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How does coronavirus spread?
The exact dynamics of how the virus is transmitted is yet to be determined but in general respiratory viruses are usually spread from one person to person happened to be standing at a distance of about 6 feet of close contact and thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets production when the previously infected person coughs or sneezes which seems similar to how the other respiratory pathogens spread. The droplets on taking landing on the mouths or noses of people standing nearby can possible be inhaled in the lungs but it remains still unclears that whether a person is effected by this exclusive virus through touching their mouth, nose or their eyes. Typically people are considered to be highly contagious when they are most symptomatic and are sick however there has been reports of spread from an already infected patient to a close to with no symptoms but this easiness in the spread of contagious virus may vary which makes us learn more about its transmissibility, severity and the other associated features.
Protection measures for everyone
Chinese authorities and global experts have been working with WHO formed the day they were informed, and through this assistance, they are learning more about the virus, how it affects the sick people, how it is treated and what the countries can do to respond. WHO has advised the people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease?
For doing this, the staff is working by virtual means to follow the every possible guidance from the health officials. Certain self-assessment tools are there to help determining whether you should be tested for COVID-19. It is currently and mainly focused on individuals who have travelled outside the premises of the country under effect or the ones who had contact with someone diagnosed as having this virus or more closely has developed its symptoms.
If possible, make a coronavirus assessment
Some of the online self-assessment tools for COVID-19 jumped towards millions of users within the specific days of being launched, such as B.C’s online self-assessment tool, people are starting to bring in use the toll-free line for all the mentioned non-medical information about the Coronavirus outbreak. These new services have taken some of the load off its overburden health lines which have been dealing with more than 4,000 calls per day and is still struggling hard in providing the authentic advice from nurses from all the medical conditions.
The coronavirus self-assessment tool in the form of questionnaire goes from a million of visitors in a single day every week, this web survey helps people know about their symptoms, risk factors and travel history and also provides them certain recommendations for further protection. This will also tell us whether we need further testing or assessment for COVID-19. Moreover, this could be completed by yourself or on other’s behalf, if they are unable to do it.
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home
The majority of COVID-19 illnesses are mild. A clinician can help guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person. Contact your primary care provider, like any doctor among your family. Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool. Contact any Oriento and speak with a registered nurse. Let them know that you have used this self-assessment tool.
If your symptoms require treatment
If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local emergency department. Call before you go and let them know you have used this self-assessment tool. Symptoms including fever, cough or difficulty breathing may develop during these 14 days. If you develop symptoms within 14 days, according to the previous report of Live Science, you should self-isolate and call Region of Public Health. Medical care is needed particularly for those who are elder or have underlying medical conditions, appear to be most at the risk of serious complications for COVID-19.
Take precautions during your visit to a doctor
It is better that before going to a doctor, call him ahead and let your physician know that you have COVID-19. This way, your healthcare provider can take necessary measures for preventing others at the office from being infected. You may also need to make your entrance through a separate door or visit an exclusive designated area according to the previous reports of live science. Avoid going to the people or meeting with those who seam sick to you. Keep a distance between you and the other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community area. This is exclusively important for the people who are at the higher risk of getting sick.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
You should 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.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Try covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough or use the inside of your own elbow.
Throw the already used tissue in a dustbin
Dispose off the tissue: Throw all the already used tissues into the dustbin. Dispose them off properly and do not use them again. Immediately wash your hands with a soap or a sanitizer and water for 20 seconds at the least. If any of the above mentioned things are not readily available, clean your hands with a sanitizer that contains 60 per cent alcohol amount.
Practice good hygiene
Wash thoroughly after use
After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
Do not Share
Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If water and soap are not available on the spot, it is far better to use a sanitizer which contains at least 60 percent of alcohol. Try to bring in cover all surfaces of hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Wash your hands with soap very often for at least the duration of 20 seconds especially after you are exposed to any public place or after your blowing of nose, coughing or sneezing.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.
- Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
- If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.
- Clean and disinfect the household items: High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
- Household cleaners and disinfectants: clean every household item with soap and water with a sanitizer or detergent if it is not clean. It is far better to use a household disinfectant.
- The mentioning of safe and secure usage of product. Make sure the instructions written on the detergents for households have the mentioning of safe and secure usage of product like germ killing, wearing gloves on hands or having a good ventilation.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek clinical assessment:
You should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone if you feel the following symptoms:
- Cough, mild fever and difficulty in breathing
- Fatigue, muscle aches, runny rose, sore throat or diarrhea
- Among the young children symptoms might appear to be non-specific such as lethargy and poor feeding
If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please visit your local emergency department. Call before you go and let them know you have used this self-assessment tool.
You should remain at home in self-isolation until you have been symptom free for 24 hours or it has been 10 days since you developed symptoms, whichever is longer
Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.