Everyone desires that COVID-19 should be no more. The situation must soon come back to normal. However, till such time the lockdown is lifted, and offices function normally, most people are working remotely.
We at Spaceler believe that everyone must be well informed of what they can individually do to prevent the spread of COVID – 19. So we have compiled this article to create awareness:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the currently available evidence is that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through close contact and droplets. People most at risk of infection are those who are in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
This communicable disease is the result of 3 factors:
1. The agent which is the COVID – 19 Virus
2. The Environment which is the reservoir where the agent exists – Includes the person having COVID-19, a carrier (someone who carries the agent, but who has no symptoms of the disease), or even a part of the inanimate environment such as surfaces
3. Host – The person who gets the virus through transmission
To control the agent COVID-19 from entering new hosts, we must control the environment.
Preventing the Spread of Virus through Social Distancing
When the agent is expelled through coughing or sneezing, it can be picked up and transmitted to people susceptible to catching the virus. Especially when together in a Queue, traveling in automobiles such as busses, cars, or shopping in crowded market places, exposure to the virus increases the risk of giving way for the virus to enter into people. So it is highly important to maintain social distancing to stay healthy and safe.
The virus may ‘persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).’ The chain of transmission of the COVID-19 virus can be broken by personal hygiene and by keeping the surfaces clean. That is the reason, there is a rallying call everywhere to maintain cleanliness, wash hands and keep our surroundings clean.
Avoiding Rumors any Myths
Believing myths and rumors may harm us and others. We may indirectly become the reasons for many to believe in rumors and myths when we don’t fact check before passing them on to others.
The World Health Organization has busted all the myths about the spread of Coronavirus:
- 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19
- Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.
- Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.
- Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous
- COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
- Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
- Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
- The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
- Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.
- UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
- Thermal scanners cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
- Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body
- Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
- There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.
- There is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
- WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.
- Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.
- To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Yes, social distancing and hygiene practices such as washing hands and sanitizing surfacing have an important part to play in the matter of staying healthy. It is wise and loving on our part to be considerate of self and others. Let us respect the call for social distancing and hygiene by not taking it for granted. Let us help our frontline people including healthcare workers, essential suppliers and service providers and everyone keeps safe by recognizing them and living up to our social responsibilities. Let us keep ourselves aware of the facts.
Stay Clean, Maintain Social Distance, Stay Healthy!