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Alleviating the risks of COVID-19: A perfect guide

Posted on 03/25/2020 by Finding Doc

COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic has become a global concern these days and the outbreak seems to have no end. COVID-19 is an umbrella term used for a family of viruses that trigger mild to severe respiratory problems that are somewhat similar to those triggered by influenza. While some patients might recover just by practising quarantine and without the need for any medical intervention, others might be admitted to a hospital and kept under keen medical observation. At present, there is no vaccine or medicine to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 but researches are going on and we will hopefully find a solution to end this pandemic. Till then, it is important that we do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting infected. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, find a pulmonologist near you with the help of Finding Doc.

A lot of myths and misconceptions have been associated with COVID-19 and all these are as dangerous as the disease itself. It is high time that we rise above these myths and educate ourselves and those around us. COVID-19 is preventable and the first step towards preventing it is right awareness. Here are some really effective tips that can help to alleviate the risks of getting infected:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water. Merely rinsing your hands with water is as good as not washing them at all. Make sure you scrub off all the dirt and was you hands for about 20 to 30 seconds and not less.
  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer along with you at all times and use it occasionally. Although this is not as effective as cleaning your hands with soap and water, it can surely prove to be helpful to some extent.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a clean tissue paper or handkerchief while sneezing or coughing. Dispose off the used tissue paper in closed bins. In case you do not have a handkerchief or tissue, sneeze into the inner side of your elbow instead of using your bare palms.
  • Avoid catching up with your friends and relatives or going out in crowded places. Practice social distancing as much as possible. You never know who might be a carrier, hence it is important to maintain a safe distance from everyone.
  • Personal hygiene is very important. Avoid coming in contact with dirt and dust and even if you do, clean yourself and your clothes. Cut your nails short and avoid touching your face without cleaning your hand.
  • Avoid using your dominant hand while doing normal day to day activities like lifting something from the ground or opening the doors and windows. We usually use our dominant hand for wiping our nose or rubbing our eyes. Keeping it clean helps to negate the risks of corona if you touch your face by mistake.
  • Avoid spitting in public places
  • Refrain from stepping out of your house unnecessarily as by doing this you are not only putting yourself but also those around you in danger.
  • Learn to differentiate between the symptoms of common flu and COVID-19. Keep checking your body temperature from time to time and contact a doctor in case of fever.
  • If you are tending to a patient suffering from COVID-19, take all the precautionary measures and do not forget to wear a mask.
  • Focus on boosting your immunity by eating healthy.

All these guidelines can help you to eliminate the risks of getting infected with COVID-19. In case of any queries or assistance you can find some of the best pulmonologists in Finding Doc.