5 Facts To Keep You Safe During COVID-19

janinerWed, 03/06/2020 - 2:19pm

An article from Dr Hennes

 

There is, no doubt, much concern regarding the Coronavirus in the local region and in particular amidst the elderly community. A such, we have devised 5 informative World Health Organisation (WHO) steps to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

The following questions will be addressed below:
1.How does the COVID-19 Virus Spread?
2. Should I be wearing a mask?
3. How do I protect my family and I from getting the virus?
4. Are people over the age of 65 more prone to infection?

 

We will also cover some of the MYTHS around the virus.

SPREAD
COVID-19 spreads via tiny water droplets that linger in the air (similar to vapour from a kettle). These tiny invisible water particles may be inhaled by people around.

The water particles with the virus may enter the nose and mouth via:
- Coughing or Sneezing
- Spit particles while speaking
- Regular breathing
- Touching infected objects, then touching your face

MASKS 
It is advised to wear a mask when in public and one is surrounded by people. The mask provides a physical barrier to prevent the transmission of the virus particles that may be in the air. 

Tips for mask users:
- Touching your surroundings, then touching the mask, or face, reduces the mask's protection. Therefore once the mask is worn, do not touch your face and do not touch the front of your mask.
- Wearing the same mask more than once increases risk of infection (because you are handling the front of your mask, which may have the virus particles, again and again).
- Wash multi-use masks as per usual in the laundry
- If you do not have a mask, simply keep a 1.5m distance from people, and remember to not touch your face

GENERAL PROTECTION
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for yourself and your family is to follow one simple routine: WASH YOUR HANDS with warm water and soap, or (if available) alcohol hand sanitiser. 

 

Hand hygiene is the number 1 way you can prevent the spread.

If you wear gloves, make sure you still wash your hands afterwards. It is advised to wash your bare hands after touching objects, rather than wearing gloves, and forgetting what they have touched. Dispose of them immediately after use, or wash if they are reusable gloves.
Again, if wearing gloves, or not, avoid hand (or glove) to face contact. 
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds
- Ensure you cover with soap/alcohol up to the wrist
- If wearing gloves, expose of afterwards, and wash your hands
- Avoid your hands contacting your face

Our ELDERS

People of all age are equally likely to CATCH COVID-19. However, as a person gets older, their immune system becomes less strong. So, whilst risk of infection is equal amongst all age groups, the ability to fight off the infection is much less likely in older individuals. 

In addition, older people are likely to have other medical conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, or asthma. These further place stress on the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infection. 
People over the age of 65 years, and all individuals with a medical condition  are at greater risk of illness. These groups of people should take particular care for their own safety.

MYTHS DEBUNKED 
The following is as per WHO:
- There are currently no medications licensed for cure
- Alcohol consumption does not prevent infection
- COVID-19 is not spread by house flies or mosquitoes
- Heat or Cold does not prevent or cure infection
- 5G networks do not cause COVID-19

SUMMARY
Maintain a social distance of 1.5m from people in public, while protecting your mouth and nose. Make sure to regularly wash your hands, and don't touch your face.
If you FEEL SICK, contact a medical professional for further advice.

Stay smart, Stay safe! 

Dr Marguerite Hennes 

 

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