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Top Tips To Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus Amid Pandemic

A few days ago the U.S. Surgeon General described the COVID-19 pandemic as a repetition of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, so that people can brace themselves for what lies ahead. Before that, Trump said that the government had enlisted the support of the Armed Forces to help them respond more effectively to the unprecedented medical crisis. 

The army helped convert the Javits Convention Center into a hospital that they now guard in New York City. In light of these developments, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged people to take every precautionary measure possible on an individual basis. 

While medical devices such as ventilators, testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 respirators are in shortage, the number of cases continue to rise. As of Tuesday, 386,587 cases and 12,275 deaths have been reported in the U.S. 

Taking personal care of yourself is the safest bet against this disease wreaking havoc on mankind. It is our personal responsibility to flatten the curve by following some of the tips reiterated by medical practitioners. Some of them are as follows: 

Cover Face With Cloth While Stepping Out

The CDC recently updated its recommendations to suggest that people should cover their face with a mask when they go grocery shopping for essentials. This is because new evidence shows that a significant portion of asymptomatic people are also being diagnosed, making it impossible to know who exactly is contagious. 

Since N95 respirators are not easily available, the agency said that people should fashion a wearable mask or face-cover out of any cloth material found at home. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrated how this can be done in this 45-second video using a T-shirt and rubber bands. 

Practice Social Distancing 

Irish physician Dr. Ciara Kelly advised people to stay at a two meter (or six foot) distance from people other than those you live with. “The more distance you put between yourself and people, the better, at the moment for a short period of time," Kelly said. 

Wash Your Hands, Never Touch Your Face

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as often as possible, especially if you go outside and come back in. Do not keep touching your face while being in contact with objects that could potentially house the virus on various surfaces. 

Cover Your Cough 

Cover your cough in such a way that it cannot reach another person. You can cough into your elbow to do this. Droplets that come out of a person with COVID-19 who cough and sneeze could spread the disease far and wide.  

Exercise 

“If you do some exercise, more blood flow happens in your body and your immune system is churned into action. Even in older people, a tiny bit of exercise is sufficient," explained Professor Luke O'Neill, a leading immunologist. 

Washing hands Hand washing has been proven effective to help people reduce the risk of contracting or sharing diseases but many people still ignore its importance, especially when eating. Pixabay

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