COVID-19 Reminders: Read this first before you leave your home

Nowadays, due to fall of Covid – 19 cases and increased recoveries, nagsimula nang iprocess and pag-lift ng lockdown sa iba’t ibang bansa. Some, nagmodify na rin ng quarantine. May mga business establishments na rin na nag-start nang mag open at mga workers na nagsimula nang pumasok. 

Pause muna! Bago ka lumabas ng bahay at matuwa dahil masisilayan mo na ulit ang araw at kasada, we have to keep in mind that Coronavirus is yet to be eradicated. We should still practice precautionary measures to avoid being infected by the virus.

Noong nagsisimula ang Covid-19, wala pang mga concrete na description about it. Aerosol ba ang virus or airborne? Can you get infected through pets? Is it true na  traces of Covid-19 can be found sa farts?

Good thing, now, we could say na mas madami na tayong information about Coronavirus. Mas kaya na nating kalabanin ito. 

Things you need to know about COVID-19: 

Symptoms 
  • Fever
  • Cough 
  • Difficulty of Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Weakness or Fatigue

On average, it takes 5 to 6 days for the symptoms to manifest, and it could last up to 14 days. 

Exposure
  • Travel from abroad in the past 14 days
  • Exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient
  • Travelled to or reside in local areas where there are confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Exposure to a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
Who are at risk?
  • Elderly people ages 60 and above
  • People with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, an poorly-managed diabetes or liver disease
  • People with weak immune system
  • Pregnant women
How to we protect ourselves from COVID-19?
  • Observe social distancing and avoid crowded places.

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. COVID-19 spreads through small liquid droplets. If you are too close, you might inhale these droplets.

  • Thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub regularly.

Doing so will kill the virus that may be in your hands.

  • Avoid touching face, particularly eyes, nose and mouth.

Hands touch a lot of surfaces and can collect the virus. By touching your face with contaminated hands, you can introduce the virus to yourself.

  • Practice good respiratory hygiene

Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing using medical mask, cotton nose mask, tissues or flexed elbow. Perform hand hygiene after.

  • Do not ignore symptoms and follow quarantine guidelines

Stay at home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever until you recover. If symptoms escalates, seek medical attention. Always monitor your symptoms.

If you need to leave your house, wear mask to avoid infecting others. 

Avoid sharing household items. Do not share eating utensils, dishes, drinking glasses, cups, towels, beddings and other items with people in your home.

Avoiding contact with others to protect them from being infected.

  • Keep up with latest information from trusted sources.

 

Ayan, was may idea ka na about Coronavirus. Alam kong kating-kati ka nang lumabas ng bahay. But before anything else, take note of the points above para hindi ka magkasakit. Alagaan mo ang iyong sarili pati ang ibang tao. 

Wear mask as recommended, observe social distancing, wash your hands regularly or use alcohol-based hand rub and practice respiratory hygiene. 

Naubusan ka ng mask? Don’t worry! May old t-shirt ka ba or bed linens? Check out my DIY easy no sewing machine required mask tutorial!

Keep safe everyone!

 

Recommended reads:

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID – 19) advice for the public

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Myth busters

 

Makati Medical Center is too kind to allow us to use their materials to acquaint fellow Filipinos and readers alike regarding COVID-19. (Not sponsored)

Makati Medical Center, located at Makati City, Philippines, provides premium and personalized heath care services. 

Makati Medical Center – COVID-19 Guidelines

Home Quarantine Instructions – Mild Cases of Infection

Home Quarantine Instructions for COVID-19 Confirmed Patients and their Contacts

COVID-19: Who are the Most Vulnerable?

 

References and Resources:

https://www.makatimed.net.ph/promos-and-events/event/covid19-guidelines

https://www.makatimed.net.ph/news-and-exhibits/news/covid19-who-are-the-most-vulnerable

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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