After announcing that the risk of expansion of COVID-19 has gone from “high” to “very high” worldwide, thus equating the global situation China has been experiencing since January, the Director General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gave ten tips to citizens to prevent the spread of the virus:
1.- Wash your hands frequently with an antiseptic gel, or with soap and water if it is not available. The virus can be transmitted by touching contaminated or sick surfaces, so this action reduces the risks.
2.- Regularly clean certain surfaces, such as desks in workplaces or in the kitchen.
3.- Ensure that the information on COVID-19 comes from reliable sources, such as national public health agencies, medical professionals, or WHO itself. Know, for example, that the disease usually begins with a fever or dry cough, not with nasal discomfort.
4.- Avoid travel if you have a fever or cough. If you fall ill during a flight, inform the crew immediately, and once at home, contact health professionals, telling them where you have been.
5.- Cough or sneeze on the arm sleeve (not on the hand) or use a handkerchief that should be immediately thrown away, then wash your hands.
6.- If you have more than 60 years or health problems such as cardiovascular, respiratory or diabetes disease, there is a higher risk of falling seriously ill before a hypothetical infection, so extra precautions should be taken, avoiding crowded areas or places where There could be contact with potential patients.
7.- In case of feeling bad, stay at home and call a doctor or a healthcare professional, who should ask the symptoms, where they have been and with whom they have had contact.
8.- In case of falling ill, staying at home, separating from the rest of the family, even when eating and sleeping, and using different cutlery and plates.
9.- Call the doctor if you notice shortness of breath.
10.- In case of living in an affected community, it is understandable to feel anxiety. Find a way to help her, and also learn how to ensure safety in workplaces, schools or places of worship.