With the fear of Coronavirus spread across the globe, we all want to take precautions, sit back at home. But then it is not practical as we have to live our lives, earn money to bring food on the table and well there are so many things we just have to do. So travelling in public transport even if a metro or a cab for that matter is inevitable. Just today, a report has come in on how someone got affected by the virus from a cab driver in Pune. World, yes we have cancelled our plans, other holidays in different states we had to cancel but how does one stay safe like this? There are ways on how you can so panicking is nit a solution. Read on and incorporate these tips dear readers.
It is all about practicing basic hygiene that we were taught in school. Dr. Atul Anant Aundhekar, general practitioner and CEO of Avivo Group, told a Gulf News that it is important that we maintain a distance from people in public.
"People have to use a combination of common sense, basic hygiene practices, seek assistance in ensuring cleanliness and be ready to clean up their own surroundings even in shared facilities."
“Please ask for assistance to ensure hygienic conditions in facilities that you visit. It is our right. If people can carry wet wipes to touch common surfaces and clean their surrounding area, it will be good," said Aundhekar.
Now this goes anywhere as a thumb rule. When you are in a cab, take out those wipes that you have in your bag and if not then keep some, and wipe the area you think you have a tendency to touch. If you think your driver is coughing, it is best to wear a mask. It is not necessary that the person has the virus but why take a risk?
Do not touch your face whatsoever when travelling until you have sanitised your hands.
"While washing or sanitising hands is considered the most important preventive measure against the coronavirus, maintaining a distance of three feet or one metre from people around is also a prudent step to ward off catching an infection," said Dr Aundhekar.
“When you are in a social place, just be watchful. Don’t get closer to people, especially those who are showing respiratory symptoms like repeatedly coughing and sneezing.”
Wherever you are, once you are home, change your clothes and bathe as an additional safety measure.
“While people may wash their other clothes frequently, they hardly wash suits and ties. You have to dry clean them," he said.
Cough the right way!
Dr. Atul Anant Aundhekar shared that “Your respiratory hygiene is also very important. Cover your face with tissue paper or your flexed elbow while coughing or sneezing.”
If you go swimming, then there is one good thing that the doctor shared. He said that "the spread of virus through swimming pool water should not be a cause of concern. However, practicing basic hygiene before, during and after using the pool is a must."
Before and after swimming, take a warm water shower and not a cold or a lukewarm one.
Your towels and swimwear and whatever you have to change into should be kept in a clean space.
In a bus as well, it is the same as travelling in a cab. the mask should be on as we don't know where can we get the virus from and wear a glove is what I would personally suggest.
Another report by American Red Cross, suggests that "Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty."
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"Clean and disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace. To the extent possible, avoid touching commonly used surfaces in public places like elevator buttons, door handles and handrails and avoid handshaking with people. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something."