- Cover your mouth and nose when somebody sneezes beside you.
- Avoid staying in overcrowded places for now.
- Stand at least 1.5 meters ( 5 feet) away from people who are coughing, sneezing, or have a fever.
- If you sneeze or cough, be kind to stand up from people and cover your mouth.
2. Person to Person Contact
A possible means of contracting the virus is by touching and shaking hands with an infected person.
Tips on How to Avoid Person to Person Contact:
- Avoid close contact with infected persons
- Since you might not always know who is infected or not, you may want to adopt waving as a form of greeting for now. That’s funny, but that’s really practical
- Wash hands frequently with either soap and water or alcohol-based disinfectant solutions
- Restrain from visiting places with reported cases of the virus.
- Stay informed on the current development of Coronavirus via official channels in your Country
3. Object Contact
Contact with a contaminated object or surface may also transmit the virus to an uninfected person, especially by touching your nose, eyes, or mouth after touching a contaminated surface.
Tips on How to Avoid Object Contact:
- Wash hands after touching public objects or surfaces.
- Before use, always Clean public tables and chairs with a napkin
- Always walk with a tissue paper so you can clean objects with it.
- Dispose used tissue paper immediately and appropriately.
4. Fecal Contamination
Although this occurs only in rare cases, there is a possibility of contacting Coronavirus via contact with feces.
Tips on How to Avoid Fecal Contamination:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the toilet.
- Be selective when it comes to using public toilets.
5. Animal Contact
Being zoonotic, coronaviruses can spread through contact with an infected animal, dead or alive.
Tips on How to Avoid Animal Contact:
- Please avoid contact with animals and their waste products.
- If the above tip does not seem possible to you, ensure to wash hands with soap and water after any contact with animals.
- If possible, limit how often you visit animal markets.
- Cook meats and eggs thoroughly.
- Avoid consuming sick animals and those who died of diseases.
Were these tips entirely new to you? In all sincerity, some of them might not be new to you. So what point am I making? Practicing personal hygiene is the first and reliable way to stay safe from any deadly virus. Then, as you add to your knowledge and improve it, you will be glad to understand specific caution to take with a particular issue virus. But we aren’t done yet.
How can you check if you have been infected with Coronavirus? There is one simple test I will reveal below. Moreover, have you traveled abroad or you are planning to? Read on tips on how to stay safe from Coronavirus. These two parts will really interest you!
Essential Tips on How to Know if You Have been infected with Coronavirus
Either Coronavirus in US or Coronavirus in Nigeria, Coronavirus symptoms are the same everywhere! Since you’ve read about the tips on how to protect yourself from Coronavirus, these points below are quick Coronavirus symptoms you should watch out for. You don’t have to wait until the symptoms are severe! Why?
The new Coronavirus might not show up for many days; in fact, the latest information has shown that the incubation period is 28 days. After that, a person starts to experience the coronavirus symptoms or COVID 19. Sadly, the moment a person has a fever or cough, the lungs, at this time, would have been 50% Fibrosis, and at this stage, it’s fatal.
These tips provided by Taiwan Experts would help you identify Coronavirus in its early stage. Note that it doesn’t matter whether it is Coronavirus in US or Coronavirus in Nigeria. Wherever you are in the world, you can practice these tips.
Coronavirus Symptoms Simple Check: Tips on How to Know Your Status
1. Take a deep breath
2. Hold it (your breath) for 10-15 seconds
3. If you can complete it without any discomfort, tightness, stiffness, and coughing, then you have not been infected.
Note: The fact that there is no obstruction certainly proves that you have no fibrosis in the lungs. You can always repeat this process daily in an environment that has clean air.
Other Additional Tips on How to Prevent Yourself from COVID-19 or Coronavirus
- Always keep your throat and mouth moist
- Always drink water every 15 – 30 minutes
Coronavirus: Tips on What to do If you are heading abroad on Holiday?
There are so many questions about Coronavirus in China, Coronavirus in US, Coronavirus in Nigeria, and Coronavirus in other parts of the world. This has led many to raise concerns about what they can do if their flight is canceled or if where they are heading is suffering an outbreak of COVID-19. Well, this subheading is presented to answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding Holiday even in the event of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Currently, Coronavirus cases are being confirmed in Italy, United States, Spain, and some other countries. The widespread of this virus has created a lot of anxiety about Holidays. Are you planning on traveling too, then this subheading is for you!
I wouldn’t fail to mention that everyone should keep close attention to the latest advice that the Foreign Office Websites are dishing out. That’s precisely where all leisure and travel firms get their guidance from.
The following are Tips for Travelers:
- Book flight with trustworthy and established companies.
