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As countries across the globe struggle to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s advisable to stay safe by following the recommended preventive measures from public health officials. The best way to protect yourself is not to get exposed to the virus.
At Plumlogix, we understand that part of our social responsibility is to enlighten our customers and the public to stay safe and follow recommended guidelines and help tame the spread of the virus.
We’ve put together a list of recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so that you can educate yourself and stay safe.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
Protecting yourself against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) requires you to follow these five simple steps.
To stop the spread of the virus and keep yourself safe from infection, it is recommended you wash your hands often using soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. This is particularly recommended when you’re been in a public place, or after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
If you find yourself in a place you can’t get soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that’s composed of at least 60% alcohol. If all these are unavailable, do not touch your eyes, mouth, and nose before thoroughly washing your hands.
Avoid any close contact with people who are sick. If you can, stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. Practice social distancing by observing a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others, especially in public places. Keep your family and friends close by engaging them in chats, video calls, texts, etc.
If you must be in public or around others, make sure you cover your nose and mouth using a cloth face cover. However, do not use face covers on children under the age of 2 or anyone with difficulty breathing.
Avoid face masks recommended for healthcare workers as these are prone to misuse, thus making one more vulnerable to infection.
You must cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues whenever you cough or sneeze then dispose of the tissue after using it. If a disposable tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands regularly.
The CDC and WHO recommend that frequently touched surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, handles, keyboards, faucets, phones, counter tops, and sinks be disinfected as regularly as possible to avoid infection.
Common COVID-19 Symptoms
It’s important to note that the symptoms of the Covid-19 virus appear within 14 days of infection, and in some cases, no symptoms may develop at all. The universally observed COVID-19 symptoms include:
Less severe symptoms
Less common symptoms
Who Is at A Higher Risk of Serious Complication If Infected with Covid-19?
The WHO and CDC warn that people who live in long-term care facilities or nursing homes as well as individuals of any age that have serious underlying medical conditions or have a weakened immune system are at higher risking of developing complications with Covid-19. Such conditions include moderate to severe asthma, liver, lung, or heart diseases; severe obesity, etc.
What to do if you are a high-risk person
If you know or suspect you are at a high risk of serious illness from COVID-19, it’s critical that you stay home as much as possible and follow the previously discussed guidelines as well as avoid all forms of luxury travel. If you feel unwell, concerned, or need medication because you are likely to stay home for long, call your healthcare provider.
If You Are Sick
If you get diagnosed with COVID-19 or feel you may have been exposed to the virus, contact your healthcare provider immediately and avoid any company at all. If possible, self-quarantine.
For mild sickness, stay at home and away from people and consult your doctor as often as possible, following their advice accordingly.
If you notice any severe signs such as difficulty in breathing, call an ambulance or your doctor immediately.
Staying safe is our collective responsibility. This info has been shared as part of our commitment to the good of the public, our customers, partners, etc.