5. Patients can heal
Although the coronavirus is worse than the flu, people with the virus can actually heal and get better. A report has revealed that more and more people infected with the coronavirus are getting cured. In fact, the percentage of cured cases is 13 times higher than deaths.
6. Children are comparatively safe
Symptoms of the virus in children are very mild and can in fact be negligible. It has been found that only 3% of individuals under the age of 20 have been infected. Moreover, mortality rate is 0.2% for people under the age of 40.
7. A disinfectant can wipe the virus
You can effectively wipe clean infected surfaces and objects within a minute with a disinfectant or cleaning spray containing the following ingredients:
- Ethanol (62-71% ethyl alcohol)
- Hydrogen peroxide (0.5% hydrogen peroxide)
- Sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach)
8. Vaccine prototypes are on the way
Currently, more than 8 scientific projects are being undertaken to find a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. According to a report, the University of Queensland, Australia has already announced it’s efforts to develop a prototype through “molecular clamp”.
How to stay safe during coronavirus outbreak
As of now, experts believe that COVID-19 has a high transmission rate and a low mortality rate. So it is crucial that we remain calm, cautious and take necessary protective steps to protect ourselves and our families from the new virus without panicking or losing our minds.
Here are a few guidelines from WHO that you can follow to keep yourself and your family members safe during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Wash your hands properly with soap for around 10-20 seconds as often as possible. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure you wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, going to the washroom and before dinner.
- Maintain and practice social distancing. Stay at least 3 to 6 feet away from any person who appears sick and is sneezing or coughing. A study by Imperial College London found that social distancing has the “largest impact” in preventing the spread of the virus.
- Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, mouth and nose as the virus can easily transfer to your face from your hands, once contaminated, and enter your body.
- Practice and maintain proper respiratory hygiene. Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or a tissue or your hands whenever you cough or sneeze as the virus spreads through droplets.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you feel sick or have fever or coughing and breathing problems.
- Keep yourself informed about the latest developments on the coronavirus outbreak and follow the advice offered by local and national public health authorities.
- Avoid shaking hands or direct physical contact with others, especially strangers. You may use elbow bump or fist bump instead.
- Press buttons or switches and open doors with your knuckles or use paper towels and disposable gloves.
- Eat nutritious food, exercise and get enough sleep to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
- Practice self-quarantine, work from home, if possible, and avoid public places until for the next 2 weeks.
- Avoid travelling to foreign countries and cancel travel plans that are not essential.
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Stay safe and don’t panic
Follow the steps laid down by the WHO and your national and local authorities to keep yourself safe. You also need to keep yourself updated on the latest happenings regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Educate yourself about COVID-19 as it will help you understand the virus better and understand exactly what you need to do, instead of panicking meaninglessly.
Information is power. Panic comes out of fear of the uncertain. When you have the necessary information to keep yourself and your family members safe, you will be better able to get through this without purchasing hundreds of toilet paper rolls unnecessarily. It is also important that you remain compassionate and do not discriminate against anyone who is sick.