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What is coronavirus & how can you prevent it?

The outbreak of Coronavirus is spreading throughout the world at a rapid pace. To prevent infection and spread of the disease, avoid close contact with people, cover your mouth and nose at all times, avoid eating from plastic containers and seek medical help if you develop any symptoms.

By now, we must all be aware of Coronavirus and how deadly the disease is. To educate the uninformed, Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a very contagious viral disease that can spread from person-to-person. This means that the virus can easily be transferred to you through close contact with the possible carrier.

In the early stages, common signs of Coronavirus infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection and spread of the disease include regular hand washing, wearing a mask or covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and thoroughly cooking meat before eating. Most important of all, avoid close contact with anyone who has symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

How to prevent Coronavirus?

1. Wash your hands frequently

To prevent any contamination, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with antiseptic soap. Washing hands thoroughly can prevent both infections and the spread of the disease.

Wash your hands frequently

2. Maintain social distance

To avoid infection from airborne viruses, try to maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is showing symptoms of the disease. The virus can travel through the small droplets when people sneeze or cough and can enter your body as you inhale.

Maintain social distance

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Your hands touch many surfaces throughout the day. There is a chance that one of those objects may contain the virus. Once your hand picks up the virus it is easy for the virus to enter your body when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. To avoid infection, keep your hands away from your face until you wash them thoroughly.

4. Practice respiratory hygiene

Follow good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze as it prevents the spread of the disease. Put on a face mask to cover your mouth and nose when you step outside your home. If you are using a tissue to wipe your mouth and nose, throw away the used tissue immediately in the trash. Following these routines can prevent you and the people around you from the disease.

Protect others from getting sick

5. Visit your nearest healthcare clinic if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus like cough, fever, and breathing problems, seek medical care immediately and follow the instructions as suggested by your healthcare provider. If you are exposed to the areas where the virus is spreading, try to isolate yourself from your family members and the public. This way you can protect others from getting infected. You can also call national and local authorities to get the best advice.

6. Avoid eating in plastic containers

Studies found that human coronavirus can persist on surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days. Meanwhile, Aluminum surfaces can host the virus for two to eight hours. But unfortunately, plastic-made items are the ones that have the longest persistence out of the observed products with its two to nine days exposure to the virus. Make sure you drink from disposable paper cups and eat from eco-friendly biodegradable plates, especially when you are eating outdoors.

Avoid eating in plastic containers

7. Follow the advice given by your national healthcare authorities

Last but not the least; stay informed on the latest research and developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice provided by your healthcare provider, your national health authority on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The information provided by national authorities can help you take precautions before it’s too late.

How to protect yourself if you have recently visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading?

If you begin to have mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, the first thing you can do is stay at home until you recover. Try to avoid contact with others even your family members and seek medical care to help protect you and others from COVID-19.

If you are having difficulty breathing, seek medical help immediately as this can be due to respiratory infection caused by COVID-19. Call your healthcare provider or national authorities in advance as they are well prepared to handle your condition and contain the spread.

As listed above, plastic food containers and plastic objects have the potential to host the virus for more than 5 days. If you are eating outside from the street vendors make sure you are served in biodegradable disposable plates and biodegradable paper bowls. Ecoware, the largest sustainable packaging company in India suggests people use bio-degradable and disposable products to prevent further spread of the disease. For more information on biodegradable products and how it helps to stop the spread of coronavirus, for more details visit www.ecoware.in

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