In view of the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping the population, we would like to echo what the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging the people to do in order to flatten the curve.
We are aware that this is being repeated over and over again. But in light of the situation worldwide, we have to stick to our guns and propagate the message given out by Health Officials.
First of all, what is flattening the curve?
It is one way of telling that although there will be hundreds of thousands of infections happening, it doesn't all have to happen at once.
The health systems of most countries are working overtime and under great stress to care for the people who have contracted the virus and it is our duty and responsibility to do what we can to ease the burden on these real life heroes. Following precautions and staying indoors will mean that the virus will lose one more potential carrier with each individual that stays in isolation or distances themselves from others.
Second, STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
This goes back to flattening there curve statement as this step is the single most crucial aspect in that direction. Unless absolutely necessary, stay indoors and follow protocol for until notified otherwise by the WHO or your local authorities.
Steps to be followed by the public ( As published by WHO)
STEP #1 - Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
STEP #2 - Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
STEP #3 - Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
This step is of paramount importance as humans touch their at a great rate every waking minute.
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
STEP #4 - Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
STEP #5 - If you have Fever, Cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
STEP #6 - Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Additional steps to be followed
- Share latest facts and AVOID HYPERBOLE
- Follow the news on latest COVID-19 updates
DON’T spread rumours - To avoid spreading rumours, always check the source you are getting information from
- Follow accurate public health advice from WHO and your local health care authorities
- Show solidarity with affected people
- Show empathy with those affected
STOP spreading hate and propaganda
- Adopt every practical measures to STAY safe
Remember, we as a collective, are only as strong as our weakest link. So, let's stop thinking about ourself for once and think about the entire community. Follow the guidelines and do your part. Because together we can WIN this WAR.