Covid 19

Coronavirus Outbreak: Dos and Don’ts To Protect Yourself Against The Virus

The coronavirus, which originated in a meat market in China’s Wuhan, has infected nearly 90,000 people in more than 60 countries including 29 in India.

New Delhi| The coronavirus family of viruses includes the common cold and more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

The infection can be spread from people who have the virus. The disease can spread from droplets of the nose or mouth and are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales. When the droplets come in contact with others and they touch their mouth or eyes or nose, the infection spreads.

People can also catch the virus if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs or exhales droplets. World Health Organisation says studies suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.


  • Preventing communicable diseases is simple: wash your hands often. Spend at least 20 seconds thoroughly scrubbing your hands together with soap and water, the CDC advised.
  • Wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If you are out and about and you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, which can kill the virus.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissue or handkerchief.
  • A person suffering from Influenza-like illness must be confined at home.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or running nose

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  • The CDC says people without symptoms should not wear face masks.
  • Surgical masks should be reserved for people who exhibit symptoms (to prevent them from spreading the virus through respiratory secretions such as saliva or mucus) and for healthcare professionals who are taking care of sick people.
  • Avoid travelling if sick
  • Don’t travel to China if not essential: The government has also advised Indians to avoid all non-essential travel to countries affected by Covid-19.
  • Close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness should be avoided
  • Don’t consume raw/undercooked meat and avoid contact with live animals
  • Touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands while coughing or sneezing.
  • Spitting in public places.
  • Disposal of the used napkin or tissue paper in open areas.
  • Touching surfaces usually used by the public (Railing, door, gates, etc)
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