As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse day by day. Being an underprivileged country, Pakistan lacks the medical facilities that are the need of the hour.
Our hospitals do not have the capability to handle a pandemic. In such a situation, it’s time for us to show some sense of responsibility. We should start taking precautions that the Govt. of Pakistan and WHO has instructed.
No medical treatment, medicine, or vaccine has developed so far to cure coronavirus disease. Yet, we only have to follow some precautionary measures to safeguard ourselves and others during this pandemic.
The following are some precautions one must follow.
Wash your Hands for 20 Seconds
The first and foremost precaution, on which all the medical advisers stress the most, is washing your hands. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water at least for twenty minutes.
Rub your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if the water is not available.
Washing your hands may kill many bacteria and viruses that you might be carrying on your hands.
Wear a Mask
Cover your face and nose with a face mask. If a face mask is not available, cover your face and nose with a clean piece of cloth.
Covering your face may prevent you from getting an infection if you are healthy. And, in case if you get infected, by wearing a face mask you can save others from catching the infection.
Avoid Touching your Face,
Our hands get contaminated easily as they touch so many things. Coronavirus may get an entry into our body from our eyes nose, mouth, and ears when we touch our face with contaminated hands.
A study shows that on average, a person touches his face 26 times in an hour. Reducing the habit of touching your face can protect you from the virus. Besides washing your hands frequently, also make a habit of not touching your face, nose digging, rubbing your eyes, and ear canal.
Maintain Social Distance
Maintain at least one meter or six feet of social distance. Coronavirus can enter your body if you are too close to a COVID-19 patient. If that person sneezes or coughs, he can transfer the virus to you by small droplets. That you can inhale and get the infection. Moreover, avoid visiting crowded places. Try to stay at home most of the time.
Cover your Face when Sneezing or Coughing
We call it good respiratory hygiene when we cover our face and nose while sneezing or coughing.
Use a tissue paper and discard it into the bin properly. Or sneeze and cough into your elbow to protect others.
Stay Physically And Mentally Fit
Being at home or in quarantine doesn’t mean that you can not maintain your physical and mental health. Play different indoor games with your kids and family. You can also stock a variety of board games.
Spend this quarantine time with healthy activities. Draw, paint, sing, or do whatever you enjoy the most.
Read and watch healthy content. Stay positive. Do light exercises and stretches.
Boost your Immunity
The only weapon we have to fight against corona is our immunity. Drink warm and pure milk daily. Have fresh fruits and vegetables. Take immunity-boosting foods and supplements. Eat healthy food and avoid canned, processed, or junk food.
Wash meat, vegetables, and fruits thoroughly with running water before use. Do not eat undercooked meat or eggs.
Disinfect your Home
Create a healthy environment at your home by disinfecting your home. Use alcohol-based wipes. Or you can also use products with hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium, or sodium hypochlorite. (Read instructions carefully before using the products)
Why we Need to Take Preventions
In Pakistan, coronavirus is getting closer to its peak day by day. And we, as a nation, instead of trying to pull the graph down, trying to make it hit its peak sooner before the time it could do.
Being a responsible citizen, it’s our duty to try to save ourselves as well as our fellows. This could only be possible if we strictly follow the SOPs and take necessary precautions.