The outbreak of coronavirus has caused worry and anxiety for many people. Both those who are infected or know someone who has tested positive are panicking about what to do. During times like these, there are certain things one should be aware of and remember to do or don’t do.
IF YOU HAVE THE VIRUS:
Stay home unless you need medical care
You can recover from mild cases at home without medical care
Stay in touch with your doctor:
If you have trouble breathing or show any severe/critical symptoms it is crucial to listen to your doctor’s orders because he/she knows best
If you have multiple family members at home, make a permanent safe space for yourself ONLY
Wear face masks at all times
When around other people and in public
Respiratory droplets can travel up to 6 ft so face masks will prevent traveling beyond
Wash your hands
For 20 sec after going outside, coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces
Credible sources have recommended singing the jingle happy birthday twice or you can sing any part of a song for the recommended amount of time
Wear gloves in the house and in public
If there are other people living in the same house, wear gloves to prevent spreading through contact
Set separate items for yourself
Ex. towels, cups and other utensils
Monitor your symptoms
This can dictate if have a mild, moderate, severe, or critical case
If you develop any of the symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, bluish lip/face, get medical attention IMMEDIATELY
Take proper nutrition
Drink many fluids, exercise, and rest
Exercise at home: exercising decreases your susceptibility to getting sick
Stay informed on updates
Number of rising cases
New theories by doctors
Advancements made to fight the pandemic
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE VIRUS:
Doesn’t mean you do not have to follow the same precautions
You are still susceptible to contracting the virus
Clean common surfaces with alcohol or other disinfecting sprays
Use products that are 70% alcohol/EPA-registered disinfectants
Wipe down surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, light switches, remotes, handles, sinks, toilets, devices such as phones and tablets
Donate to local food banks and organizations that help people in need during this crisis
Chip in small amounts if you can
It helps those who are unemployed, need food, families who have low incomes, and etc.
About 80% of the viruses are mild cases and there is only 1-3.4% chance of fatality
Stay alert, not anxious
Travel beyond ur state or internationally
Especially if you have tested positive or are ar risk for contracting the virus
Touch face without washing your hands
You shouldn’t do this in the first place.
Go to crowded areas
Except for necessary places like grocery stores
Call for testing when if you don’t have symptoms or haven't been exposed to people who tested positive
Believe everything you see on the internet and spread misinformation
Trust doctors and check that your online sources are reliable
Spreading false information can create more paranoia and skepticism
Develop hostile attitudes towards Asians
At a time like this, it is important that people around the world work together to fix this rather than point fingers.
Enforcing stereotypes and spreading hostility will only aggregate the situation.
Stay in front of a screen for hours upon hours
Staying in quarantine doesn’t mean you need to be on an electronic device 24/7.
Stay up late into the night
Getting eight hours of sleep is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system
Hoard all the food from the supermarket
Store enough food, but be mindful of elders who may need it more than you do
Buy all the toilet paper you can find
The symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, and fever, not uncontrollable diarrhea.
Again, be mindful of those who may need it as well.
Mix certain chemicals when cleaning that may create toxic gasses.
While cleaning is important, be mindful that there are certain products to never mix.
Bleach + Vinegar
Produces chlorine gas that causes coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes.
Bleach + Ammonia
Produces chloramine, which causes shortness of breath and chest pain
Bleach + Rubbing alcohol
Produces chloroform, which is a highly toxic gas
Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar
Produces peracetic/peroxyacetic acid, which can be highly corrosive
Take medication other than the one prescribed by your doctor
Not all medication has had enough research done for it to be effective against the virus
The side effects can backfire and worsen your health
While this may seem overwhelming to always keep in mind, the most important thing at this time is to not panic. Panicking rarely solves any situation. Stay alert, not anxious.
For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html