covid-19 – have you washed your hands?

It is no longer news that we have a global pandemic on our hands. The Corona Virus Disease – 19 – COVID-19 for short, has styled itself the great leveller of the century. Countries great and small, people great and small, all have proven susceptible to the virus. It turns out that at the end of the day, regardless of your bank balance or your status as a world superpower, we’re all made of flesh and blood.

We’ve heard the basics; the Corona virus is spread by aerosols from infected persons. Meaning that you can get infected from droplets released when they sneeze or cough.

Trivia: Corona is the Latin word for ‘crown’ which the outer protein coat resembles.

There’s also the ‘holy trinity’ of prevention:

Wash your hands – with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or the time it takes to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice.

Sanitize – Use and alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your hands when they are not obviously dirty. The sanitizer should contain at least 70% alcohol.

Social distancing – In simple terms, stay at home. Avoid crowds. This is because unlike many other infectious diseases we have experienced, the new Corona virus can be spread by asymptomatic carriers. People who are apparently well can still spread the virus through sneezing and coughing. Social distancing is our only hope in a country like Nigeria because our health care system lacks the capacity to handle an outbreak. Here’s a short video to demonstrate the impact of social distancing

Finally, a quick reminder of the main symptoms:

Majority of people present with Fever, Fatigue and Dry Cough, with difficulty breathing.

A smaller percentage of people have reported experiencing nausea and diarrhoea and a sudden loss of smell or loss of taste.

Stay safe and wash your hands!

Also, stay at home!

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