Amidst the fear, stigma, and panic buying that ensued all over the world after COVID-19 grew into a global pandemic, a large number of countries stepped up their efforts in order to fight the debilitating virus. Several governments have implemented lockdowns and physical distancing in an attempt to flatten the curve of the outbreak. Flights have been temporarily cancelled, establishments have been shut down, and people have been limited to the confines of their homes.

While it may be easy to panic in a situation like this, it is imperative that we remain calm and abide by the rules set by our governing bodies. The best way in which we can help beat the virus is by complying with the instructions given to us by the experts. The health of the world and our loved ones depends on our actions. Keep reading for simple tips to stay safe from COVID-19.

Keep Updated With the News and Your Community

In order to stay in the loop with the pandemic updates, make sure you watch and read information from credible news sources and public health officials. It would also be useful to keep a list of phone numbers of emergency contacts, healthcare services, drivers, and community resources.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised people to practice physical distancing, technology still allows us to remain socially connected. Check up on your relatives, friends, and neighbours by means of phone calls, video calls, and text messages. There is strength in connectivity and information sharing. Let people know how you’re handling the situation and in turn, ask them what they’re doing to stay busy during this time.

Handwashing with water and soap

Practice Precautionary Measures

The World Health Organization and our local health departments cannot stress the importance of handwashing enough. Although soap and water alone do not make people virus-resistant, they do help to a certain extent. Make sure you wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. In case you sneeze, cover with a tissue and discard it right away.

Even if we’re in mandatory quarantine in our homes, it’s essential that we wipe down and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis. If you do need to go outside for important reasons, keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people, and steer clear of crowds.

Keep an Eye Out for the Symptoms of COVID-19

It is advised that you reach out to a healthcare worker for advice and medical attention if you experience any of the following warning signs:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Persistent pressure of pain in the chest
  • Confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

This may not be the complete list of symptoms. A medical professional would be able to give further information and advice. Additionally, there are many online resources where you can self-assess your symptoms to see if you may have the virus.

In case you or anyone in your household contracts the virus, it’s important to have them confined in a hospital. If doctors advise otherwise, they need to stay in a separate room of your home and avoid sharing personal items. When caring for a person who tested positive, following medical directions and monitoring your own health is vital to a full recovery.

A family of four sitting at home together

We’re All in This Together

While staying indoors, practicing physical distancing, and disinfecting your surroundings, it is equally important to take care of the emotional health of you and your family. A strong mindset and resilience are instrumental in weathering the storm that is passing through.

A lot of us have homes wherein we can stay safe with our loved ones until the pandemic is beaten, but unfortunately, there is still a resounding amount of people who don’t have that privilege. Find out how you can help us help those in need during this time with Homes 4 Hope.