Coronavirus: How to Protect Yourself From Virus Diseases?

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At present, we do not know how dangerous the new Coronavirus is. Many incorrect comparisons are made with the usual seasonal flu, but it is only afterward that we can make sensible comparisons when there is currently insufficient data.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Early symptoms, which appear after 2-14 days from exposure, are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing?

If you get these symptoms, and you have been traveling from a place with disseminated Coronavirus disease or been in contact with an infected person, call the Care Guide 1177. Do not go to a health care center! Call instead. The care guide gives you detailed instructions on how to test and where to go.

Risk groups

Most people affected by the Coronavirus become mildly ill. These should be isolated in the home after talking to the Care Guide.

The older people there, the greater the risk of being seriously ill or dying. If you have any other underlying diseases, the risk of fatal outcome increases significantly.

The highest mortality rate according to a Chinese study appears to be people with cardiovascular disease, 10.5 percent, followed by diabetes, 7.3 percent. Thereafter, chronic respiratory illnesses, hypertension, and cancer followed, all of which had a mortality rate of between 5 and 6 percent.

In particular, it should be mentioned that smokers seem to be over-represented among both serious cases and among dead people. If you have not stopped smoking already, this is a very good reason to do it now. It can literally save your life!

Protection against visual diseases

There are no drugs that kill viruses, as there are for bacterial diseases. At present, there is also no vaccine against the new Coronavirus. The likelihood of suffering from Coronavirus is therefore quite high. The best thing we can do is to avoid a major outbreak similar to that in northern Italy.

The coronavirus seems to be a “drip infection” that infects you through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Then it is easy to think that a mouth guard is good protection against the virus, but it can even be the opposite! However, a mouthguard can be a good reminder not to poke your nose or mouth/eyes, something we all do without thinking about it.

The most important and effective is to have very good hand hygiene. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash between fingers, fingertips/nails and even up your arms. Wash your hands before eating, when you’ve been out, and when you’ve greeted someone. Use hand sanitizer as a complement.

If you are right-handed, take the habit of opening doors, pressing ATM code and the like with your left hand. Wear gloves (which you often wash) when in metro/buses / similar environments. Do not eat food or sweets with your hands. Don’t health by taking care.

Avoid infected persons. This means avoiding crowds, especially indoors. Avoid places where infected people may want to apply – pharmacies and medical clinics are two typical places to avoid. Order prescription drugstores online instead of in-store. Shop food rarely – instead buy a lot of food at one time.

You need to plan for a certain measure of “prepping”, ie preparation for being able to survive at home in any kind of quarantine for 14 days. If you are addicted to medicines, make sure you always have a stock of these at home, so you can last at least 100 days (medicines can end at the pharmacy in the event of a crisis)! Have a layer of common pain tablets at home, type Ipren, so you don’t have to go to a pharmacy for a common headache or cold. Keep a store of groceries at home in the form of preserves and dry goods – especially pasta and rice can last a very long time.

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