Are we all going to die via an outbreak? Possibly not. It is important to consider the outcomes of how to protect from a viral outbreak. Freaking out is not the solution, indeed.
Let’s admit that simple truth every single interaction with our society (like, going out of house to throw the garbage or going for a shopping) we are directly exposed to viruses plus bacteria.
And the good news is, if you are reading this article you already survived out of millions and billions of them.
Here is a list to note down to prevent any kind viruses and bacteria or at least having a smooth transition of immunisation.
After visiting a public place:
- Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
- Wash your hands:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after toilet use
- before eating
- before and after preparing food
- if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
- if your hands are dirty
- if you have handled animals or animal waste
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
- Be sure that you have enough vitamins through the nutrition if not consult a GP to take some vitamin pills. A little clue, vitamin C and vitamin D is important for the immunity system
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
- Do not use a face mask if you feel well and do not have symptoms – there’s no evidence that using masks is of any benefit if you are not sick
- You should use a facemask if you:
- have or may have coronavirus
- are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus
- are a healthcare worker in close contact with people who may have or have coronavirus
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. Humans can get infected from coronaviruses which come from animals.
This type of coronavirus is also known as novel coronavirus, Coronavirus 2019-vCoV, Wuhan novel coronavirus or Wuhan coronavirus.
Symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Common symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
- A high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or higher)
Symptoms of a more severe infection may include:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure
Risk of catching coronavirus
There has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland.
The risk of getting coronavirus in Ireland is low.
If there is a case here, health professionals will try to contact anyone who has been in contact with the infected person.
If you are not contacted, you are extremely unlikely to catch coronavirus.
You do not need to follow any advice in relation to coronavirus if you have:
- not been to mainland China
- not been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
- not been to a healthcare facility where patients with coronavirus were treated
- recently returned from Hong Kong or Macau and have not travelled through mainland China
Dr. Greg Castello explains how to protect yourself from Coronavirus in this video:
After the Coronavirus Outbreak Panic in Italy, prevention awareness becomes more and more important:
The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre provides expert advice and guidance on matters relating to infectious diseases and their website is updated regularly regarding the issue.