You’re probably more than aware that there’s a pandemic currently happening around the world. Originating in Wuhan, China, COVID19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, named SARS-COV-2. And while for most people the symptoms are relatively mild and similar to having a cold or the flu, it can be particularly dangerous for those with underlying health conditions. In this difficult time, you might be wondering how best to protect your health and that of your family. Here are some steps that you can take to reduce your risk.
Enforced social distancing is becoming commonplace around the world because there’s proof that it can help reduce the transmission of the virus. China has seen a massive reduction in the number of cases due to citizens staying away from public places and only coming outside of their homes if absolutely necessary. If you need to go outside, you should maintain your distance from others and try to touch as few things as possible. You can wear protective gloves and make sure that you do not touch your face, and put them in the bin as soon as you return home. If you can work from home, you should. If you’re experiencing temporary financial difficulties as a result, these unsecure personal loans are easy to apply for online and may help to tide you over.
It goes without saying that everybody should be practicing good hygiene, but now it’s more important than ever before. Wash your hands more often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds; be sure to wash your hands before and after leaving your home, before eating, and before and after coming into contact with pets. If you still need to go to work, wash your hands once you arrive and before you leave, and as much as you can in between. Carrying hand sanitiser is also a wise idea, but bear in mind that it’s not as effective as good hand-washing so it shouldn’t replace it.
If You Experience Symptoms
The symptoms of COVID19 are a high temperature and a new continuous cough. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the official advice is to stay at home for seven days. If you live with your family, everybody should stay at home for two weeks. Most of the time, symptoms are not extremely serious and you should be able to manage at home. And, you might be experiencing a cold or flu - since symptoms are similar, it’s hard to tell. If you are worried or have an underlying health condition that might put you at a higher risk of complications, get in touch with NHS 111. They will be able to advise you on what to do next. Do not go to your doctor's surgery or A&E. If you need to be tested for COVID19, NHS 111 will tell you how to go about this; you may be taken to hospital from your home or you can go to a drive-through testing area where you will be tested in your car.
For people who are already worried about their health, we’re living in a scary time. By keeping the above in mind, you can limit your risk of contracting the virus and keep yourself and your family safe through this.
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