It’s not surprising that the coronavirus has got the whole world worried and anxious. It spreads fast and can remain on surfaces for more than a week. People all over the world are scrambling to stock up on face masks, rubbing alcohol, soap, toilet paper, and other essentials.
But before you join the paranoia, understand that the coronavirus is nowhere near as contagious as the chicken pox or the measles. It’s also nowhere near as deadly as SARS, MERS, the smallpox, Ebola, and the bird flu. Hence, there’s no need to panic. Just know how to keep good full-body hygiene and be safe from the COVID-19 virus.
Differentiating Coronavirus Symptoms from Common Cold Symptoms
Late winter to spring always sees a spike in allergies and colds. If you’re sniffling or have a fever now, there’s a chance that it’s just an allergy or the common cold. But there’s also a slight chance it could be the coronavirus especially if you’ve been travelling. So, how do you tell them apart?
Common colds are characterized by sore throat, sneezing, and a runny nose. They last about a week or so. Sometimes they’re compounded by slight cough and fatigue. If you also have a fever and are experiencing headaches, body aches, and chills, you have most likely come down with the flu. With rest and medication, the flu runs its course in 3 to 7 days.
The coronavirus typically just has three symptoms—fever, cough, and shortness of breath. A stuffy or runny nose is not a usual symptom. The symptoms have gradual onset, and there’s no specific duration on how long they last. However, the coronavirus has a long incubation period. You won’t exhibit symptoms until 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, hence the 2-week quarantine for those who have recently traveled to areas with reported cases.
Possibility of Transmission Through Feces
While the novel coronavirus is transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets and direct contact with infected patients, recent tests have indicated the possibility of COVID-19 transmission through fecal matter. The virus has been detected in stool samples of some patients diagnosed with the coronavirus. While there have been no actual reports of fecal-oral transmission to date and the risks of such transmission are still considered low, it still pays to take extra precaution by practicing full-body hygiene.
Prevention: Full-Body Hygiene
Although having hundreds of thousands of cases worldwide is alarming, the spread of the coronavirus can be prevented by practicing proper hygiene. We’re talking about full-body hygiene, including butt hygiene.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—that’s about the time it takes to sing the chorus of your favorite song. If you’re out and can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer frequently. Definitely avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
If you have the urge to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose before you do. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into your inner elbow to avoid spreading any germs. If you used your hands, wash or spray with sanitizer. But if you are sick, please just stay at home. Clean and disinfect your surroundings to avoid spreading germs and viruses.
That’s not all—when we say full-body hygiene, that also includes everything down there. Wiping with tissue won’t be enough, so make sure you use toilet paper gel for cleaner wiping and better hygiene. Then—and we can’t stress this enough—wash your hands with soap and water.
Stay Clean, Healthy, and Safe
We’re not saying that the coronavirus isn’t a cause for concern. Anything that affects thousands of people is of utmost concern. However, we don’t need to panic. There’s also no need to hoard face masks, soap, and toilet paper. You really don’t need a lifetime supply of those.
For now, avoid crowded places and keep away from sick people. If it can’t be helped, wash your hands often. Always carry hand soap, alcohol-based sanitizer, and some SATU Toilet Paper Gel in your bag.
Practice proper hygiene at all times and boost your immune system by maintaining a healthy diet and fit lifestyle. Ultimately, your good health is your best arsenal against any disease.
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