Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). A lot of information has circulated since then, leaving people sometimes confused, overwhelmed, and panicked. But really, what should we do during an outbreak such as this?
Having worked in schools, hospitals, and other public health settings for the past 6 years, here are some general tips I can share.
STICK TO THE BASICS
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. These are things emphatically repeated for one main reason: THEY ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PREVENT SPREADING AND CONTRACTING DISEASE. It is important though to make sure that we do these PROPERLY: using flexed elbows instead of the hands to cover the mouth, handwashing with soap and/or alcohol rub to effectively remove any harmful pathogens. The same goes for wearing masks in crowded areas, social distancing, and thoroughly cooking animal products before eating. Building up the immune system is also crucial, so make sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle.