How To Ensure One’s Own Safety During COVID-19 Crisis

The sudden outbreak of the Novel Disease of COVID-19 has urged the world to turn down, in front of its up-roaring wake.
The Corona virus is a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

This new virus and the disease were unknown before its outbreak in Wuhan, China, back in December 2019, from which onwards it began spreading even faster than the forest fires, destroying countless lives and disrupting the world’s economy at large.

The disease, now being the new norm, has made the people deal with it in the manners guided by the official bodies and organizations. Now the world have started living with it ensuring one’s own safety.

There are many precautionary or protective measures for tackling COVID-19; but the most common ones which every other being follows or rather should follow at individual levels, are as follows :-

* One needs to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly, to keep them clean.
* One should use an alcohol based hand rub or soap and water.

Why - 

Washing hands with soap and water or by using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be upon our hands.


* All of us needs to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between oneself and everyone/anyone. Maintain more distance if you notice more symptoms likewise coughing or sneezing.

Why -
When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If we are too close, we can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person is infected with the same.

* One needs to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

Why -
Hands touch many surfaces and thus are likely to pick up viruses easily and unknowingly. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth, from where, the virus can enter our body and can thereby infect us with the disease.

* All of us must learn to wear mask as one of our daily accessory along with our clothes and shoes. If, needed one can also add on a face shield and hand gloves and PPE kits for their own convenience.

Why -
By wearing mask we can prevent ourselves from touching our mouth even at the farthest of our unconsciousness. By putting on the additional accessories we can prevent the touch in our entire body. This ensures double safety from the deadly virus as it transmits mainly through touch.


* We must make sure that not only us, but also the people around, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering one’s mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when we cough or sneeze. Then ofcourse one must dispose off the used tissue immediately.

Why -

From droplets the spread of the novel virus occurs the most. By following good respiratory hygiene one can protect themselves and the people around them from the virus. 

* We must ensure staying at home unless emergency barges in. Also, if one feels unwell of any kind, that is, feverish, cough and cold, breathing trouble, or anything likewise, then they must stay indoors first and then seek medical attention and call in advance in the authorized helpline numbers allotted for the same.

Why -
Staying indoors will prevent the spread of the virus, if affected with, in one’s locality or neighbourhood. Next on, calling in advance will enable the health care providers to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will in the end protect the spread of the virus and infection.


* Keeping yourself up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities, government sites, etc. will enable oneself to remain aware of the growing and changing situations around them.

Why -
Local and national authorities are best for advising on what you and the people in your area should be doing to protect oneself and help curb the further spread.

Thus, in this global pandemic one can contribute most to the society around, by abiding to the above norms, in their daily routined lifestyles.


-Arthita Ray

An undergrad student of Amity University Kolkata. An avid orator, anchor, creative writer, singer, debater and a movie and sports buff. Based in Kolkata. Have work experience with The Telegraph, Friends FM and GreyMatters Communcations.

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