Practical Ideas To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus
This is the new coronavirus here that's spreading from China or may well spread from China. So let's be prepared for this with a few quick practical tips of how to protect yourself and protect your family well.
1.Avoid Public Spaces
This is an infectious disease, if there is an infection and there's a lot of cases around, just stay at home as much as possible and avoid busy places.If you're sneezing a couple of metres away from Someone, the droplets from your breath will go over to that because this is a droplet infection, the virus can just hang in the air in these water droplets.That's how it's going to be spread. So coughs and sneezes spread diseases, and avoid public spaces.
So particularly aeroplanes, you get an awful lot of infections from aeroplanes, because the airs are recycled but other busy public places like buses and trains and do generally busy areas, it's going to be best if we can avoid those. So we don't reduce the likelihood of infection from other members of the public who might be infected. This is particularly important with this virus because early data is showing that people can get the infection and then for perhaps 10 to 14 days they can be infectious before they get ill. So it may well be that people are infectious for quite a long period of time and could be spreading the virus. So even if people don't appear ill they could still be spreading the virus. If the virus is around in the community, if there's a lot of coronavirus around and this might mean being antisocial or asocial at least for a while. So we wouldn't want to encourage visitors and again remember visitors might say oh I'll come around for a cup of tea and feeling absolutely fine I haven't got the virus. But they could be incubating the virus and that they might not be sick today but in seven days time they might be sick. But in all that time they might be spreading the virus so for a period of time. If there is a lot of cases hopefully they won't be, but if there is then restrict visitors and avoid close contact with symptomatic people.
2.Wear Masks&Wraparound Glasses
If you have to go out in public, then you could consider using a good quality medical mask that will give you a degree of protection. Now this virus gets in through the eyes at the nose the mouth the mucous membranes potentially even the genital mucous membranes potentially. But mostly the eyes the nose. So given that they can get in through the eyes then it's a good idea to wear wraparound glasses, if we're in an area where people are coughing and breathing and potentially spluttering over us, that will also give some more protection from the condition.
Now another thing about this viruses is when people cough and sneeze, the virus out and what this will mean is the virus will settle on surfaces.So the virus will just settle on the surface there and you'll end up with lots of viruses on the surface like that on the surface of your table or on handles or in public places in shop counters, anywhere like that. And then it can probably survive there for quite a few days. Maybe up to five days then you come along and you get it on your hands. Now it won't go through the skin in your hands, it's got to go through the mucous membranes, but you always doing that all this you know very often without realizing it. We're putting our hands to our mouths to our nose to our eyes and that will spread the virus from a surface where someone has coughed or sneezed it on. So that's another point about this and that's why this becomes so important.
When you're outside you could wear gloves and take them off when you come into the house, but we need meticulous hand hygiene so we need to wash our hands very thoroughly. So thorough hand hygiene is very important.
4.Boost Your Immune System
Now whenever I ring up the hospital they always say don't come and visit us, because you've probably got an Infection. Even now because it's wintertime and it's seasonal flu time, so avoid hospitals visiting if you can.If you work in hospitals of course it's different. Now whether you get an infection or not depends on whether you're exposed to the virus, how virulent the virus is, and how good your immune system is.
So anything you can do to boost your immune system is going to be a good thing. Now if you take extra vitamins and protein tablets and mineral tablets whatever, that's not going to boost your immune system unless you were deficient in one of those dietary components.So as long as you're fairly well nourished and think about your nutrition,think about your fruit and vegetables, think about the flavonoids you're getting, think about the vitamin C that you're getting. Because if you're deficient in these things that can reduce the efficiency of the immune system, protein deficiency can reduce the efficiency of the immune system. So we're thinking about all of these things.
Now generally we want to keep warm because you know that colds and flu and spread it in colder weather part of the problem is that in the cold the viruses can live for longer, and there's less humidity, so the virus is kind of float in the air for longer,we can breathe them in. And as well as that in winter you get a cold runny nose and that reduces the blood supply to your nose and that means less immune cells are going to. So if you're cold, you're more likely to get Infection.When we go out on a cold day, we normally wrap up and a body temperature is able to to maintain normally, but keep warm and keep your nose warm if you can and that will also help your personal immune system.
6.Thoroughly Cook Meat and Eggs
Then it could potentially get into animals,so in that case thoroughly cook meat and eggs at the moment. If you start to feel ill with the fever but remember if you've been exposed to the virus you might be feeling fine for up to two weeks 10 to 14 days. We currently think before you start to feel ill and in that time it can spread to a lot of people,which is going to perhaps in fact be the main reason why this might spread.