With the outbreak of the Corona Virus, COVID-19 early in the year, the world may be facing the biggest pandemic yet in recent memory as there are no well-known means to combat the virus but to place reliance on the body’s immune system to fight its own battles.
At the rapid rate the virus is spreading, with popular people like Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Sophie Trudeau amongst others, it certainly has given scores of world leaders and business owners alike sleepless nights. Tons of people are stuck on vacations and a host of others have had to self isolate while also practicing social distancing as advised by the WHO.
These are dire circumstances and as a business that cares about the wellbeing of everyone especially babies who can be extra vulnerable at this time, this piece is to tell you everything we know and safe practices you can adopt to keep you extra safe.
What is COVID-19?
The Corona Virus also regarded as Covid-19 is a virus strain that was first identified in the Wuhan province of China back in December 2019 and has since then spread to almost all countries in the world making it one of the most easily spread viruses in recent memory. Asides from contact with an infected person, it can also be contracted by touching surfaces that have been touched by infected persons or contagion through respiratory droplets.
Symptoms may include running nose, cough, fever, sore throat and in severe cases, breathing difficulties and more importantly is the fact that they do not in all cases manifest immediately which is why it is advised to self isolate for up to 14 days if you are coming in from a high-risk country or you have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
There is no FDA approved medication for Covid-19 neither do we have any vaccine in circulation yet. To help stay safe, here are some of the best-advised practices by medical practitioners, and the World Health Organization:
1. Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.
2. If you find yourself with any of the symptoms indicated above, check yourself into the nearest medical facility.
3. Practice social distances by maintaining at least 6 ft from the person next to you especially if they are coughing.
4. If you cough, cover your mouth with tissue then dispose of the tissue in a trash can properly or do it in your inverted elbow.
5. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as you can.
6. If you are unable to wash your hands due to the unavailability of soap and water, use sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content.
7. Frequently disinfect surfaces and household objects.
8. Keep your little ones especially babies safe by keeping an extra eye out for what they touch and nibble on.
As we strive to see an end to the spread of the virus, let us play our part in ensuring that we do not encourage or engage in unsanitary practices that may further encourage its spread.
Lastly, if you think you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, self isolate first to reduce the risk of your friends or family contracting the virus and then, get tested.
We care and we look forward to a healthy world!