The outbreak of the 2019-nCoV strain of coronavirus has been a constant source of worry for many across the globe. With the global death toll at 2,800 and set to grow, it is safe to say to say that coronavirus, alias COVID -19, is now a viable threat. This however doesn’t mean that we should panic. Although there are 81,000 reported cases worldwide, Africa has only two confirmed cases. One case has been reported in Algeria and another in Egypt. Whilst this is good news for Africa, it isn’t expected to stay that way for long. To ensure you remain on top of things, here are some things you can change to help prevent coronavirus.
Cough into a tissue not a handkerchief
The traditional role of a handkerchief is to cough or blow your nose into. This however could facilitate the spread of the coronavirus. Although it seems like an inconveniencing lifestyle change, it is recommended that you cough or sneeze into a tissue and immediately throw it away. The main aim of this is first to ensure your mouth is covered while you sneeze and to ensure no virus including the coronavirus is incubated. After coughing into the tissue it is also vital to wash your hands. Use plain soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you’re not close to a sink.This gets rid of the virus on your skin if you come into contact with it.
Minimize contact with live animals
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that originated from different species of animals. They include cats, cattle and bats. Despite being unsubstantiated, it is believed that this strain of the coronavirus started through an animal-human infection. Therefore if visiting live markets in affected areas avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals.
Consume only well cooked animal products
As mentioned above, contact with animals is believed to increase the risk of one’s exposure to coronavirus. This therefore means you also have to exercise caution when handling raw meat and milk. On top of that ensure that animal products such as the meat are well cooked. If you are in an affected area, it might be time to make that change from a medium-rare steak to well done.