A little cough or “a harmless cold” is now enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. But remember, not every cold or cough is a coronavirus infection.
If you have a regular bout of flu or the common cold, don’t panic. Instead, take these additional precautions that can help contain the spread of any respiratory virus and enable you to recover faster.
There’s no more important piece of advice to avoid infecting others or jeopardizing your immunity. Order in supplies, have family members run errands, and either take a leave of absence at work or request to be allowed to work from home. This will also allow you the time you need to rest and recover faster.
Clean Your Hands Often
- Wash your hands every time you sneeze, cough, use the toilet, before preparing or eating your food.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
Learn The Right Way To Cough Or Sneeze
Sneeze or cough into your own bent elbow or a tissue which you should immediately dispose of after using it. Practice this even if no one is around because by not covering your mouth, the droplets could land on tables, chairs, and countertops touched by others in your home. Use a mask when you’re around anyone else.
Maintain Social Distancing – Even At Home!
It’s easy to let your guard down at home. However, it is important to stick to the social distancing guidelines laid down by the WHO even at home when you’re ill. Keep a distance of at least 3 feet between you and other family members so that they aren’t at risk of being infected by your coughs and sneezes.
Disinfect Your Home
Use disinfectants to clean your home and wipe down surfaces. Doorknobs, bathroom taps, gadgets like phones/tablets/laptops, switches, countertops, and toys are especially likely to be contaminated due to frequent usage. If you’re unwell, this becomes especially important.
Help Your Body Heal
Do what you would with any other illness and help your body heal. Get 7–8 hours of sleep, manage stress with relaxation techniques, drink lots of fluids, and eat healthy nutritious food.