The outbreak of the coronavirus in December 2019 took the world by storm. In a matter of a few months, the outbreak became a pandemic, impacting countries worldwide. With this new novel coronavirus, scientists are continuously monitoring the virus and discovering new ways to prevent the spread. As the threat becomes more widespread, precautions must be taken to protect yourself and your loved one from COVID-19 and limit the spread of the virus. We’ve got a few tips to help you stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Keep reading!
1. Wash Your Hands
Our hands touch so many surfaces in a day. From your phone to door handles, our hands can carry a lot of microbes, including the coronavirus. Studies have shown that washing your hands is the best way to prevent coronavirus. By practicing good personal hygiene, the risk of contraction significantly decreases. That means washing your hand correctly and regularly. Be sure to use soap and water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. According to Harvard Health, adding 15 seconds to your regular 5-second wash will reduce bacteria count on your hands from 90% to 99%.
2. Stay Home
The WHO, governments, and healthcare workers are all urging people to stay home if they can. Self-isolation and social distancing have become a necessity in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. Unless it is essential, avoid leaving your home and interacting with the public. If you do decide to leave your home, be sure to be extra cautious. Wash your hands frequently, pack hand sanitizer and keep at least 6 feet distance between you and others.
3. Follow Local Public Health Guidelines
Local guidelines and rules are regularly changing as more news is being shared about the virus. To ensure that you are protecting yourself and your family, visit your city’s or province’s website regularly to stay updated. Be mindful of any misinformation and fake news and only stay informed through trusted resources such as the World Health Organization or government websites.
4. Take Care Of Your Mental Health
During these times of uncertainty, paying attention to your mental health is a must. High stress can wreak havoc on your immune system. Stress can release an array of hormones that make us more susceptible to illness and disease. While staying updated on coronavirus news can be beneficial, be sure to limit your exposure to news. In addition, self-isolation and social distancing can take a toll on your mental health. We are social creatures and everyone needs a support system, especially during these tough times. Luckily, we have tons of communication technologies at our fingertips. Check-in with your loved ones and friends regularly over video calls or chats. Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or ask how a family member is doing.
Stay Informed And Protected
As coronavirus continues to spread, we encourage everyone to take extra precautions to limit the spread and stay protected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Limit social interactions as much as possible and clean your surroundings regularly. Staying informed is one step towards prevention. Visit the WHO website or the Government Of Canada website to stay informed about prevention, updates symptoms and travel advice. If you’re not sure what’s covered in your plan, contact us today and one of our representatives will be happy to answer any questions you may have!