Hi Guys, Global affairs are all affecting us at the moment. It’s important to take care of yourself, no matter how healthy you are. Use the following recommendations from WHO to protect yourselves from Covid-19. China was the first country to be hit by the virus, this guide is supported by government & health authorities.
Here is some advice from WHO
- Wash your hands frequently – Thoroughly and regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub (sanitizer) or wash them with soap and water. Since there are some materials or surfaces more likely to contain the virus longer than others we suggest you wash your hands constantly, sing the chorus of a song while you do it. Make it a habit and don’t hug, kiss or touch other people…keep your hands to yourself.
- Maintain social distancing – Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain viruses. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 if the person is infected.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Have you ever stopped to think how many times you touch your face every day! Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth sending them straight to the rest of your body and you definitely do not want that to happen.
- Avoid physical contact when greeting – Safe greetings include a wave, a nod or a bow.
- Practice Respiratory Hygiene – This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread the virus and by following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Wear your mask.. If there are no masks available, DON’T PANIC, you can make your own. There are many DIY patterns on the web. Best to make your own and not buy as there is a short supply in the country. A mask is not the most comfortable thing in the world but it guarantees a lot of the biggest particles, bacteria and virus molecules will stay from your respiratory system.
- Don’t go out – We in South Africa are in a 3-week lockdown. If you have absolutely nothing to do outside, then don’t go out, this is a very serious matter. Being exposed to so many sources of contagion will affect, not only you but everyone who interacts with you. (If you carry the virus, you can easily affect, on average 14 people) Try your best to stay indoors and ask yourself if you REALLY need to go to the shop. Let’s think first of the most vulnerable groups, older people, patients with previous pathologies, respiratory and/or cardiac issues and patients with other chronic health issues are at greater risk and we need to be cautious.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – Call in advance, follow the directions of your local health authority. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Ventilation – Keep your hotel room, house or apartment, car etc well ventilated.
Be informed, prepared, safe, smart and kind – If you are worried about your friends and family ask them to be constantly in touch with you via skype, Whatsapp or messenger. Let’s use technology in our favour!