Before now, what we knew and thought could only eat up the world was war. It’s very unsafe and disheartening to recall how numerous lives were lost and how the ships of the extremely regarded world powers were capsized, most notably, the second world war which lasted for six years and one day (September 1, 1939, to September 2, 1945); a state of total war directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. Here we go again seventy-four years later, a non-weaponry world war putting over 150 countries into a dilemma, harassing the so-called international relation and world politics, putting all forms of tourism, entertainment, and sports to an unquestionable hold and making our medical experts the only battalion to fight this war. In just four months, over a million people have been tested positive of coronavirus and a sizeable and terrifying number of death casualties recorded.
Whereas the US President Donald Trump criticized the efforts of the WHO thus far towards battling this virus, the UK authorities have been stout to react with punishing any miscreant that defies the “keep-safe” rules. Recently, Nigerians also complained bitterly that they are not in support of their government requesting for the hands of Chinese doctors in treating coronavirus patients. One thing is certain: Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen and APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever, there is no drug or universal vaccines to treat Coronavirus disease. The best thing is keeping safe and avoiding the life-threatening coronavirus to reach you.
When this COVID-19 was as at the incubation stage that is when it hasn’t gotten to this universally consuming point, some people at relatively hot regions believed that coronavirus has no habitat for people like them. Fishy stories also circulated on the social network that people with black genes and mostly, Africans, have “fighting vessels” and so would be safe from the virus. Is that so? the largest and predominantly black cities in the US – Detroit and New Orleans – were the hardest hit of Coronavirus going to the statistics while there have been over 12,960 confirmed coronavirus cases with over 690 casualties that have died from the virus in the presumably safe continent of Africa. With this, we need no pointer to tell us that the assertion is naught. Then the million-dollar question now is what should I do to be safe from coronavirus?
If you show any symptoms, seek medical care early
What symptoms? Fever, cough or you perceive a difficulty breathing.
For coronavirus not to get to you, Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authorities. This is the best time to put them to work, they are there to guide and guard you.
National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider and facilitators to quickly direct you to the right health centre. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of not only coronavirus but also other viruses and infections and keep you safe in the process.
Stay informed and follow the advice given to you by healthcare facilitators
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free from your sins”. Not sins this time but from the pandemic; coronavirus. Follow advice passed on to you by those who know the truth. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authorities or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Don’t forget that no matter how distasteful your government seems to you, they are the only pillar that will hold the most up to date information on whether coronavirus is spreading in your area. Your health authorities, for example, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Nigeria, World Health Organization (WHO) are best placed to advise people in your area on what they should do to keep themselves safe and their people.
Wash your hands frequently
I don’t think there’s any African born and bred in Africa that didn’t attempt stealing from mum’s pot of soup just the way I’m not sure there will be anyone that won’t wash his or her hands in a day. Childhood exuberance, as opposed to morality, has come to legalise the act just the way coronavirus has done to stamp washing our hands evident in keeping safe from any infections and germs.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This will help kill viruses that may be on your hands. This means that it’s not only when you want to eat that you will have to wash your hands. To keep safe from coronavirus, your hands must be clean at all times.
Parents should also play their part in ensuring they keep themselves and household safe. Kids within the age of 1 to 3 are figuratively unborn yet and mentally weak. They should be overly watched at least during this time that the virus is in full force. Children from ages 2 to 5 especially in rural areas are liable to play with sand than toys. For you to be safe from Coronavirus at this time, you must guard your wards from those rough plays now.
Maintain social distancing
This is not the time for eye service companionship. Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid needless social function this time around because coronavirus bomb has exploded. The person next to you at that wedding ceremony might have been infected. Medical experts have made us know that coronavirus has even put on new velvet_ one can contact this virus simply by close breathing.
Moreover, when someone coughs or sneezes he sprays small liquid droplets from his nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. If there’s no basic necessity for you to be out, stay home.
Avoid touching your eyes, your nose or your mouth
Let’s put sentiment into this, why do people touch these sensitive parts repeatedly in the first place? If you do that often and you want to be safe from coronavirus, it has to stop.
Beloved, Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. You have to do away with touching them unnecessarily as from now on if truly you want to be safe from coronavirus.
Practice respiratory hygiene
All thanks to coronavirus, we might not have been admonished to conform to some societal norms. Well, now there’s the pandemic! Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Droplets spread viruses in which coronavirus isn’t an exception. By following good respiratory hygiene you will protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Coronavirus is not a disease meant for a particular class of elites, group, race, religion or region, it’s a pandemic that will eat up any unconscious living creature.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you safe from coronavirus, now you know. Stay safe.
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