The fear of coronavirus is beginning to grip many nations across the world. While the Western world is battling an identified new strain of the virus called the Wuhan Coronavirus, many in developing nations, including Nigeria are basically sure that the disease is deadly; aside that, they know nothing else about it. The virus which began by circulating around Wuhan, China, since December 2019, has since moved to other parts of the world, now in about 50 countries. It has infected thousands of people, and has disrupted plans for everything from major sports tournaments and other events around the world. The global death toll is now over 2,800, and the disease has made disturbing appearance in sub-Saharan Africa, beginning with Algeria and Nigeria. Though a number of infected persons have recovered, fast-growing outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran — along with the first case confirmed in Nigeria — show the battle to contain the virus is still in its early stages. The challenge now is that people are drowning in the ocean of misinformation and ignorance even without realizing that.
Here are 10 things you should do to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
1. Wash your hand with soap and water for not less than 20 seconds as often as possible
2. Clean your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Washing your hand with Soap and water is far more effective than hand sanitizer. As suggested by health experts, if you’re using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, you should make sure that it contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Don’t touch your face except when you’ve washed your hands with soap and water
4. Keep a Social distance (stay about 6 feet away from people always)
5. Be vigilant – Watch out for symptoms and make a good move by calling health officials
6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
7. Avoid contact with sick people
8. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, at least to protect others.
9. Disinfect objects and surfaces frequently
10. Avoid sharing fake news or other messages on coronavirus infection that you cannot confirm. Sharing fake news on social media hits the panic button which could push other people into undue anxiety that could even cause health challenges or make them think they already have the virus and drop their guards. This is one of the most important steps to ensuring the safety of family members and friends during this period of coronavirus scare.