Coronavirus: Be Safe. Be Informed.

Coronavirus: Be Safe. Be Informed. Be Proactive. Be Kind. Don’t Panic.

All over the news and social media, from memes to posts to official releases, everyone is talking about the Coronavirus, (COVID-19). We can agree that it has been a little devastating for all of us. It’s important to keep up with the important local and global updates, without overwhelming one’s self with negative news. Here is what you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Common signs of the now infamous virus have become publicized, with an emphasis on fevers, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. While in more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette.

How can you tackle this pandemic? Be Safe. Be Informed. Be Proactive. Be Kind. Don’t Panic.

Be Safe: By washing your hands regularly (with a time frame of 20 seconds) with any alcohol-based material or as simple as soap and water, that way you can ensure killing any virus. In order to battle it more effectively: avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth as once contaminated, you allow the virus to enter your body.

Be Informed: Practice respiratory hygiene, which essentially means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue paper when you cough or sneeze - then dispose of the used tissue paper immediately. Moreover, it’s important to keep track of world trends to beat this virus and see how you, as an individual, can adopt a behavior that might help keep you safe.

Be Proactive: Stay at home if you feel unwell, and if you feel like you’re experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, seek medical attention.

Be Kind: Partaking in self-quarantine, while overwhelming as it may seem, helps reduce the frequency of the virus spreading and putting a loved one or a stranger at risk. If you find yourself with the need to go outside, consider “social distancing” of at least 1 meter between yourself and anyone – especially if they might be coughing or sneezing in order to avoid breathing in any liquid droplets.

Don’t Panic: Amidst the uncertainty of the virus, many are resolving to panic buying in stores, which will result in a shift in the supply/demand ratio, increase in prices, and more importantly not everyone will have access to many of the essentials that they might need to carry on their daily lives.

While there seems to be a cloud of darkness with difficult events taking place - in what hopes to be only 2020 making a statement and then going to sit in a corner. Acts of love and positivity are taking over in relation to each individual’s decision to self-quarantine, share humor online, and create content that sparks a sense of community and familiarity with others. Even planet Earth is catching its breath, but more on that next month with how the Earth is making a comeback while humans take a break.

 

*All information in this article complies with World Health Organization

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Mariam Hatem - 01/04/2020

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