1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you may only have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 27 Celsius/80.6 Fahrenheit. 4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly, and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!
11. Practice good hygiene and health habits
12. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In cases of no access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% to 95% alcohol).
13. Cover your coughs and sneezes with an elbow sleeve or tissue.
14. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as you can pick up the virus that way.
15. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects like doorknobs and countertops. Evidence suggests that disinfectants with 62% to 71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can “efficiently” inactivate coronaviruses within a minute
16. Getting the flu shot is suggested even though the seasonal flu vaccine cannot protect you from COVID-19 directl. However, you may be more likely to develop severe pneumonia if you contract both diseases simultaneously.. By avoiding the flu, you may also avoid making a trip to the doctor in the middle of a COVID-19 epidemic, when health care workers may be overwhelmed with other patients.
17. Be prepared to stay home
18. Talk with your employer about what the company’s work-from-home and sick leave policy might be in the event of an outbreak.
19. Schools may be closed in your area during an outbreak. Ask your child’s school, local school board or health department about how much advance notice there might be preceding a closure. Plan for how you will handle child care if schools and day care centers are closed.
Large group gatherings may be canceled, including concerts, religious services and public events.
20. Have at least a 30-day supply of all needed medications on hand, and/or as your health care and insurance providers about procuring an emergency supply.
21. If you or someone in your household regularly takes prescription drugs, it may be wise to ask your health care and insurance providers about procuring an emergency supply.
Make a plan for how to care for those at greater risk of serious illness and hospitalization, such as those over 65 years old and those with preexisting health conditions. Also have a backup plan for who will care for your dependents if you get sick, personally.
22. Make sure you have reasonable amounts of groceries and other basic household necessities, such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, water, can & dry goods, etc. Plan for a 2-4week rationing for the individuals of your household if the needed arises for self-quarantine.
23. Check in with your neighbors and loved ones. Talk with your neighbors to check in on their health status and see how you can help each other if one of you is home sick or caring for others.
24. Share the newest information from local health authorities, and make sure others are up to date.Keep up with local announcements to find out about cancellations of schools and local events.
THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
Shortness of breath (unsual rapid breathing)
Sore throat lasting 3-4 days
Excessive nasal fluid entering the trachea Lungs can lead to pneumonia.
With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing
-If you suspect you or a loved one has the COVID-19 infections, call ahead to your nearest hospital or clinic to know what you should do when you arrive. Some will have special protocols in place to get you the proper treatment quickly.
-If you live with an infected person, you may be asked to voluntarily quarantine yourself at home to prevent the possible spread of the infection to others.
-Standard medical mask can’t protect you from COVID-19, as they are not designed to lock out viral particles.
-However, if you suspect you may have been exposed to the virus, you might consider wearing a mask as a courtesy to others. If you have to leave your home (to seek medical care, for example), wearing a medical face mask can help reduce your chance of infecting others. If you don’t have a mask, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes with an elbow sleeve or tissue.
-In crowded spaces, creating distance between yourself and others can help reduce your risk of person-to-person infection.
-Officials recommend standing at least 3 feet away from nearby persons, but if an epidemic proves more severe, the recommended distance may be increased.
-Some of these countermeasures may resemble those used during a pandemic bout of influenza. Please refer to the Center of Disease Control & Prevention and the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information about these nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including symptoms and steps you can take to prevent the spread of the illness.
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