Last update April 16, 2020 at 11:49 AM
It is often said that prevention is better than cure. This citation is even truer during a pandemic. In this article, after giving the different symptoms of the disease, we are going to list the 7 habits to adopt to fight against the covid-19 coronavirus.
What is covid-19
Covid-19 is the name given to the coronavirus which appeared in December 2019. Literally, it means Coronavirus decease 2019 It should be noted that coronavirus is the name given to a family of viruses. There are several coronaviruses other than covid-19. To better understand the functioning of the virus, its birth and its origin, we invite you to read where does the coronavirus really come from?.
To better understand preventive measures, it is necessary to know the symptoms of the virus in humans.
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How does this coronavirus manifest itself?
According to the WHO, a person infected with COVID-19 most often develops symptoms such as:
- Or dry cough
Some individuals may experience aches and pains, a stuffy nose, discharge from snot, sore throat and even diarrhea.
In summary, the symptoms are very common at first and progressively progress to endanger the life of the victim. As a precaution, when a person makes a small cough, even discreetly ... run away.
There are other individuals who do not experience anything like symptoms. No pain, no sore throat, not even the tickle of the air in the nostrils. In short, they have an organism that allows them to play tank like the pangolin. Read the article on the origin of the coronavirus to understand what we're talking about here.
Some figures on covid-19
Contrary to what we see in the newspapers, the majority of patients with coronavirus (80% according to the WHO) recover from the virus without treatment.
One in 6 people infected with COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and has difficulty breathing. The elderly and those with poor health are more likely to develop serious illnesses.
It is obvious that to increase your chances of curing the disease naturally, you must improve your immune system. One of the best way is to consume foods rich in vitamin C like black tamarind. This fruit has other virtues that you will discover in The 12 benefits of black tamarind.
If you suffer from cough, fever and breathing difficulties consult your doctor following the country's virus regulations. It is recommended not to move yourself. In Togo, called 111.
Now that we know how the virus manifests itself, here are 7 habits to adopt to fight against covid-19.
7 ways to prevent covid-19
In this section we list the 7 ways we have chosen to effectively fight against the spread of the coronavirus. All strategies and methods can be found in detail on the WHO website.
Follow the latest news closely
Keep up to date with the latest news on COVID-19 available on the WHO website and the platforms available to you in your country. In togo this is the site: https://covid19.gouv.tg/ .
This information will allow you to prevent the disease by avoiding risk areas and by taking measures in the event of new discoveries.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based disinfectant gels.
Water and alcohol-based soap or disinfectant gel will kill any virus, including the coronavirus. For these products to be effective, they must be used correctly.
Alcohol-based disinfectant gels, even when used carefully to clean hands, are never 100% effective. It is almost useless to use the gel if the hands are dirty.
There are two cases where the alcohol-based gel is very effective. The first case for which the disinfectant must be used is important, after washing your hands with soap and water. The other case is when you already have your hands clean before using it. But at home, always use soap and water to wash your hands regularly.
Keep a distance of at least 1 meter between yourself and anyone who coughs or sneezes.
A distance of one meter is equivalent to the distance you walk when you take approximately 3 steps. The distance varies enormously depending on the size of the individual.
The main reason why keeping a distance of one meter is important is to limit the spread of the virus. When a person sneezes or coughs, it spreads a fine drop of snot that you can breathe or receive on the body. Disgusting. If these human particles contain the coronavirus, you will be infected with this voice. This is often how the flu spreads.
Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible
The hands are often in contact with all the objects around us. We tend to touch metal walls and above all and for everything, cell phones. It could be our own machines or that of our colleague.
Objects in our environment may contain the covid19 virus. In contact with our hands, we can easily contract it. It should be noted that the infection of the disease is not done through the skin. It is when the virus enters through the mouth, nose or eyes that you are really infected
If you want to protect yourself, you have to lose the habit of regularly touching your eyes, nose or mouth. As a precaution, wash your hands and face regularly.
Covid19 just like other coronaviruses (article on where the coronavirus comes from) can survive from a few hours to a few days on a surface.
Make sure the people around you apply these hygienes
This means, in addition to the points mentioned here, you must cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your elbow when you sneeze or cough. If you have enough to cover your face, it has to be tissue paper.
Do not reuse the same tissue for sneezing, discard immediately after each use. This hygienic behavior does not only protect from the coronavirus. It also protects you and your entourage against colds, the flu and a large part of respiratory diseases.
Stay home if you feel unwell, have a fever, or have the flu.
If you experience at least one of the symptoms of covid19, do not leave your home. Call a doctor or doctor to see you. If you do not have a number, ask someone close to you or a correspondent to contact a doctor for you.
You can have the symptoms of the coronavirus without being affected by it. But for safety measures, it is better to stay at home. In Togo, you must call the number 111. Outside the country, you must use the number recommended in your country of origin.
In all cases, the health authorities in your country are the best informed of the situation in your locality. It is important to follow their advice and instructions after contacting them in advance.
Stay up to date on the places or areas where covid19 spreads in your locality.
The coronavirus covid 19 is not only caught when in contact with a person. You can get infected when you are in contact with a surface that has been touched by a patient with covid 19.
It is for this reason that the localities where the virus spreads must be avoided to minimize the risk of contracting it. To find out about these places, you should regularly get information in the newspapers or from your local health authority.
It is advisable not to travel to places where the virus spreads. Especially the elderly or suffering from diabetes, heart or lung disease as they are most at risk of succumbing to the disease.
These measures must be applied by all without exceptions to be effective against this pandemic. There are other habits that allow you to reach your goals faster. For that, I recommend you The 8 Habits of Successful People. Speaking of good habits, there are also bad habits to flee to maintain health. Among these bad manners are 6 reasons why sitting is a bad habit .