Sensible Steps to help protect yourself and others from COVID19 / Coronavirus
Being aware and cautious is at the forefront of all our minds given the news in recent days with the coronavirus outbreak. We have tried to put all the various tips and advice that is out there into one helpful blog looking towards keeping both ourselves and others fit and healthy throughout these times.
1. Wash your hands frequently – Thoroughly clean your hands regularly throughout the day to kill any viruses. This is especially important after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. You can use an alcohol based hand rub (hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol is recommend when soap and water is not available).
2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily – these include table/counter tops, door handles, light switches, phones, sinks and taps
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands – your hands touch many surfaces throughout the day where viruses can live, so avoid transferring this to your eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Cover your cough/sneeze - Good respiratory hygiene is important. Remind the people around you, as well as following this yourself. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissues immediately.
5. Avoid Crowded Places – Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain a distance from anyone that may be coughing and sneezing to avoid breathing any liquid droplets that they may spray into the surrounding air.
6. Stay topped up on health supplements – A good diet supports the immune system. As well as eating a regular and well balanced diet containing all of the various food groups, (think wholegrains and plenty of fruit and veg), make sure you stay on top of your supplements regime to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay in optimum condition.
7. Stay at home if you feel unwell, even if it’s a slight fever or cough – It is important to take other people into consideration as well as yourself. If you have any mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, then avoid contact with others.
8. If you have developed a fever, cough or difficulty breathing seek medical advice promptly - but do call up first. This will allow you to discuss symptoms and circumstances around your sickness, including sharing important information over recent travel or contact with others. It will assist in deciding the best course of action and quickly help direct you to the right healthcare facility.
Finally make sure you follow the news, it is important to stay informed and keep up to date with all the latest recommendations and advice being given to ensure we all have the best chance of remaining safe and well.