- You can also book with businesses that offer a reasonable degree of protection.
- Get travel insurance
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office rolls out updates on travel advice for various countries every day, so don’t neglect to check them. Just like they did in the case of China, whenever a situation in a country deteriorates, there will be a change in advice by this firm.
Tips to Avoid Contracting COVID-19 if You are on Holiday:
- Seek the advice health authorities are giving to local people and apply it.
- Confirm if the FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office has any update.
- If you get quarantined after returning to your country, stay-at-home, and self isolate yourself to avoid the outbreak of COVID-19.
Are You 65-year-old or Older, and You Want to Travel?
Even though the vast array of those diagnosed with COVID-19, that is the disease caused by Coronavirus have been older folks, there is no direct advice from the Foreign Office and Public Health England on this matter. But here is a tip for you.
- Schedule your trip until Coronavirus subsides
What Can You do if the Region You’ve booked a Holiday Becomes Affected by Coronavirus?
- If the FCO changes its advice regarding your destinations before the trip, specifically emphasizing that you shouldn’t travel, your travel company must speak with you outlining options available.
- If only some specific parts are affected, you would be presented with an alternative. But you’re not under obligation to obtain a full refund.
- If there will still be some time, tour operators would wait before offering refunds.
- If the Foreign Office does not advise against travel, do not expect compensation if you decide not to go.
Claiming Your Insurance
Your insurance policy will decide if you will be able to claim insurance. How to go about that:
- Find a policy that will cover you in a situation where you think will likely happen.
- Contact your tour operator or accommodation provider immediately you notice a change in the situation.
Note: Travel insurance differs; however, travel disruption cover or cancellation cover is linked to the advice from FCO. Whatever the case may be, the travel providers or the airlines must be the initial port of call to claim refunds.
Tip on How to Address Canceled Flight Due to Coronavirus
The way a cancelation for extreme weather would be treated, the same way flight cancellations due to Coronavirus will be processed and handled.
What Should I Know About Booking a Cruise in a Coronavirus infected Area?
It was reported that aboard the Diamond Princess Ship, within two-week duration, 690 individuals were tested positive for COVID-19 out of a total of 3,700 onboard. Further research from scientists has even proven that that ship could be an incubator for the virus.
According to the cruise ship company, they said caution had been taken to prevent other cruises from becoming infected. It is interesting to note that the Cruise Lines International Association has said that, in conjunction with cruise lines, regulators and medical experts around the world will pay closer attention to new information regarding the Coronavirus, and policies will be modified accordingly with the primary concern for passengers and crew’s health.
It should be noted, though, that the cruise industry is one of the most experienced and equipped when it comes to monitoring and managing health concerns of those on board. They have response measures and outbreak prevention. That’s one of the reasons why with its strict rules, the CLIA and its members do not find the idea of restricting ship movements justifiable.
Will it be Fine to stay in the UK?
Do you want to change your holiday plan because of Coronavirus in US? Well, it is still very uncertain whether booking a holiday in the UK instead of traveling abroad will be safer. Some schools have been closed in the UK where Coronavirus has been suspected.
UK authorities have stressed that it will be very early to ascertain that Coronavirus has impacts on bookings in the UK, but they have admitted that it could have. Conclusively, no one can confidently predict what will be the aftermath of this terrible epidemic, however, if you are booking a holiday and you have concerns about Coronavirus abroad, you will be glad to ponder on these tips on Coronavirus and make an informed decision.
Facts About Coronavirus
While this section might not cover up all the existing facts about Coronavirus, this part, carefully researched, will be highlighting the most essential and vital ones that everyone needs to learn and read about.
1. Coronaviruses are zoonotic; that is, they can be transmitted between humans and animals. Transmission is also possible between humans.
2. The Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) exhibits symptoms that vary from person to person.
3. The virus may not show symptoms until after two to fourteen days of contact.
4. There is no currently available vaccine for nCoV, although there are now means for early detection and treatment at an early stage.
5. Vaccines against influenza, pneumonia, or flu do not protect against the recent nCoV.
6. There are no indications of garlic helping to fight the virus.
7. Novel Coronavirus alone has infected above 17,000 people worldwide.
8. The use of facemasks by infected ones can help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, it is also recommended for use by health workers or others in charge of infected patients.
9. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing.
10. The virus is currently in Nigeria.
With so much going on in our lives, getting infected with a pandemic with currently no cure would be such a terrible occurrence. Kindly apply the practical tips above as they would go a long way in helping you keep free from this deadly plague! And of course, do well to share with others if you find them helpful. Stay healthy and positively impact lives, not injure them.