What exactly is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are in fact a large family of viruses that causes diseases that range from colds to more serious diseases.
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that can cause disease in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections, ranging from the common cold to serious illnesses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). A recently discovered coronavirus causes COVID-19 coronavirus.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted from person to person by droplet, by the inhalation of droplets that the infected person has ejected by coughing or sneezing.
Close contact with the affected person (distance of less than 2 meters, hugs, kisses ) facilitates the transmission of the virus.
It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object on which the virus is located and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly eyes.
How can we protect ourselves and others?
• Practice social distance: At least keep a distance of 1 meter between yourself and others, especially anyone who coughs or sneezes.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without first washing your hands. Do not go to a doctor or hospital because you can infect other people. An ambulance should be called in advance
• Avoid close contact with sick people, especially people who cough or sneeze.
• If you cough or sneeze, the correct way is to use handkerchiefs or coughs / sneezes in your elbow, not your hands. Also, immediately dispose of the used handkerchief immediately in a closed bucket and wash your hands with soap and water.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based disinfectant.
• If you are elderly or have a chronic medical condition – making you more likely to have a serious case of illness – you should stay away from a lot of people and delay unnecessary travel.
• It is important to stay home if you are not feeling well.
• Avoid major events, sports events, any public or private gatherings.
• Don’t touch too many things! It uses contactless payment, and if you have to touch things already,or use gloves .
• Knowing if you use gloves protects yourself, but it is possible to spread the infection to others if you touch various things with contaminated gloves.
• It is best to wash your hands after using cards, coins and banknotes.
• disinfect all the surfaces you frequently touch, such as door handles, doors, various devices that we use constantly (phones,credit cards, lap top)
• Disinfect the most frequently touched areas! Research shows that the virus can linger on surfaces such as plastics and stainless steel for several days, making it important to clean counters, doorknobs and other places that people regularly touch. Research shows that the virus does not remain contagious on the cardboard for more than a day.
How can we identify Covid19?
•A dry cough
• Muscle pain, malaise
• More serious cases can lead to pneumonia, multiple organ failure and even death
• The incubation period – the time between infection and the onset of symptoms – ranges from one to 14 days. Most infected people show symptoms within 5-6 days.
• Infected patients can also be asymptomatic, meaning they do not show symptoms despite having a virus in their systems.
What steps should I take?
Doctors advise NOT TO GO to health centers, hospitals because avoiding crowds is one of the basic preventative measures.
Instead of leaving home, the recommendation is to call the doctors, explain to them what symptoms you are experiencing, and listen to their advice on whether you need to self-isolate or test yourself.
They advise that you to not take antibiotics without your doctor’s supervision, because the fever – when it comes to the virus – will not lower these medicines.
Think about whether you have been in contact with anyone coming from affected areas – such as Italy, China or South Korea, Spain and the like.
If you get out of the way and feel the symptoms listed, call the doctor.
What is self-isolation?
This means staying at home for 14 days without going to work, school or other public places, as well as avoiding public transportation and taxis.
You should also reduce your contacts with your household. During self-isolation you should stay in different rooms separated by closed doors. Any Visits from the outside world are absolutely forbidden.
It’s a good idea to have a well -ventilated room that has a window that can open.
If you have more than one bathroom in your apartment or house, make arrangements with your family members not to enter the one you will use. If this is not the case, regular cleaning and disinfection of the bathroom is required, and it is recommended that the infected person always use the bathroom after the other household and before further cleaning.
Do not share towels, clothing, dishes or any objects with other people. All you have to use is a good washing machine before it comes in contact with other people.
If you need groceries or medicines, order delivery but only to the front door, as you should not receive visits.
You should stay away from pets – or, if not possible, wash your hands before and after touching the animals.
This is how I will protect myself from others and others from myself, protecting my family, especially my grandparents who are at highest risk!
We are young, have a strong immune system, but because of too much movement and not respeting the rules and advices, we are among the largest carriers of the virus! We must be aware and responsible above all so that we do not suffer the terrible and enormous consequences that are very much possible. It is a myth that the virus does not severely affect young people, children and women because there are cases that say otherwise! Young people also suffer from different types of illnesses that they may not even be aware of and not just the older population. Lets protect and cherish our friends, families and fellow citizens. Let’s remain young, but smart, socially distanced and responsible fight against the annoying virus corona! Don’t touch too many things!