How to protect yourself from the coronavirus (with updates)

The Chinese government and its citizens are fighting the Coronvirus.

Disinfecting the streets
Disinfecting the air

Is it possible that disinfecting the atmosphere will have an impact on the virus? If so, why wasn’t this conducted in the early stages of the outbreak?

 

Coronavirus is becoming of increasing concern around the world after the virus was first reported in Wuhan, Hubei.

Chinese officials have said at least 26 people have died from coronavirus, all in Hubei, China. As of this date, there are no specific treatments for coronavirus infection. The lack of treatment is why taking precautionary health measures to protect yourself from the virus is very important.

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Canada has now confirmed its second case of the coronavirus

If you live in an environment with Chinese nationals, it is mostly that they have been travelling back and forth to China and your country with the last 2 months. That being said, there is a 73% chance that the coronavirus is already in your country. With the cases of coronavirus rapidly increasing, it is only a matter of time for the deadly virus to outbreak cause an outbreak in Canada.

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We want to encourage health and safety by creating a list of ways that you can prevent yourself from catching or spreading the virus.

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus:

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  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Sanitize public washroom before touching or using.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Sanitize your bathroom regularly.
  7. Sanitize your hands after touching public door handles.
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What can be done to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

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Professor Allen Cheng from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine contributed his opinion on steps that could be taken by the public. In China, particularly, increased surveillance, public education, and reduced public interaction are being used to contain the virus.

Reduced public interaction includes stay-at-home treatment, versus hospitalization.

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Your doctors and public health staff will evaluate whether or not you should be cared for at home. If the evaluation finds that you can be treated at home, then you will be monitored by your government health department. It is recommended that you follow preventative and precautionary health regimes until your evaluation can be conducted.

1. Stay home except to get medical care

If you do not have to be outside, then stay inside. Avoid using public transportation, restaurants, public washrooms, or any other shared spaces.

2. Separate yourself from other people in your home

You should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

3. Call ahead before visiting your doctor

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Before your doctor’s appointment, if possible, speak to your healthcare provider. It is best to tell them that you have been or are in the process of being evaluated for the coronavirus. This will provide your doctor’s office with the opportunity to implement preventative measures to protect other patients.

4. Wear a facemask

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You should wear a facemask when you are in spaces with other people. If for some reason, you are unable to wear a facemask, you should encourage those around you to wear one.

5. Avoid sharing items

You should avoid sharing personal items with people around you, especially items that may transfer DNA from one person to another (e.g. glasses, facecloths, utensils, etc.).

6. Monitor your symptoms

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If you see that your condition is worsening, seek medical attention from a health care professional immediately. By monitoring your symptoms, you can help medical professionals to understand the virus better. Also, monitoring your symptoms allows for doctor’s offices and medical facilities to prepare for your arrival and take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus further.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy.

Update (3/11/2020)

Coronavirus has been officially declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. WHO has also confirmed 124,519 global cases for the virus also referred to as COVID-19.

For live updates on confirmed coronavirus cases, visit this link.

Read our most recent article on the coronavirus here.