First things first: Wash your hands properly!
The Global Community is now working together to prevent the further spread of the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which is now considered an international health crisis. Scientists and researchers in different countries are also making progress in the creation of possible cure and vaccine for the virus.
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and other renowned institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) are continuously reminding the public to follow preventive actions to prevent the spread of the virus. One of the simplest and most effective ways is by PROPER and REGULAR HANDWASHING. Be informed!
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
- You should wash your hands before or after you eat and cook, cough, sneeze or blow your nose, treat a wound, touch an animal, animal feed, or animal waste, handle garbage, use the comfort room or toilet;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Model good handwashing behavior and remind the others to always wash their hands; and
- Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in your community, in schools, workplaces, and health facilities.
Exercise this and other preventive actions such as practicing proper hygiene, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products, avoiding crowded places, avoiding close contact with anyone who has fever and cough, and avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals to reduce the exposure to and transmission of the virus.
Be informed! Stay protected! Together, let’s fight this deadly virus.
Reference: DOH, CDC, WHO