In the face of COVID-19, we have been reminded to take care of our health at all times to protect ourselves and others. So how do we protect ourselves?
First and foremost, wash your hands frequently and maintain good respiratory hygiene. Use soap or hand sanitizer to wash your hands under running water, and wipe them with disposable paper towels or a clean towel. Wash hands immediately after touching respiratory secretions (e.g. after sneezing). Maintain good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or towel when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Next, we should strengthen our constitution and immunity. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, work and rest regularly and avoid overfatigue.
We should also keep the environment clean and ventilated. Open the window for ventilation no less than 3 times a day, 20 to 30 minutes each time. When the outdoor air quality is poor, the frequency and time of ventilation should be appropriately reduced.
In addition, minimize activities in crowded places and avoid contact with respiratory tract infection patients. If you develop symptoms of respiratory tract infection such as cough, runny nose, fever, etc., you should stay at home and seek medical attention as soon as possible if the fever persists or your symptoms worsen.
Proper hand washing is one of the most effective measures to prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections. Therefore, we should master the correct method of hand washing. And when should we wash our hands? Before and after passing documents, after coughing or sneezing, before eating, after going to the bathroom, when your hands are dirty, after touching other people, after touching animals, after coming back from outside, etc.
What can we do if we don’t have clean water to wash our hands when we’re traveling? We can use alcohol-based disinfecting products to clean our hands. Coronaviruses do not tolerate acid or alkali, and are sensitive to organic solvents and disinfectants. 75% alcohol inactivates the virus, so alcohol-based disinfecting products at certain concentrations can be used as an alternative to soap and running water.
Moreover, the use and selection of masks are also very important. A disposable medical mask can be used when going out normally. N95 medical protective masks can be used in hospitals or crowded places. Wear them continuously for 4 hours and replace them immediately after contamination or humidity. Masks should also be worn through proper use, but not in a casual attitude.
Furthermore, we can also carry a small portable hand sanitizer or disinfectant spray when we go out to keep ourselves clean all the time. If you need to use those equipment outside, you can also use spray for simple disinfection. For example, Dr. Clo provides us with a special disinfectant stick that allows us to disinfect ourselves all day long, whether we’re at home or out.
What warning should we give to special people? When pregnant women wear protective masks, they should pay attention to their own conditions and choose products with better comfort. Elderly people and chronic patients with cardiopulmonary diseases may feel uncomfortable after wearing masks, or even aggravate their existing conditions. They should seek professional guidance from doctors. Children are growing and their faces are small, so protective masks should be chosen.
Epidemic prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Let us work together to control the epidemic so that we can return to the normal pace of life as soon as possible.