In the face of increasingly widespread fears of a COVID-19 pandemic, what concrete steps can a person take right now to prevent the infection?
Read our practical guide based on official sources.
In this Special Feature, we explain how to maximize the chances of staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. To date, public health officials have reported millions of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new corona-virus.
This situation has caused many people around the world to feel anxious about becoming infected and social media outlets and public forums abound with questions about how to keep COVID-19 at bay.
This Special Feature is a practical guide that describes the best ways to avoid a respiratory infection at home, at work, at school, and while traveling.
The recommendations that we outline are based on those of official sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
How to stay safe where you live
Based on the information received so far, and on our experience with other Corona-virus, COVID-19 appears to spread mostly through respiratory droplets from a sick person when he coughs or sneezes.
During day-to-day activities, people can take the following measures to prevent infection, in accordance with WHO/NCDC guidelines:
1, Clean your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, (at least 60% alcohol) or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
2, Clean surfaces such as kitchen seats and work desks regularly with disinfectant.
3, Avoid crowded areas when going out, for people over 60 years old and people with any underlying health problems.
4, Try to avoid close contact with people who display flu-like symptoms, including coughing and sneezing.
5, Get accurate information about COVID-19. Some good sources include the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and WHO websites.
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