COVID-19 Transmission and Basic Protective Measures
COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets. You can also get it from contaminated surfaces in public places. It can linger in the air for minutes and on surfaces for several days. These viruses can infect people in areas with poor ventilation.
Since direct contact is the rampant cause of the transmission, maintain social distancing when going outside for work and errands. Wear your facemask and other protective equipment if you work in Hospitals and other facilities that cater to COVID patients.
Protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19 with the following tips:
- Wash your hands frequently and disinfect using alcohol-based sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes without washing your hands.
- Going outside for unnecessary activities is not advisable for people who have underlying diseases and comorbidities.
- Avoid non-essential travels during the pandemic as it increases your risks of getting and spreading the virus.
- Avoid contact with someone who has symptoms of a viral infection. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid releasing droplets in the air.
- Inviting people to your home without an essential purpose is not advisable as it increases the risk of transmission. Protect the people with comorbidities around you by constant disinfection and proper waste disposal.
- Get vaccinated.
Most studies show that outdoor activities with ventilation are safer than close areas such as places of worship, shopping mall, restaurants, and amusement parks. So, consider taking outdoor activities than hosting a celebration in an enclosed place.
When and how to do the proper handwashing?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Proper handwashing is essential after spending time in public areas or after coughing and sneezing.
When will you wash your hands?
- Before you eat or when you prepare your foods.
- Before and after using the restroom
- Before and after using your facemasks
- Wash your hands when you are in charge of a sick family member.