Hi there! I would like to share with you today some safety and preventive measures on how to avoid catching the Corona Virus Disease 2019, or what we all know as the COVID-19. I am not an expert in any manner but I do have some friends and acquaintances from the Medical field who consistently share their tips and tricks on how to stay protected against this deadly virus. In this post, you’ll find the following:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Basic Safety Tips
- Protect Others from Getting Sick
- How to Wear Surgical Masks Correctly
Everything indicated in this post were obtained from WHO, DOH, and from colleagues and will be credited accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What is COVID-19?
It is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The COVID-19 is different from the coronaviruses that usually circulate among humans and cause mild illness, such as common colds.
It is coined as the COVID-19 from “coronavirus disease 2019”. It was previously known as “2019-nCoV”.
The succeeding FAQs were obtained from this link:
How severe is COVID-19 Infection?
Preliminary findings indicate that the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 20-30 per thousand people diagnosed. This is significantly less than the 2003 SARS outbreak. However, it is much higher than the mortality rate for seasonal influenza.
How (easily) does the COVID-19 spread?
here is not enough scientific information at this time to determine how easily and sustainably this virus spreads between people, but it is currently estimated that, on average, one infected person will infect between two and three more. The virus seems to be transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets that people sneeze, cough, or exhale. The virus can also survive for several hours on surfaces such as tables and door handles.
The incubation period for COVID-19 (i.e. the time between exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms) is currently estimated at between two and 14 days. At this stage, we know that the virus can be transmitted when people who are infected show flu-like symptoms. It is currently believed that people who are infected but who do not show symptoms cannot transmit the virus.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection?
It causes mild, flu-like symptoms such as:
More serious cases develop severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and septic shock that can lead to death.
Is there a treatment for the COVID-19 disease?
There is no specific treatment for this disease, so healthcare providers treat the clinical symptoms (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing) of patients. Supportive care (e.g. fluid management, oxygen therapy, etc.) can be highly effective for patients with symptoms.
BASIC SAFETY TIPS: (sourced from this link)
Protect Others from Getting Sick: (same source)
How to Wear Surgical Masks Correctly
This is probably one of the most common debates I’ve seen online. In order to clarify and confirm the one and only correct method of wearing a surgical mask, I’m sharing with you this useful system devised by a Pre-Medical Student and fellow A’TIN (P-POP Group SB19’s fandom name) Mona Gonzales, as shared on her Twitter page. (Photos and information obtained with consent from Ms. Gonzales)
This Face Mask has 2 sides. The Colored Side & White Side. The colored part is Water Repellant. It should be facing out and the White Side absorbs our exhaled fluids. This side should be the one close your nose & mouth. Note: There is only ONE WAY of wearing this mask. Remember the “Colored Out; White In” precaution.
Make sure that the Earloops are properly attached so it would fit securely. See that metal strip? You have to “pinch” it (just like in the photo below) for snug fit.
Pull the lower part up to your chin. You can also use the “double mask” method especially for those in the medical field, when near patients.
You may also opt putting a Tissue/napkin Inside. However, some may find it hard to breathe. In such event, discontinue. A single layer of Face Mask will do. But ensure to change masks when necessary.
AVOID doing these (below photos) when you’re wearing a Face Mask.
Meanwhile, the following will show how to properly dispose your used Face Mask. Fold your “used” Face Mask into half, and fold it again one time making it 1/4. Roll it just like this leaving out the Earloops hanging outside.
Stretch out the Earloops and form into a “cylinder” shape by rolling. Don’t forget to lock the ends by inserting it under the “rolled in” part.
Lastly, throw it into the right garbage bin. (A YELLOW trash bag or trash can or labelled “Infectious”). At home, you should have a separate bag or bin for “Infectious” materials for sanitary purposes.
To conclude this post, I would also like to emphasize the relevance of strengthening your immune system. Keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure. Ensure to boost your immune system and fight of diseases by taking your Vitamin C everyday. At the moment, I’m taking Forever Living’s Absorbent-C, formulated for the body to maximize absorption so that Vitamin C can perform its role for our body. If you’re in the Philippines, you can visit their Instagram Page here and get a 10% off when you use my code SCLASSIE10. But of course, you can take whatever Vitamin C supplement works for you.
So there you go guys, I hope this post can be of help somehow. Let us not have fear overcome us and stay vigilant, safe and hygienic at all times. God bless and keep safe!