Is staying at home enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus? Here is a complete list of safety tips and advice for the public to manage coronavirus pandemic.
Cases of coronavirus across the globe continue to rise and health officials continue to announce new cases every day. The disease has become a full-blown crisis and on March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.
With a high person-to-person transmission rate, coronavirus has affected both young adults and older generations. By the third weekend of March, the global death toll had soared over 14,000 according to Worldometers.info and the numbers continue rising.
With the epicenter of coronavirus spread shifting to Europe, many countries are taking the necessary precautions to contain it. In the US, a national emergency was declared following the growing cases of the disease. Other countries like Italy, France, and Spain are on almost complete lockdown. Germany, on the other hand, has shut its schools, but they remain open for the young in Sweden.
In Kenya, the total number of cases reported by the government had reached 15 by March 22. To this end, schools in the country remain closed, employees are working from home, and supermarkets, as well as passenger service vehicles, have limited the number of shoppers and passengers at any given time, to facilitate social distancing and to manage the potential spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, as scientists struggle to find ways of stopping coronavirus, persons who are infected but require no hospitalization are instructed to stay at home. But with the easy spread of COVID-19, this directive leaves families and other people vulnerable. This means that staying at home isn’t enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which is why these safety tips outlined by the Red Cross summarize what we should all do to manage coronavirus pandemic.
The Red Cross recommends the following steps to help prevent the spread of germs during this situation:
According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and a cough. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor for medical advice if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.
According to the CDC, early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious medical condition, it is extra important for you to take action to avoid getting sick.
Stay home as much as you can and avoid crowds as much as possible. Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.