How to stay safe from COVID-19 (CoronaVirus)
COVID-19 can be extremely dangerous for the elderly. That’s why it is important for you to learn how to stay safe for COVID-19. Not only can this be life-threatening for many seniors, but this can also be dangerous for people around you. Including your family. That’s why it’s important to limit the spread of this virus. Follow the guidelines below set forth by the Wolrd Health Organization and you will be much better off than you were before.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health. Much like the CDC is in the United States. WHO deals with worldwide medical issues pulling in experts from countries around the world. They are the leading experts on global pandemics. Below are their guidelines for the coronavirus.
- Wash your hands frequently. 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.
- Maintain social distancing. 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.
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good 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.
- Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. 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 quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
- Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Finally, learn how to stay safe from COVID-19 by keeping up to date with the information form your local health authority and local governments. They will be able to help keep you and your loved ones safe.