BASIC PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE NEW CORONA VIRUS…….By the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
1. Wash your hands frequently.
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wash them with soap in a tap of running water.
*Why*? Washing your hands with soap in a tap of running water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers kills viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is frequently coughing or sneezing.
*Why*? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their 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 is already infected with the disease.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
*Why*? 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.
4. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of immediately.
*Why*? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
*Why*? 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 to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
6. Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
*Why*? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to buy protect themselves
This message is from the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN)