By Nazrul Islam;
As the new coronavirus infections have been spreading new areas in different parts of the world and there is no vaccine to treat, the question is how to keep you safe from the pathogen. The governments around the world are seemingly gasping to fight against the deadly virus. You as an individual have a role to play. The basic is don’t get panicked, stay calm and take care of yourself.
The World Health Organization, which announced global health emergency over the spread of the virus, advised a number of measures to follow at this difficult time. Bangladesh for the first time on Sunday reported confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. Let us get ready to help prevent spread of the virus named as COVID19.
- Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority.
- Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain social distancing: Stay at least one meter ( three feet) away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up the virus. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth (three organs from where the virus can enter your body).
- Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose the used tissue immediately. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care as early as you can.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
You can make a phone call to the hotline at IEDCR +8801937000011, +8801937110011, +8801927711784, and +8801927711785 at any time of the day.
The national and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed and follow the advice: Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
- Please avoid foreign trips unless they are very emergency, don’t go frequently to the crowded areas (markets, public transports etc).
- Maintain etiquettes while using public transport or staying at any crowded or market place.
- Ensure your personal hygiene at home and outside. Keep your surrounding neat and clean.
- Be careful while eating out at restaurants or tea stalls or on the wayside, because you never know who has used the utensils you are using at this moment.
Please remember Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with more than 1200 people living per square kilometers. If we are not aware, the deadly pathogen will make its way for spreading faster than any other countries. Stay safe, stay blessed.