By: Nayab Khan
Bio: Coronavirus has taken a toll on the world and we must stay informed on all situations and beat this by staying calm and approaching the virus with all resources
The Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise and is bringing about many concerns.
If you stay well informed, you will be okay, and you don’t need to stress about it. You need to stay informed and follow basic instructions.
Coronavirus has 145,384 cases; 5,416 deaths and 70,936 people have recovered from it.
Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. Several cases, in humans, the coronaviruses have been known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
While WHO is still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop severe illness more often than others.
If people keep on continuing to overstress about the situations, they can likely get high blood pressure and diabetes from stressing and then be highly likely to get coronavirus, so let us all calm down a little and look at the facts.
More people have died from stress then coronavirus, this is a troubling situation. Again, read the WHO website for any concerns you have to stay informed on what precautions you should take and not be over purchasing obscure items that are unnecessary to help you with Corona.
When I mention obscure items, I mean to say STOP buying carts full of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, first of all, it’s unfair to those who don’t have these items, and it’s best to wash your hands than to only use hand sanitizer when you are out in public settings.
WHO has instructed to regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
The best advice anyone can give you on the coronavirus is to stay informed on travel bans and which country has the highest number of cases and what symptoms to keep an eye-out-for.
Try not to blame the government for canceling significant events and putting up a travel ban. Remember that once the problem is solved, they will resume such activities and traveling.
Many of these events that have been canceled or postponed, such as Coachella, Stampede, and big gatherings of any sort happen every year if you don’t go this year you can try next year, they are just trying to keep it contained and help the people.
If you wish to travel and your country still hasn’t closed the border or put a temporary travel ban yet, then take travel precautions that WHO and your government have listed on their websites.
The best way to prevent it from spreading is to leave the house as little as possible, especially if you have a low-grade fever, headache, runny nose.
You may leave the house if you are in the best possible health but still take precautions and wash your dirty hands to prevent any illness.
Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. A disposable face mask should be worn only once and then disposed of. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is sick, then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.
WHO advises the rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources and misuse of masks (see advice on the use of masks).
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information.
Your best defense against Covid 19 is to stay informed, stay home, have clean hands, and to stay calm.
People we will get through this together, and by listening to our governments and World Health Organization, we will beat coronavirus to keep calm and stay healthy.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. Meaning covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from illnesses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Why? 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 direct you to the right health facility quickly. Also, protecting you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid travelling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
- Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
Sidebar 2: Mask instruction use and disposable
- Remember, a mask should be used only by health workers, caretakers, and individuals with respiratory symptoms, such as fever and cough.
- Before touching the mask, clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes.
- Distinguish what side is the top side (where the metal strip is) of the mask.
- Ensure the proper side of the mask faces outwards (the coloured side).
- Place the mask on your face. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask, so it moulds to the shape of your nose.
- Pull down the mask’s bottom, so it covers your mouth and your chin.
- After use, take off the mask; remove the elastic loops from behind the ears while keeping the mask away from your face and clothes, to avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces of the mask.
- Discard the mask in a closed bin immediately after use.
- Perform hand hygiene after touching or discarding the mask – Use alcohol-based hand rub or, if visibly soiled, wash your hands with soap and water.
DIY Face Mask Tips
- Wash your hands! You’ve probably heard these three words a million times over the past couple of months, but they’re important. Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before putting on your mask.
- Don’t touch your face. Masks are great because they help remind you not to touch your face while you’re out. But that also means you shouldn’t be fidgeting with the mask or taking it on and off while you’re in public.
- Wash your mask. When you get home, you should wash your mask before wearing it again. For the masks included in this guide, you can wash them by putting them through the washer with warm water.
- Use layers. The most effective masks are the ones with more than one layer of fabric. While I included some simple mask tutorials, it’s always better to use one of the multi-layered masks if possible.
- Make sure you can breathe. While it is important to have many layers, you also don’t want so many layers that breathing becomes difficult. Hold the fabric against your face before making the mask to make sure you can breathe.
- Don’t use it on young children. If you have children two or under, they shouldn’t wear masks since it might cause breathing difficulty. It’s best to leave your children at home when you go out if you can.
Check out Happy DIY Masks on how to make affordable masks with items in your own home.
Hi, my name is Nayab Khan I like to write about the City of Calgary and problems facing the world.