Older adults and people with serious underlying chronic conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, appear to be at increased risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Talk to your healthcare provider about additional steps you can take to protect yourself.https://voiceofnigeria.org.ng/how-to-protect-y…navirus-covid-19/
KNOW HOW IT SPREADS
- Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid exposure to this virus.
- The virus is believed to spread mainly from person to person.
– Among people who have close contact with each other (within about 6 feet of each other).
– Through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can reach the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly enter the lungs when breathing.
TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Clean your hands frequently
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub until you feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your unwashed hands.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Keep a distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. These are especially important for people who are at increased risk of getting seriously ill .
TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS
STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH AND SNEEZE
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw away any used tissue you have thrown in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
WEAR A MASK IF YOU ARE SICK
- If you are sick: You should wear a mask when you are around other people (eg, sharing a room or a vehicle) and before entering a healthcare provider’s office. If you are unable to wear a mask (for example, because it makes it difficult for you to breathe), you should do everything possible to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, and caregivers should put on a mask if they enter your room
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and cannot wear one). Masks may become scarce and should be reserved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently every day. This includes tables, door handles, light switches, counters, railings, desks, telephones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, and dishwashers.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: use soap and water or detergent before disinfecting.