Due to thousands of cases documented across the globe, coronavirus is being described as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern with the amount of individuals infected predicted to rise over the coming months.
As the virus is most infectious during the incubation period, where often no symptoms are prevalent, The World Health Organisation has recommended the public to increase their hand hygiene to stop the virus from spreading further.
Coronavirus is easily spread through droplets from an infected persons coughs or sneezes. However, you can also catch the virus from droplets in saliva or liquid coming from the nose. There is also the chance that the virus can survive for three hours and remain on surfaces like metal for 72 hours.
All major health organisations have urged the public to practice exceptional hand hygiene, this includes using soap and water to clean dirt off of hands and hand sanitiser to disinfect them. If you are unable to access a sink or a faucet, the use of hand sanitiser is encouraged.
Using relevant data captured so far, it appears that the coronavirus recovery time for mild cases is approximately two weeks. Whereas patients experiencing more severe symptoms can take 3-6 weeks to recover.
Self-isolate for 7 days to see if any symptoms have developed. As now new research has emerged that many people could be asymptomatic, it is very important to maintain high standards of hand hygiene and social distance from others outside of your household.
The official advice is to self-isolate for 14 days from the moment symptoms begin to develop. If at any point your symptoms become more severe seek urgent medical attention.
Do not use ibuprofen, but use paracetamol to bring a temperature down. Currently, there is no cure and no antibiotics have been found to be successful in treating the disease.
The effects of coronavirus can vary case per case. However, those with mild symptoms tend to get over the disease very quickly and experience it just like a common cold, whereas some individuals may not develop any symptoms at all but being a carrier of the virus, and in the more severe cases patients are unable to fight the disease and die.
Face masks should be used only for medical professionals and the infected. However, new evidence is emerging that they are proving effective in preventing the transmission of the virus. This does not mean that diligent hand hygiene should be ignored.
Following the Government’s advice, you should only leave the house if absolutely essential. This includes shopping, exercising, providing a medical need for others, travelling to work if unable to work from home.
You are permitted to leave the house for medical appointments. Your GP may postpone your checkup if non-urgent. If there is an essential need to visit the doctor, you are allowed to do so.
It is more important than ever to practice diligent hand hygiene. This can be done by using soap and water to clean your hands from any dirt or debris and using a hand sanitiser to disinfect them.
Be aware when choosing hand rubs that not all of them work the same – hand sanitisers with containing alcohol of more than 60% will only be effective at destroying the virus.
You should disinfect your hands when: