5 Safety tips from COVID 19

Updated: May 1, 2020

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. COVID 19 have most common symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and even death. The period within which the symptoms would appear is 2-14 days. Here are 5 safety tips you need to follow for keep away yourself from COVID 19 1.Medical Care Early - If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek and you’re not feeling well. Take medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections. Stacy aways from your other family members and friends 2- 14 days until your COVID 19 result does not come. 2.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. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands 3.Wear a facemask and hand gloves - If you are sick: You should wear a facemask and hand gloves when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask and hand gloves (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs & sneezes and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask and hand gloves if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick. If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask and gloves 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. Also, if you are outside(example, market, stores and public place) you must have to wear hand gloves and mask 4.Clean and disinfect household surfaces - You have to clean and disinfect household surfaces daily and high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day. High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Follow CDC guidance. 5.Stay home - Stay at home if you can and avoid any non-essential travel. Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. WHO IS AT A HIGHER RISK? According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older adults and people of any age who: Have serious underlying medical conditions, such as heart, lung or liver disease, diabetes, moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and renal failure. Have a weakened immune system, including those undergoing cancer treatment. People who are pregnant should also be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, it is critical for you to take actions to avoid getting sick. IF YOU ARE SICK According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and a cough. Keep track of your symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure, and call to seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen, such as difficulty breathing. Mild Illness Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you are sick: Stay home and call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions should call a health care provider as soon as symptoms start. Separate yourself from other people in your home. On your own, clean and disinfect all surfaces daily and high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the day in your sick room and designated bathroom. Have a healthy household member do the same for surfaces in other parts of the home. Wear a facemask if you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a health care provider’s office. Emergency Warning Signs If your symptoms become severe, call to get medical attention immediately. Warning signs include: Trouble breathing Persistent pain or pressure in the chest New confusion or inability to arouse Bluish lips or face This list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Review CDC guidance for more information.CDC guidance.


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