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'Corona Teachings': Made Us Practice The Basic Hygiene Of Washing Hands

04 April 2020

Sangita Agarwal

Bhubaneswar:  When the deadly coronavirus is playing havoc in most of the countries in the world, with the most developed countries unable to contain it, the answer to it lies in following our age-old basic hygiene norms.

Basic hygiene measures may seem obvious, but they are important. It seems as if the tried and tested hygiene admonishments given out for generations were right, only we did not take them seriously.

*Wash your hands properly.

*Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

*Avoid touching your face

*Stay home if you are sick

Though most of the people know this basic practice, but still they don’t wash their hands on a regular basis. It has been advised by WHO that washing hands with plain soap and plain water kills this deadly virus, but only if it’s done thoroughly and often. 

Contaminated hands can transfer the virus when people rub their eyes, scratch their noses, or touch their mouths.

According to medical experts, the disease transmission goes from a cough or sneeze to a surface to your hand to your face, and that’s how people get infected. So it is advised to cover up your mouth while sneezing or coughing with a tissue or handkerchief. 

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, which typically travel about three to six feet and settle on surfaces, where they can live for a few hours up to several days, according to the World Health Organization. There is a risk of catching the disease by inhaling those particles, but there is a more significant risk of getting it by touching surfaces, such as desks, handrails, or doorknobs, even your mobile phones where those droplets may have settled. So it is necessary to follow basic hygiene measures that will actually slow the spread of disease in communities.

If someone has a travel history, or having symptoms of contracting the disease, it is advised that he/she should self quarantine for a couple of weeks. Remember the elders saying to stay at home, and avoid social gatherings when sick. 

As the developing countries are bracing up for battling coronavirus, poor sanitation, weak health care systems and systemic poverty would make coping with coronavirus extremely difficult, health experts say. But India has already started its battle and has taken extensive steps nationwide to contain it. People should not panic and avoid the tremendous amount of information doing rounds on social media.

Health experts say, it can be defeated only by following the basic hygiene norms. Whether we admit it or not, but this virus has re-instated the hygiene norms across the world. Stay safe, stay indoors and maintain basic hygiene.