We know that most of you have only been reading up on the coronavirus lately and might be sick of it, but for those of you who still have questions, we had medic, Abraham Hashmi come to Mashion HQ to answer them! Scroll down to read everything we learnt from him:
1. The Virus Is Spread From Respiratory Droplets
We all are a little paranoid about possibly catching the virus, but according to Abraham, you don’t have to be too scared about things like getting food delivered. As long as you’re being cautious, it should be fine as the virus is spread from respiratory droplets and through human to human transmission. As Abe said ‘We can let our milk man keep bringing the milk!’
2. The Flu Vaccine Won’t Help
While the symptoms might be similar, the common flu and the coronavirus are two entirely different diseases. Getting a flu vaccine should help you with the seasonal flu that’s also going around, but it won’t provide you with a safety net against the newest strain of the coronavirus.
3. Take Preventative Measures
The best thing you can do to avoid you and your loved ones being infected by the virus is to take strict preventive measures against it. What makes the coronavirus so deadly is the rate at which it spreads and so, one should do all they can to “burden the risk to our healthcare system” as our expert puts it. He suggests “maintaining at least a 1 metre distance from individuals, washing hands, respiratory hygiene, sneezing in your elbow and also, avoiding touching your face.”
4. When You Should Get Tested
Because the symptoms of the coronavirus are so similar to that of a flu, it can get difficult to know when you should get tested, especially considering the system to get tested isn’t available everywhere. Abraham recommends getting tested if you have a “fever, cough and cold” along with the following criteria’s – if you’ve travelled recently, if you came into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, or if you were hospitalised recently for any acute respiratory disease.
5. Do Not Self-Medicate
If you think you might potentially have coronavirus, please do not self-medicate. According to some experts, medicines like Ibuprofen are not recommended, but there are conflicted opinions revolving this. As Abraham says, it’s best to go get checked by a doctor and get your medical advice from them.
6. Masks Are Not As Helpful As You Think
The first thing you see everyone reaching for as a means of precaution is a mask. However, many experts, including Abraham, say that unless you’re sick yourself or in close contact with someone who is sick, the mask doesn’t really help. The best way to keep yourself safe is by constantly washing your hands and sanitising them. General hygiene, but especially hand hygiene, is key in staying healthy and safe from this virus!