8 ways to protect against coronavirus

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How to keep yourself and your family safe? Discover with us!

We are listing here 8 ways to protect against coronavirus. Protect yourself and your family by following these simple rules. These can be the difference between a healthy indoor living, and disaster. Moreover, you will help Canadians and the government to contain the deadly epidemic that has put the world on its knees.

There has been more than 1400 confirmed cases across Canada. Good news is, the overwhelming majority of people will only get it and have mild symptoms. These people only need to stay at home and rest in order to recover.

Now that the government issued social distancing recommendations, you might share rooms with infected people. In order to stay safe, it is important to maintain hygiene standards and follow these simple 8 ways.

The 8 ways to stay safe

  • Set up a ‘quarantine zone’ in the house

This may be simpler for some houses which have a multitude of rooms. But also for those that have two or less rooms, consider setting up a quarantine zone within a room in order to make sure the virus can be contained even behind your four four walls. Be also sure to check out the common symptoms of COVID-19 to be prepared, in case someone feels sick.

  • Limit contact with your pets

This is probably the hardest rule to write of them all! But while there is no scientific evidence that animals or pets may carry the virus, it is important to take precautionary measures. Limit the cuddles and wash your pets frequently. Also consider having someone take care of your pets if you are displaying symptoms.

  • Designate a caregiver

A designated caregiver will make sure to wash hands frequently, wear protective masks and, if possible, gloves in order to make contact with the person who is displaying symptoms. The caregiver will also make sure not to touch their face with their hands, and should also consider reading official guidelines on how to treat the sick if indoors.

  • Isolate person with symptoms, if possible

Isolating a loved one can be a painful experience for both, but it might save both of you, especially if the loved one is an elderly person with previous pathologies and debilitated. If a person is sick but cannot be hospitalised, prepare a room for them only, limit contact of that person with other members of the family. Wear a mask and gloves when with them, do not touch your face and be sure both you and that person maintain good hygiene standards.

  • Don’t share food

This one is trickier: when spending so much time at home with our loved ones, we start to play constantly. Well, this is not a good idea when it comes to food. Avoid taking from the plate of a loved one or a child. This could spread the virus from you to them or from them to you. Most importantly, if you or somebody close to you have the virus, isolate that person, and when helping them eat be sure to wear a mask.

  • Maintain good hygiene, wash hands frequently

This one is the most important rule of all: good hygiene is essential. Clean the house, but most importantly wash yourself frequently and instruct your loved ones to do the same. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, at least once every two hours. Use common sense. Don’t eat before washing your hands, your vegetables and your dishes properly!

  • Extra-clean every surface and object

This goes without saying: clean more, clean better. The virus can survive on hard or soft surfaces for hours. This means that each one of us has to take extra care when handling objects continuously. Be sure to disinfect computer screens and keyboards, tv remotes, change bedsheets and towels at least once a week.

  • Consider only sending one person to buy essentials

As with the designated caregiver, it is absolutely essential to designate a person to resupply the house. Do NOT go as a group to buy groceries! This can endanger both your family and others if any of your family are asymptomatic. The designated buyer, when leaving the house to buy essentials, should always remember to maintain adequate distance between himself/herself and others. This applies also to friends and acquaintances.

So these are our 8 ways to limit contagion and the spread of COVID-19. Be smart and stay safe! COVID-19 can be successfully overcome if we all follow guidelines and wait. Let us all think about our health and the health of others, for our own common good.