We talked about the coronavirus recently and some of the symptoms that come with it. I’ve also heard stories of people becoming more hostile towards others who show signs of sickness such as yelling at people who cough (which, to be fair, is gross in general when people don’t cover their mouth). It’s a little crazy, especially with how inconsiderate others can be. So how do we ensure we don’t catch the virus? It’s actually the same standards as preventing other sicknesses from reaching you.
- Wash your hands often. That means soap and water to prevent contaminating yourself or others.
- Cover your mouth. This is the one that freaks people out the most. If you have to cough or sneeze, be considerate of others and cover your mouth. A tissue you can immediately get rid of is best, but elbows work if there are no tissues around. Hands are also okay, but only if you wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- Keep away from others. This one sounds a little anti-social, but if someone is sick you don’t want to be within their immediate proximity. You don’t want to breathe in the virus if they start coughing and sneezing.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s where the virus enters the body! If you don’t need to touch them, don’t.
Just as we mentioned last time, if you’ve got a fever, cough, and find it hard to breathe, call your doctor immediately about going in for a checkup—especially if you or someone you’ve been in contact with has recently been to China. You should give your doctor’s a heads up incase they have already-ill and sensitive patients. If you’re clear of the virus but still feeling sick, it’s probably best for everyone’s peace of mind if you stay home. Everyone is a little on edge and I’m sure whoever you were going to meet will understand.
Info: World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public