Dr. Jensen Walsh / 2021-10-03 08:19:19 / 0 Comments

Health and Safety Protocols To Avoid COVID-19

It's a known fact that washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from getting sick. The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented and enormous challenges around the world in a very short period of time. People have been scrambling to buy items, go into lockdown, and cancel some of the biggest events. That being said, the virus has been impacting a variety of areas in your day-to-day life, and it may help to review some of these important precautions below.

1. Always make sure that your hands are clean and sanitized well 

It's an age-old lesson that children all over the world are taught from a young age: wash your hands. To get this to work, make sure to keep the faucet running for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (this is roughly the length of time it takes to sing a "Happy Birthday" song or spell “ABC”) while ensuring that you scrub all surfaces.

Some viruses are hard to get rid of due to their protective fat and protein "wall." Positively charged water beads on the surface of the virus while negatively charged soap molecules penetrate this wall, breaking it down. Once it is broken, the virus struggles to survive. If you want to prevent the spread of bacteria, it's essential that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. To stay safe from germs, make sure to wash your hands properly. Clean your palms, in-between fingers and under nails on a regular basis!

Wash your hands

You can use different soap to remove the coronavirus, but if you prefer, feel free to use antibacterial soap. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, please wash your hands as soon as possible to prevent the spread of germs.

You should know that alcohol-based hand lotion works, but only if it contains at least 60% alcohol. Cleaning your hands is important because it reduces the risk of getting sick. So, make sure you always take a moment to sanitize your hands, even if the task only lasted for 5 minutes. 

2. Always practice social distancing and refrain from going out of your home

We're still figuring out what this virus does and how it spreads, but there are some things that we know, like how contagious it is. Knowing how to avoid crowds and avoid catching the contagious Covid-19 virus starts with understanding how the spread occurs. Many scientists believe that sneezing or coughing can transmit this virus. These droplets are often all over anything you touch. That's why it's important to regularly wash and sanitize your hands. 

Social distancing

It can be spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing, leading to droplets that may land on someone's face. These droplets can then enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of the other person. Therefore, it is important to practice social distancing most especially from someone who coughs and sneezes. It's essential to provide masks for everyone, most especially to sick people and frontline workers, who will need them the most. If you're healthy, it's not necessary to wear a mask unless you're in a crowded place.

The World Health Organization has made it very clear that social distancing is mandatory:

"Physical distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19 – this means we keep a distance of at least 1m from each other and avoid spending time in crowded places or in groups."

Although distancing yourself from people you are close to may not be easy, try to remember that this will help prevent the disease from spreading any further. When you stay home, you're also saving lives.

3. Sanitize the surfaces all the time

The virus is so contagious, you need to disinfect commonly touched surfaces like door knobs and cell phones. You can use most disinfectants, but it is advisable to use 70% alcohol solutions or  diluting bleach and water.  

Sanitize surfaces

4. Stay calm

At this time, it’s not just about physical safety - the importance of safeguarding one's mental health should not be underestimated. It is significant to understand that we rely on everyone with the potential to be a carrier, without them even knowing it. 

Staying calm during the pandemic

One way that anxiety may manifest during a pandemic is by psychosomatic illnesses, such as panic attacks and tension headaches. Remember that there are various symptoms that can happen during panic attacks or bouts of anxiety such as shortness of breath, cold and hot flashes, stomach upset, blurred or tunnel vision.

As per Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist:

"With COVID-19, we’ve made it to the life raft. Dry land is far away."

5. Stay fit and always eat healthy food

In order to maintain a healthy immune system, it's important to eat a diet that includes eating food that has health benefits such as vegetables, protein and fruits. One option is to take tablets that contains Vitamin C. Get enough sleep, get plenty of water, have regular exercise sessions like using a spin bike or meditating.

It can also help if you stay active and keep up your mood by making time for activities that interest you. Just remember to rest when you need to and once in awhile, take a break by coughing but with caution!