26 Mar 2020

COVID-19 and what you can do to help

Here are 5 small pointers on how you can do your part during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now I know a lot of you aren’t entirely concerned about the latest COVID-19 pandemic because you probably feel like it’ll blow over soon. But, compared to the virus’ like SARS, the spread of COVID-19 has definitely taken the world by storm.

According to Healthline, the outbreak of this illness has surpassed SARS- and it’s still going. As of March 25, there has been 423,667 cases and 18,912 deaths.

This is a big deal and we want you to play your part instead of doing TikToks. Together, we can fight this!

Here are five tips to ensure that you don’t get the virus and you play your part so nobody else does:

#1. Try your best to avoid crowded places!

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If there is no necessity for travel, try your best to stay at home/in school to avoid risk of contracting the virus! The virus transmits through droplets, which makes it very hard contain.

So, by following the new measures and staying home or congregating with less than 10 people you can play your part in being socially responsible!

There are so many different age groups within crowds and you never know but some of these people may have underlying conditions, making them more vulnerable.

Take this time to become the next TikTok star from your bedroom!

#2. Get a small bottle of hand sanitizer when you’re on the go!

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Since COVID-19 is spread through droplets and we can't help but touch many surfaces when we are outside, hand sanitizers will be useful! All it takes is a squeeze to kill the germs!

It can be special scented or just the regular sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs, either way, they keep your hands clean and reduces the risk of you transferring any virus or bacteria into your eyes, nose or mouth.

But remember to always wash your hands the minute you get home. Feel like nibbling on something? Wash your hands! Just pet a cute dog or cat? Wash your hands!

#3. Visit a Doctor ASAP if you’re feeling unwell!

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Initial symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath

Other symptoms: tiredness, aches, sore throat and runny nose

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please visit your nearest doctor for further checks. Call the clinic in advance to inform them of your symptoms so that if they do have spare rooms, they can prepare a room to isolate you from other patients. Oh, and remember, don’t doctor hop!

When Singapore had 160 cases, 38 cases out of the 160 had visited more than one General Practitioner clinic. Going back to the same doctor ensures that proper follow-ups can be done and the spread of virus can be contained.

#4. Don’t shake hands, simply flash a smile!

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All you have to do is flash a smile or wave! By avoiding the shaking of hands, you and your friend have already greatly reduced the chances of getting the virus. According to research done by the University of Colorado, we carry 3,200 bacteria from 150 different species on our hands! That’s a crazy amount which is why it is crucial at this point for us to avoid shaking hands or any other form of physical contact!

#5. Together, we are stronger!

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Yes, I realised that this statement is quite cringey but, it’s true! If we all practice social distancing, avoid shaking hands and all of the other pointers mentioned above, the situation will likely improve faster!

By following these steps, even if you are a carrier, chances of passing the virus to someone more vulnerable is much lesser!

Don’t do it because you have to, do it because you want to protect your loved ones and the vulnerable ones out there, there could be someone who might succumb to this virus and by playing your part, this person stays safe.

Posted by nEbO Admin on 26 Mar 2020, 5:00 pm
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