It is essential to follow and adhere to certain precautionary instructions to successfully break the chain of transmission and ensure the safety, comfort, and health of your family members during this period.
1. Educate Yourself And Your Family On Covid19 And How It Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the best way to prevent it is by avoiding being exposed to this virus.
The virus spreads mainly from Person-to-Person through Three Modes
Be aware that COVID-19 can also spread through people who are NOT showing symptoms.
Spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks by landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Use simple ways to explain the situation to children and avoid any direct contact with them
2. Wash Your Hands Often
Wash your Hands often with Soap and Water for at least 40 seconds and especially -
After you have been in a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling your cloth face covering
After changing a diaper
After caring for someone sick
After touching animals or pets
If Soap and Water are not readily available, then use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Pump the Sanitizer bottle to get enough content to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together for at least 20 seconds until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Maintain 6 feet between the person yourself and other household members.
Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
Keep distance from others especially if you're at higher risk of getting very sick.
Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, toothbrushes, clothes, pillows, bed linen, or towels with other people in your home and wash these items thoroughly with soap and warm water after use.
Make sure your clothes are washed separately from other people’s clothes in the house.
Avoid contact with any pet in the house, especially if other people are also in contact with it.
4. Cover Your Mouth And Nose With A Triple Layer Mask When Around Others
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Everyone should wear a Mask when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The Mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
5. Follow Respiratory Etiquette And Cover Coughs And Sneezes
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 40 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol for 20 seconds
6. Clean And Disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Single-use gloves should be used when cleaning and once you finish cleaning, dispose of the gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly.
7.Monitor Your Health Daily
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Check and Monitor your Temperature and Oxygen saturation everyday
Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications like paracetamol that could lower your temperature.
Make sure to get enough sleep and rest.
8. Healthy Eating At Home
Avoid cooking or preparing food for others, let someone else in the home cook your food to avoid entering the kitchen.
Eat your food in your room and avoid eating or drinking with other people in the house.
Be careful to wash your dishes separately from others in the house.
Make sure to eat healthy food that strengthens your immunity system.
Make sure to drink enough water (8-12 glasses a day).