As the COVID-19 outbreak wreaks havoc across the world, the federal and provincial governments, in collaboration with the armed forces of Pakistan, are putting in their best efforts to contain the spread of this contagious disease. Some of the major cities across Pakistan have now gone under either complete or partial lockdowns upon the directives of the authorities. With the closure of public places, including restaurants, shopping centres, educational institutions, and public/private offices, social activities have been restricted across the country. Amidst this pandemic, we should also try our best to act responsibly and take all necessary precautions. To do so, we can simply start with following the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines that highlight the basic protective measures. So, let’s learn more about these precautionary tips for the coronavirus outbreak by WHO through this blog.
Precautionary Tips for the Coronavirus Outbreak by WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has come up with some basic protective measures against COVID-19 that have been listed as follows:
- Wash Your Hands Frequently
- Maintain Social Distancing
- Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth
- Maintain Respiratory Hygiene
- Seek Medical Care Immediately If You Show Any Symptoms
- Stay Informed and Follow Advice of Your Healthcare Provider
Now, let’s discuss each of the above-given pointers in detail.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
One of the most important precautionary tips for the coronavirus outbreak by WHO is about the cleanliness of hands. Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to kill viruses or other types of bacteria that may be on your hands. Since hand sanitisers are not easily available in the markets these days due to a recent jump in their demand, you can follow these tips to make your own hand sanitiser with the help of some basic ingredients.
Maintain Social Distancing
Avoid going to the parties, large gatherings, and other forms of social events to prevent the spread of the virus. You should maintain at least a distance of 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and the person you’re interacting with, just to be on the safe side. Some of the key things to bear in mind regarding social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak include:
- A distance of at least 3 feet to be maintained between two people
- Avoid attending large gatherings
- Don’t go out unnecessarily
- Use online mediums instead of face-to-face meetups
- Work-from-home if its that necessary
- Don’t visit food/shopping outlets, order online instead
- Opt for cashless transactions instead of visiting banks
Take a look at our blog to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of practicing social distancing.
Note: The State Bank of Pakistan, in a recent development, has ordered all the banks across the nation to waive off charges on online transactions, which means now you can easily transfer funds, pay bills and enjoy mobile top-ups through the online portal of your respective bank during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth
You touch different types of surfaces from your hands due to which they pick up viruses. If contaminated, your hands can get the virus or bacteria transferred to your eyes, nose or mouth. These are the points from where the virus can easily enter your body and make you sick. However, wearing gloves is another way to keep your hands germ-free, especially when you are going out.
Maintain Respiratory Hygiene
Following the good respiratory hygiene practices is one of the basic protective measures against COVID-19 disease. Cover up your mouth and nose with a mask, in case if you don’t have one, use your bent elbow or tissue. Be extra careful and do whatever you can to contain the harmful fluids and bacteria that you spray into the air while coughing and sneezing, once done wipe it up thoroughly with a tissue paper and dispose of it after one use.
Seek Medical Care Immediately If You Show Any Symptoms
Get yourself prepared for home quarantine. In case you feel unwell, stay indoors. If you show any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, try seeking medical attention immediately and follow the directions of your local health authority. The aforementioned symptoms have also been verified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). You can also dial 1166, which is the government’s helpline for medical assistance, to seek guidance regarding any health emergency in this regard and fetch info about medical facilities that you can visit for coronavirus testing in Pakistan.
On a side note, take a look at some medical facilities where you can go for coronavirus testing in Pakistan depending on your region of residence.
Stay Informed and Follow Advice of Your Healthcare Provider
Go for only the authentic sources of information such as government websites, WHO portals and other well-reputed medical institutions to stay up-to-date with the latest developments about the COVID-19 outbreak. Strictly adhere to the advice of your healthcare provider to take care of your health and play your part to prevent the spread of the virus.
Cleaning Tips To Prevent Coronavirus at Home
To protect yourself and your household members from falling sick, here are a few measures you need to take to make sure you maintain a clean and virus-free lifestyle at home.
- Disinfect the most-touched surfaces frequently
- Handle the laundry of a sick person carefully
- Wash all your clothes in warm water
- Cover your hands with gloves when cleaning
- Use disinfectant spray
- Clean the touch screens of your mobile phones
For more details on the above-mentioned pointers, read our blog on cleaning tips to prevent coronavirus at home. Meanwhile, you can also take a look at our blog in which we have talked about some useful tips to travel safely during a pandemic.
Now that we have discussed all the important precautionary tips for the coronavirus outbreak by WHO, it’s time for us to wrap up this piece. We hope these measures will help you and your loved ones stay protected against the virus. Don’t forget to share these tips among your social circle for the safety and wellbeing of others.
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