5 Effective Ways To Prevent Covid-19
The virus is spreading in some of our communities. This disease also known as COVID-19, is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can spread to the mouth, nose, or hands of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The virus enters the body, it uses those proteins on its surface, the ones that look like a crown to get into our cells. Those proteins are like a key that unlocks receptors on the outside of the cell. We believe that it's specifically the ACE 2 receptor on our lungs that coronavirus is using to get inside ourselves once the virus is inside it. Then releases RNA its genetic material and it tricks yourself into making copies of the virus, so your cells actually become like a factory producing thousands of viruses without even realizing it. So at the beginning when the virus is replicating you don't actually have any symptoms yet, and this is called the incubation period. So the most common symptoms are fever sore throat cough some shortness of breath.
Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick. Here are some things you should do:
1.Wash Your Hands More
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to get them really clean, focusing on all parts of your hand, not just your palm backs of hands around the nails in between the fingers wrists and your thumb. You can also use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. The more you wash your hands the less likely you are to spread the virus to other people. So if you've been out in a public place on a bus or a train wash your hands as soon as you can.
2. Avoid Touching Your Eyes Nose and Mouth
Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth because that's the way the virus could get into your body. You can still touch your face but only if you've washed your hands before.
3. Catching Your Coughs And Sneezes Experts think corona virus is spread by droplets that come out of your nose and mouth so when you sneeze or cough catch them with disposable tissues. Don't touch things with your hands if you don't have to, the less you touch things like surfaces handrails lift buttons and less likely you are to catch the virus.
4. Put Distance Between Yourself And Others Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The closer you get the more likely you are to catch. Stay home if you're sick except to get medical care. If you have severe symptoms please call 911. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
5. Wear a face mask Wear a face mask if you're around other people or if you need to take care of someone who is sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for more serious illness from COVID-19. This group should consult with their health care provider about additional steps to stay protected.