With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the world, the more desperate governments are working towards bringing out a cure. As the search for a vaccine continues, simple home remedies such as practicing hygiene, staying indoors and avoiding crowded places can help you and your family stay safe.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly coronavirus is said to spread from only infected humans-to-humans. Since this is a respiratory virus, it affects another by coughing, sneezing, or by talking. In such a scenario, it is recommended that you use a face mask without the risk of being infected or infecting another person.
Basic Preventive Measures
These preventive tips can be used in numerous ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive tips include:
- Regularly washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizers and soap.
Clean your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay in your space or room and use a separate bathroom from other people in the home.
Use separate dishes, glasses, cups, and eating utensils and not share these with other household members. After use, run them through with very hot soapy water. Practice separate bedding and towels and not share these with other household members.
- Cover mouth and nose with elbow or tissues when coughing or sneezing.
Wear a cloth face covering if they must be around other people. Cloth face coverings are for use only by people older than 2 years old who are not having trouble breathing. Do not leave a child alone while they’re wearing a cloth face covering. To see how to put on and remove cloth face coverings and face masks, clean them, or make your own cloth face covering. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and then wash their hands right away.
- Consult a doctor if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The person who is sick should stay home unless they need medical attention.
Other household members also should stay at home. Follow instructions from your doctor, local health care department, about who should stay home and for how long. If you must go out of the house, wear a cloth face covering or face mask and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) of the distance between you and other people.
Tell other people who were around the sick person. Your local or state health department can help you if you aren’t sure who to notify.
All household members should wash their hands often. Wash the sick person’s used clothes, bedding, and towels with detergent on the hottest temperature possible. Wear gloves when washing their laundry, if possible. Wash your hands well after handling the laundry.
If the person who is sick can’t wear a cloth face covering (or face mask), caregivers should wear one while they’re in the same room.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with flu, cough, and cold symptoms.
- Regularly clean phones, light switches, taps, and doorknobs with disinfectants.
- Make sure shared spaces in the home have good airflow. You can open a window or turn on an air filter or air conditioner.
- Keep a sick child’s toys separate from other toys, if possible.
- Do not allow visitors into your home. This includes children and adults.
Every day, use a household cleaner or wipe to clean things that get touched a lot. These include doorknobs, light switches, toys, remote controls, sink handles, counters, and phones.