There is a fear infecting the world, a panic causing as much damage to our economy as the virus itself, and it is done by people who are not thinking properly. In order to help ease the situation you will find here a list of activities that are not only useless but also potentially harmful. Use this to help your friends and family members who may be falling victim to the fear. Help them to understand what they should and should not be concerned about when it comes to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.
Buying all the Toilet Paper:
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is not going to affect your digestive system, nor is it going to have you locked up in your home for a year. While there may be some psychological reasons for this panic purchasing. Buying anything more than a few week’s supply, or a normal amount, of toilet paper is only going to drive the price up and mean some people actually cannot get it. – Not Helpful.
Buying all the Hand Sanitizer:
While having hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes available is going to be useful in the weeks to come, and a good way to engage in preventative measures; buying anything more than you could use in a month is only going to accomplish two things: The first is driving the price up, which has already begun to happen. But the second effect is that others will not be able to acquire the hand sanitizer they need. This over-purchasing by some will open up more people to the spread of the virus, this increased spread will not only hurt the second group but increase the chance the first group get it as well. All the hand sanitizer in the world won’t help you if everyone around you catches the virus. – Not Helpful.
Buying or creating your own Face Mask:
While you might think the face masks doctors use would be helpful in dealing with an airborne virus, the truth is that for COVID-19; they really aren’t that useful to the public. Due to the way this virus spreads it is more likely you will get it from touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face. The masks won’t necessarily help with that. However, there are even higher grade masks available that surgeons use, which might be useful; but panic-purchasing of those has already led to a shortage at some hospitals. – Not Helpful.
Avoiding people who Sneeze:
It’s a common symptom of illness, and easy to be concerned when someone sneezes, but sneezing isn’t a symptom of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is a symptom of allergies however, and as we come into spring more and more people are going to start sneezing. You might be right to encourage them to practice proper sneeze etiquette; sneeze into elbow or kerchief, not sneezing at or on someone, etc. But shaming or shunning people who sneeze isn’t going to help you with this virus. – Not Helpful.
So what IS helpful to know about the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus?
Firstly, knowing the symptoms is helpful. And according to the CDC the main symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
Secondly, knowing your best methods to avoid the virus is also helpful. The best practices you can currently have are:
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact. Instead of handshakes or hugs use waves or elbow bumps.
- Practice good hand hygiene, wash frequently and for 20 seconds with warm water.
- Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, wash your hands afterward.
- Clean frequently touched objects. Disinfect toys, doorknobs, and other commonly handled surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face, clean your hands first if you must.
- Stay home when sick. If you have any symptoms of the disease or flu, stay home and contact your medical professional for any further advice.
For more on these practices you can see Canada.ca
Go about your lives, don’t panic, and be safe.