Preventing the spread of novel coronavirus

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AS a mother, I am concerned that our children can catch diseases such as the novel coronavirus in public areas. We must keep our children healthy.

A customer has lunch behind a transparent plastic panel setup on the table to isolate customers in hopes to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong, Wednesday.  AP

The World Health Organization said these are the things we need to do:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands.

• Practice respiratory hygiene. When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with tissue. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

• Maintain at least 1 meter or 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

When someone infected with a respiratory disease, like the novel coronavirus, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says we must:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay home when we are sick.

• Cover our cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.

A facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of the novel coronavirus in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected, CDC said.

The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility), CDC added.

CDC also recommends that we wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol — always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty, CDC said.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of viruses. Let’s all be safe.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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