With the virus rapidly spreading all over the world, chances are you’re freaking out a little. Yes, we do have to take measures to stay safe. But it’s also important to stay positive—even if it’s just for the sake of your mental health.
Luckily, a number of global institutions are doing their best to spread accurate information to quell the hysteria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has even gone as far as making a TikTok account to spread awareness to unsuspecting teens.
In order to keep help you keep calm we created a chill playlist for you last week, and now we’re giving you 10 pieces of advice from WHO to help try control an uncontrollable situation.
Wash your hands
The WHO has stressed time and time again that this is the best method of preventing infection. Wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds each time.
Carry and use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands
Yes, hand sanitizer is effective at eliminating viral infections. So you can feel comfortable using it when you don’t have access to water and soap.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet
A few tweets were circulating that hand sanitizer is only effective with eliminating certain bacteria and not viruses, but this is a myth according to the WHO.
You don’t need to quarantine yourself, but keep a distance from others
If you’re a homebody, you’re in luck. The WHO organisation recommends you maintain at least one meter between yourself and anyone who is coughing.
You don’t have to be afraid of animals
So far, there is no evidence that animals can carry the virus.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth
If the virus falls on your hands, it can spread into your body once you touch your face, notably through the mouth, eyes and nose.
Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
This will protect the people around you.
Only wear a mask if you’re coughing or sneezing or taking care of someone who is ill
Masks are only effective if you constantly wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand-sanitizer.
Take a hot shower to calm down (hot water does not protect you from the virus though)
Your body temperature stays the same, regardless of how hot your shower or bath is.
For more information visit who.int
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