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What is COVID-19, and How Do I Protect Myself From It?

COVID-19 is a new strain of the common cold spreading rapidly in recent months. The virus can be spread by coughing or sneezing, and it’s caused by a type of rhinovirus, one of the most common viruses to infect humans. If you want to protect yourself from COVID-19, there are several ways you can do so:

 

  • Get vaccinated with an anti-viral vaccine.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid people who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home when experiencing symptoms.

 

SARS coronavirus 2 (S-COVID2), a new virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, was identified as the cause for an outbreak in China. The disease is called CoVdisease 2019( COVID 19). It is a rare but severe virus that can lead to severe illness, disability, or death. The CDC has advised people at high risk of the virus to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. Learn more about COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself from it in this blog post.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a new pandemic sweeping through Asia. They call it COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control have sprung into action by posting updates about this on their website. The World Health Organization has released recommendations for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

How Does the Coronavirus Spread?

The COVID-19 virus can spread from person to person, but it has been shown that it mostly happens within about 6 feet or 2 meters of its infected carrier.

 

The virus can be spread through respiratory droplets released when someone infected coughs, sneezes, or talks. These tiny particles of air can land in your mouth by mere accident as you step next door to an ill friend who is contagious.

 

Infection from this type will not show itself right away- it usually takes between 2 and 14 days after exposure before symptoms begin emerging.

 

Some people believe that COVID-19 is airborne, which means it can transmit through the air and stay there for a while. It makes sense because tiny droplets or aerosols carry this virus around in environments with poor ventilation, like hospitals where doctors wear face masks when they work on patients’ chests near their lungs.

 

The virus can also spread if you touch a surface with the virus and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. The risk is low but could still happen, so be aware of what this means for you. The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms of infection. It is called asymptomatic transmission. Meaning these people don’t know they are carrying the disease and will pass it on to others without knowing anything about what’s happening inside their bodies.

 

You can get COVID-19 when someone is infected but hasn’t developed symptoms yet, called presymptomatic transmission. It means that they could give the virus to others before it’s too late and make sure your family gets sick too! It happens less than 1% of the time.

 

What can I do to Avoid Becoming Ill?

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In addition to getting vaccinated, you can reduce your risk of infection from COVID-19 and protect others by not spreading the virus.

 

The CDC and WHO recommend following these precautions:

 

  • Keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) of space between yourself and people outside your household. It will help keep you safe if they have any diseases that could spread, like flu or measles.

 

  • Avoid crowds and indoor places that have poor airflow (ventilation). You may want to consider going for a walk instead of taking some time out in your day if you are feeling stressed from work.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you’re not able to wash them, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% or more alcohol in it; this will help keep harmful germs away.

 

  • It’s a good idea to wear your mask in public places, especially when social distancing is difficult.

 

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or elbow, then throw away the used product. Clean your hands with soap immediately after coughing or sneezing because germs can live on exposed skin for up to 20 minutes before being washed off.

 

  • You should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because the germs on your hands can cause many problems.

 

  • Frequent hand-washes are the key to staying healthy and preventing infection. The best way for you and your loved ones is always a good old-fashioned scrub down with soap.

 

What can I do if I have or may have COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms or have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your health care provider for medical advice.

 

Your health care provider will likely recommend that you get tested for COVID-19. If symptoms of an emergency, such as trouble breathing, begin to surface, seek immediate treatment immediately and call ahead so others aren’t exposed to it.

 

Take the following precautions to avoid spreading the virus that causes COVID-19:

 

  • If you contact someone who has Ebola, stay home and avoid public areas. Get medical care if your symptoms progress significantly or do not improve within 21 days following infection.

 

  • Avoid public transportation, taxis, and ride-hailing services. They put you at risk of being mugged or worse.

 

  • Wear a face mask when you are around people and pets. It is to avoid breathing in any of their germs, which can make them sick too.

 

  • The importance of handwashing cannot be overstated. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or the virus could spread from you to someone else.
  • When you’re in quarantine, the house must be clean and free of other people or pets. It will help avoid infection by staying away from them while sick so they can’t get into what could worsen their illness.

 

  • If you can afford it, use a separate bedroom and bathroom for your guests.

 

  • It is important to avoid sharing dishes or anything else that can break. You should also make sure glasses are off-limits and not used as an excuse for roughhousing at night time.

 

  •  It’s essential to clean and disinfect surfaces often.

 

How to Boost your Immune System

The number one thing you can do to keep your immune system working is following general good-health guidelines. It includes eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercise, and maintaining an infection-free lifestyle in general.

 

Protect your body from environmental assaults and boost its immunity with healthy-living strategies such as these: 

 

  • Don’t smoke cigarettes, cigars, or weed. The adverse effects of smoking can be harmful to your health and cause you to lose years off the life span lost if not treated early enough with treatment.

 

  • The best way to stay healthy is by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits like oranges, apples, or bananas are good sources of Vitamin C which helps the body fight off infection.

 

  • Like a muscle, your body needs regular exercise to stay strong and healthy. Exercise can help you lose weight if done consistently over time, which will improve other aspects of life as well.

 

Let’s get fit for life. With the season changing, it may be time to re-evaluate your health. We’ve compiled a list of health and fitness advice to help you get in shape and stay healthy this season. Check out our post about healthy home remedies or read about how to avoid contracting covid 19 by boosting your immunity. Please help us spread the word so more people know these helpful tips. Share this article with friends and family who need some advice for staying healthy.

 

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Janice Scott
I’m Janice Scott, a former elementary teacher turned blogger and self-proclaimed food lover. The strong woman behind Health Home Remedy who loves to give her dogs, Sambo and Edgar, all the good doggo belly rubs in the world!

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