Coronavirus : World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus : World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus: WHO recommends ten simple measures to prevent the new coronavirus (BOX)


The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined ten basic personal prevention measures against Coronavirus, including cleaning your hands and surfaces regularly and avoiding travel when you have a fever or cough. 
"Your risk depends on where you live, your age and your general health. WHO can provide general advice. You should also follow the advice of your country and consult local health professionals", reminded a few days ago the Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Here are these ten measures:

1. Wash your hands regularly with an alcohol-based cleaner or wash them with soap and water. Touching your face after touching contaminated surfaces or sick people is one of the ways the virus is transmitted. Washing your hands can reduce the risk.

2. Regularly clean the surfaces with a disinfectant, for example the kitchen and office worktop.

3. Learn about Coronavirus, but make sure the information comes from reliable sources such as local or national public health agencies, the WHO website, or local health professionals. Symptoms, for most people, start with a fever and a dry cough instead of a runny nose. Most sufferers suffer from a mild illness and recover without requiring special care.

4. Avoid traveling when you have a fever or cough. If you become ill during a flight, notify the crew immediately. Once at home, contact a healthcare professional.

 5. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use a tissue that should be immediately thrown into a closed garbage can, and then wash your hands.

 6. For people over the age of 60 or suffering from an underlying pathology such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease or diabetes, the risk of developing serious illness may be higher. So take extra care to avoid congested areas or places where there is a possibility of interaction with sick people.

7. Anyone who is not feeling well should stay at home and call local doctors or health professionals to ask about their symptoms, where they have been and who they have been in contact with. This will ensure that you receive the right advice, that you are directed to the right health facility and that you avoid infecting others.

 8. Stay at home when sick, eat and sleep separate from family members, use different utensils and cutlery to eat.

 9. In case of shortness of breath, call a doctor and seek immediate medical treatment.

 10. It is normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially when living in a country or community that has been affected. Find out what can be done in the community. Discuss how to keep your workplace, school, or place of worship safe.

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