Basic Protective Measures Against the New Coronavirus – WHO Guidelines (Part 2)

 

 

Stay Safe and Healthy During this Coronavirus Epidemic

 

Practice Hand Washing and Social Distancing. It is important to be informed of the situation and take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family. Check out These WHO Recommendations and Advice for  the Public,

Practicing Food Safety

Wash your hands between handling raw and cooked food

Use different chopping board for raw meet and cooked foods.Sick animals and animals that have died of diseases should not be eaten.

Even in areas experiencing outbreaks, meat products can be safely consumed if these items are cooked thoroughly and properly handled during food preparation.

 

Shopping or Working in Wet Markets in China and Southeast Asia

Wash hands with soap and water after touching animals and animal products.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid contact with sick animals and spoiled meat.

Avoid contact with stray animals, waste and fluids in market.

 

Stay Healthy while Travelling

Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider.

Avoid close contact with people suffering from  a fever and cough.

Frequently clean hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue and throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.

If you choose to wear a face mask, be sure to cover mouth and nose and and avoid touching mask once it’s on.

Immediately discard single-use mask after each use and wash hands after removing mask.

If you become sick, while travelling, inform crew and seek medical care early.

If you seek medical attention,. share travel history with your health care provider

 

Copping  With Stress During 2019-nCoV Outbreak

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared orangry during a crisis.
Talking to people you trust can help. Contact yourfriends and family.

If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle – including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends

Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help or physical and mental health needs if required.

Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or, a local or state public health agency

Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak

 

Helping Chidren Cop with Stress During the 2019-nCoV Outbreak

Children may respond to stress in different ways suchas being moreclingy, anxious,with drawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc.

Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.

Children need adults’ love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time and attention.

Remember to listen to your children, speak kindly and reasure them. If possible, make opportunities for the child to play and relax.

Try and keep children close to their parents and family and avoid separating children and their caregivers to the extent possible. If separation occurs (e.g. hospitalization) ensure regular contact (e.g. via phone) and re-assurance.

Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing.

Provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words that they can understand depending on their age.

This also includes providing information about what could happen in a re-assuring way (e.g. a family memberand/or the child may start not feeling well and may have to go to the hospital for some time so doctors can help them feel better).

 

 

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