An interesting fact about the coronavirus is that it causes severe symptoms only in some people, while others may have mild or moderate symptoms. This means you can spread the coronavirus to other people even if you don’t show any signs of infection. Here are ten tips for preventing the spread of coronavirus to ourselves and to others.
Wash your hands frequently and carefully
Use warm water and soap to wash your hands thoroughly for at least twenty seconds several times a day. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if available. Make sure to clean between your fingers, your wrists, and under your fingernails.
Always wear a mask when you are out in public
Masks can prevent undiagnosed people from transmitting coronavirus to other people when they talk, breathe, sneeze, or cough. Always wash your hands before putting on the mask, and avoid touching the front side of the mask with your hands while wearing it.
Avoid touching your face
Studies show that coronavirus can stay alive on various surfaces for up to 72 hours. This means you can catch it by touching a doorknob, a gas pump handle, or even your cell phone and then touching any part of your face, including your nose, mouth, and eyes with contaminated hands.
Stop hugging and shaking hands with people
Avoid being in contact with other people as skin to skin contact can transmit coronavirus from one person to another. So don’t shake hands or hug your loved ones.
Don't share personal things
Remember not to share personal items like phones, combs, or makeup. Also, avoid sharing straws and eating utensils.
Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
Remember, the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 is generally high in your mouth and nose. So the chances of the virus spread through air droplets to other people when you cough or sneeze is very high. Use a tissue or cover your face with your elbow when you sneeze or cough. Also, wash your hands thoroughly after you cough or sneeze.
You can use alcohol-based disinfectants to clean hard surfaces such as door handles, countertops, furniture, and toys. Also, clean your laptop, phone, and anything else you use many times a day.
Take social distancing seriously
Be aware that even if you do not show any coronavirus infection symptoms, you can have it in high amounts in your sputum. So take social distancing seriously and stay at home if possible. If you have to go out, keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
Avoid social gatherings
Being in a group increases your probability of being in close contact with other people. So avoid all religious places, parks, malls, and beaches where you can't practice social distancing.
If you feel sick, self-quarantine
If you feel sick or show any symptoms of the virus infection, call your doctor immediately and don't go outside until you recover. While at home, make sure to avoid sleeping, sitting, or eating with your loved ones to protect them from the virus.
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