As we all know well, the coronavirus has become a threat that has spread throughout the world and has even become a pandemic according to the World Health Organization. This virus, characterized by its rapid evolution, still hides many unknowns regarding its nature and even its contagion. However, compared to other similar infections, it is most likely that its transmission occurs through contact with secretions that generate coughs or sneezes from patients. In the same way that the flu, since they share symptoms, it also poses a risk for the older population segment, or those who have underlying health issues.
The coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days. That is, the time that elapses from when we are exposed to the virus until we show the first symptoms can be at least two weeks, and this is when the virus can spread, although there are articles that suggest that it can be transmitted without presenting previous symptoms.
The health authorities have developed a series of recommendations to prevent its spread and therefore its contagion and that anyone can apply in their daily life.
The use of masks
Although they are not necessary for healthy people, they are truly important for those who are infected and for their carers, since they prevent the transmission of the virus. That is why we should not panic and misuse these elements that are essential for the sick.
Cover when sneezing and coughing
This is something we have always done, but by doing it by hand, we are facilitating the spread of the virus. To avoid it when we cough or sneeze we must use a disposable handkerchief that we would throw away immediately after use, if we did not have a tissue then it’s suggested to use your the forearm to protect when coughing or sneezing.
When we meet sick people, that is, those who show symptoms such as fever, cough or sneeze, it would be advisable to keep a safe distance of one meter to minimize the risk of contagion.
Hygiene is the key
Hygiene is always important, but in this situation we must make this feature even more extreme. We should wash our hands frequently with soap and water for a time of at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching our eyes, mouth and nose as this helps to catch fewer infections.
When should we go to the doctor if we think we are infected?
If we present symptoms such as fever, tiredness or a dry cough, we must take into account if we have been in contact with a case of coronavirus, if we have travelled to a region where positive cases have occurred or if we have been in a hospital with such patients. If so, we should stay at home and contact the NHS Helpline phone number 111 and the health services will assess our state of health.
By following these measures, we can help reduce the spread of this virus and help reduce the risk to not only us but our family, friends and work colleagues.