Zimbabwe: How to Protect Yourself and Others from the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to stay safe, here is a quick, easy-to-follow guide on how to protect yourself, your loved ones, your community and others.

The following information has been put together using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization as valuable resources. I recommend you check these reputable health institutions often for updates (you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram as well).

Prevention

Prevention is better than cure, and with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being a disease that doesn’t have one, prevention is even more important that ever.

WASH YOUR HANDS

Wash your hands using soap and running water and make sure to scrub them for at least 20 seconds. WASH THEM OFTEN. Use hand sanitizer(Make sure ingredients list 60% alcohol minimum) as a last resort.

  • Wash them before, during, and after preparing food;
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing;
  • Wash them before eating;
  • Wash them after using the toilet;
  • Wash hands are visibly dirty;
  • Wash them after handling animals or animal waste
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; hands can transfer the virus into your body through your eyes, noise or mouth;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces;

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SELF-QUARANTINE

  • Limit close contact from others as much as possible;
  • Keep away from people who are sick unless you are their caregiver;
  • If you have to interact with sick people, maintain at least 2 metre (6 feet) distance between you and anyone that is coughing and sneezing. When people sneeze or cough, they can spray virus droplets, this distance could protect you from breathing them;
  • Avoid large gatherings such as weddings, school, funerals, parties, clubbing, church etc.;
  • If you can avoid unnecessary travel please do and limit it to essential travel such as grocery shopping, medical help, or work (if working from home is not an option);

KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND BODY HEALTHY

Live the healthiest and most hygienic life you can given the resources you have.

  • Eat well: While understanding that we all do not have access to all the best and healthiest food out there, eat as healthy as you can. And also take your multivitamins if you have them, not as a substitute for healthy eating, but as something complementary to it.
  • Sleep well: Get good sleep and rest. Its no secret that there is a direct connect between good sleep and great health, and many studies show how lack of adequate sleep can have a negative impact on your physical well-being, especially when trying to ward off disease and illness.
  • Exercise (at home): In this gym obsessed world we live in, many forget you can easily workout at home, and you don’t need equipment to do so. From push-ups to sit-ups, squats to burpees, there is a lot you can do.

Protect Others If You Are Sick

Self-Isolation: If you feel you have been exposed to the virus or might be getting sick, separate yourself from those who are well. This means:

  • Avoid public places and spaces such as events, transportation, businesses, family gatherings etc.;
  • When at home, keep yourself in a separate and well ventilated room if possible and limit contact with other people in your household;
  • Keep yourself isolated until you have consulted with medical professionals;

Personal Hygiene: Practice good personal to ensure the safety and well being of others.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your upper sleeve or wear a mask, DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS;
  • Throw away used tissues;
  • Wash your hands as stated in the PREVENTION section;
  • Avoid spitting in public;
  • Do not share dishes and eating utensils;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces;

Seek Medical Help

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, but call your doctor, clinic or hospital ahead of time and tell them you have or may have Coronavirus (COVID-19). This will help to protect themselves and other patients, as well as you.

AGAIN, please educate yourself and others on what the virus is and how to stop its spread. And make sure to hold your friends and family accountable when it comes to living responsibly.

Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi

Recommended Resources: the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization

Kwapi Vengesayi is an Amazon bestselling author whose books explore captivating musings and thought-provoking conversations about love, relationships, life and our human experience. You can find his book on Amazon. You can also follow him on Twitter @kwapiv or subscribe to his blog at kwapiv.com

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