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Fighting Coronavirus, Together

Apr 07, 2020

 

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread globally and across India, USPL World would like you to take a few seconds to get informed about the virus and the precautions you can take to stop the spread.

 

We request that everyone respect and obey the 21-day lockdown that has been imposed by the Central Government. These upcoming days will play a huge role in containing the virus and stopping mass spread of COVID-19.

 

 

How does it spread?

COVID-19 is spread through droplets and you can only get it from someone else who has the virus. The diseases spreads through small droplets from the nose or mouth. If a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, those droplets can get onto objects and surfaces that people commonly touch. If others touch these infected surfaces and then touch their face, they will catch the virus. Also, if you come in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and they sneeze/cough near you, you could breathe in the droplets and get the virus, making social distancing very important. 

 

When should you seek medical help?

The common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Other mild symptoms: aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea

Please note that some people can be infected with the virus but don’t develop or show any symptoms but they can transmit the disease to others. The virus is more dangerous for older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

If you have a combination of fever, cough and difficulty breathing then you should seek medical attention.

 

What Can You Do?

When it comes down to it, the ability to stop COVID-19 from spreading excessively is up to every individual. There are precautions that every individual must take:

  • Frequently wash your hands

    The most common way to transmit germs and viruses are through your hands. We tend to touch everything around us and then touch our face, which makes us vulnerable to many viruses. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Social distancing

    In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, social distancing is very important. Maintain at least 3 feet distance between you and anyone you see is coughing, sneezing or looks ill.

    *Please do not leave your house unless it is an emergency. The best way to stop the spread of this virus is to not be in contact with many people at any given time.

  • Avoid touching your face – nose, mouth, eyes

    Our hands touch many surfaces and then our face. Avoid touching your face to stop the spread of germs into your body. Also, if you are sick or feeling ill, do not spread your germs to surfaces that others also commonly touch.

  • Maintain hygiene when you cough or sneeze

    Please ensure that when you sneeze or cough, you cover your mouth. Sneeze/cough into your bent elbow or a tissue, not onto your hand. Droplets spread viruses, by containing your sneeze/cough you are protecting others around you.

  • Stay informed

    At times like this it is easy to spread misinformation. Please do not trust WhatsApp forwards, information on social media, etc. There are trusted organizations and medical professionals who you can consult regarding COVID-19. The WHO, The Ministry of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all have detailed information on the precautions you can take and statistics of the virus on their website, which is updated regularly.

 

Sources: World Health OrganizationMinistry of Health and Family Welfare and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention