The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has now affected 46 countries. As of today (02/26/2020) there have been 81,294 cases and 2,770 deaths. There are many types of human coronaviruses, but COVID-19 is a new disease, referred to as “novel coronavirus” as it has not been previously seen in humans.
It is said that this disease has originated from animals and then spread to humans. Since there is yet to be a cure for this rapidly spreading disease, it is very important to stay aware and take care of yourself.
Wash Your hands
Just like with the common cold or other viruses, it is important to wash your hands often to protect yourself from accidentally catching the virus around you. In many cases, the Coronavirus is transferred by simply shaking hands, bumping fists (if you do that sorta thing) or touching common objects like door handles, poles on the subway, etc.
Try to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds throughout the course of the day, if not on an hourly basis, especially after touching your face or being in contact with others during the workday.
Much about this virus is still unknown, including how dangerous it is and how easily and rapidly it spreads among people. All we really know is that it takes 14 days for signs to show in the first place, so you have to be extra cautious even if you think you don’t have it.
Avoid Crowded Places
The Coronavirus can easily spread from one person to another through droplets of bodily fluids, such as mucus or saliva. While that sounds like it’s impossible for you to catch, it’s not that hard. When people around you cough or sneeze, the bacteria can travel several feet away and stay suspended in the air for as long as ten minutes.
The most common way in which this virus has been spreading is through public transport where droplets of bodily fluids containing the coronavirus are being passed between passengers living on surfaces like armrests, door handles, seat belts, etc. In addition, malls, restaurants, movie theaters, and other common areas increase the chance of you catching the virus.
When you meet new people or even people at the office, avoid shaking hands, bumping fists, giving hugs, etc. With the current state of the virus, no one is going to be offended by your restraint to shake their hand.
Don’t Share Food/Drinks
For the same reason that you don’t want to be in crowded or common areas, it’s important to not try a bite or take a waterfall of other people’s food or drinks! Because the Coronavirus can easily spread through bodily fluids, an obvious protection method is to avoid contact with where other people may have placed their body fluids (in this case their saliva).
Remember, it is unknown who carries the virus for 14 days, so assume people may have it, and keep yourself protected.
Overall, it is important to be very cautious of your surroundings and most importantly, put yourself first! Wash your hands often, avoid crowded areas, and keep your food and drinks to yourself, at the very least until this virus has run its course. Keep a lookout for more articles on The Get Well for more tips and tricks, not only cronavirus related but for your day to day activities.