The global pandemic has affected countries worldwide, causing millions of deaths. Reports have been made that the extreme of ages is most affected by the disease. Also, people with other comorbidities such as diabetes, cancer, those on immune-suppressive drugs, and others are mostly at risk.
That said, it is essential to care for yourself and others to curb the disease’s spread. Wearing face masks alone will not help prevent the disease; you must complement it with other measures. Here are some of the safety precautions you should take;
Wear a Facemask
The WHO recommends that anyone going to a public place should wear a facemask, triggering the shortage of surgical and N95 masks. Consequently, conmen have become creative and are now selling counterfeit facemasks, which are ineffective.
As a result, people are now opting for custom face masks, made either at home or ordered from a trusted site. The good thing with a custom made mask is that you can design it to your liking. Also, it helps cut on overall costs of purchasing a new facemask since most are reusable.
Always ensure that your mask is the perfect fit, i.e., it adequately covers your nose and mouth without leaving any spaces. Most importantly, watch out for any signs of breathlessness while using your mask like this can put your life in danger. Additionally, when taking off your mask, use the ear straps, then dispose appropriately or recycle as required. Ensure you do not touch the inside of the facemask.
While in public places, ensure you keep a distance of at least six feet apart from the other person. Remember that having your mask only is not a guarantee that you are safe from contracting. Social distancing is also essential. If possible, avoid all social gatherings and connect with family and friends through social media.
To avoid contracting the viral disease, always make sure that you continually wash your hands. It would be best if you used soap and running water. Wash for at least twenty seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an antiseptic hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based. Carry a sanitizer with you always. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose at all times.
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces.
If you are a home or business owner, you are advised to clean the touched surfaces frequently. They include the tables, handles, doorknobs, among others. That is because the virus can survive on such surfaces for up to 24 hours.
Watch Out for Symptoms
It is said that knowledge is power. With this in mind, ensure you familiarize yourself with the disease’s signs and symptoms to know when to seek medical attention. The most common ones include; coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, loss of taste, and smell sensations.
Please keep track of your symptoms, i.e., when and how they started. That will help healthcare providers identify with the best approach. If you have been exposed to the disease, avoid contact with other people until you receive a clean bill of health.
These are some of the measures we can take to protect ourselves and those around us. Fighting this disease is a collective responsibility, and everyone must take their role seriously.