Follow these rules to protect yourself and your family
- Wash your hands often, using the proper technique. If you only do 1 thing, make it this. Always use soap and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you wash and rub the entire hand surface, including the back of your hands.
- Keep your distance. Aim to keep at least 1 metre between yourself and someone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Fist pump don’t shake. Fist bumps transfer only about 10% of the number of germs that handshakes do (out of interest, high 5’s transfer around 50%)
- Avoid touching your face. The average person touches their face around 23 times per hour. Germs on your hands are easily transferred into your body via the mucus membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth. Keep your hands busy by holding a pencil, or a stress ball
- Practise respiratory hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Seek medical care early. Stay at home if you feel unwell, even if your symptoms are mild. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, reach out to Hello Doctor immediately and speak to our doctors anytime (24/7) about your own personal concerns, what you should do and where you can be tested if need be.
Social media is flooded with stories and images about the virus, many of which are not true. In the case of Coronavirus, knowledge is power. Limit your worry and anxiety by limiting your, and your family’s exposure to media coverage that you perceive to be upsetting. Stay informed about developments using reliable and reputable sites and channels only.
Busting a few myths about Coronavirus
- Coronavirus cannot be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any other country reporting cases
- Having a hot bath will not prevent you from catching Coronavirus. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower.
- To date, there has been no evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Hand dryers are not effective in killing the virus
- Spraying alcohol all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. There is also no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline can offer protection from coronavirus
- Existing vaccines against pneumonia do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. Since the virus is so new and different, it needs its own vaccine
- While garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties, there is no evidence it can prevent infection from Coronavirus
- Antibiotics are powerless against Coronavirus since they are effective only against bacteria.