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COVID-19 Protective and Preventive Measures

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), but while we are still waiting for a scientific breakthrough for COVID-19 preventive vaccine, there are things we must do to keep us, our family and everyone around us safe.

How COVID-19 can be spread:

  • COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • COVID-19 can also be spread by touching infected objects, then touching one’s face, nose, mouth or eyes with same hands without washing.

Take these below steps to protect yourself from COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently and Avoid touching your face

    Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Most especially after you have been in a public place and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. You can also use an antibacterial and antiviral soap.

    In a case where water and soap are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    Avoid touching any part of your face or head including your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands, and avoid touching and shaking other people.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    COVID-19 is found in high amounts in the nose and mouth. This means it can be carried by air droplets to other people when you cough or sneeze. It can also land on hard surfaces and stay there for up to 3 days.

    Use a tissue or sneeze into your elbow to keep your hands as clean as possible. Wash your hands carefully after you sneeze or cough, regardless.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash or use the inside of your elbow.

    Also, take social distancing seriously. It is of high essence that you maintain about 6 feet distance away from anyone coughing or sneezing.

  • Stay home and Wear a facemask (when around people) if you’re sick

    Self-quarantine if sick is of necessity and ensure to call your doctor if you have any symptoms for urgent medical care, wear a mask and let them know you may have COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care and wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

    If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). This is to prevent shortage supply of facemask and they should be saved for caregivers.

  • Clean and disinfect

    Use alcohol-based disinfectants to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, which includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, furniture, and toys.

  • Avoid Group Gathering

    Being in a group or gathering makes it more likely that you will be in close contact with someone. This includes avoiding all religious places of worship, as you may have to sit or stand too close to another congregant. It also includes congregating at parks or beaches.

Conclusion

While waiting for COVID-19 vascine scientific, keep the faith, fear not, stay home and observe all preventive measures to stay as safe as possible.

Get more COVID-19 updates for FREE at www.health.gov.ng, www.ncdc.gov.ng, www.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng, www.who.int and www.africa.cdc.org

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