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Coronavirus Prevention: What is your best defense against COVID-19?

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The new highly infectious coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to more than 70 countries, with almost 3000 people succumbing to the epidemic. The number of confirmed cases has already crossed 80,000 worldwide and more countries are reporting their first deaths from coronaviruses. Without a vaccine or a definitive cure in sight, people around the world are frantically searching for the means to avoid this deadly infection.

How does coronavirus spread?


It is important to understand the basics well when it comes to any type of infectious disease and the same applies to COVID-19. It is known that this respiratory condition is spread through droplets and vapors that we expel through the mouth when coughing, sneezing or talking. If you get these respiratory drops in your hands and touch your mouth, nose and eyes, you are very likely to get infected.

What can you do to protect yourself against the coronavirus?

The best way to protect yourself is to stick to the basics, that is, wash your hands frequently. Yes, practicing basic personal hygiene remains the most effective method of prevention in this battle against the epidemic. It is important to understand that washing your hands with soap and water and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not the same.

Wash hands vs hand sanitizers


According to experts, hand sanitizers cannot eliminate stomach virus norovirus and bacteria that cause C. difficile infection. On the contrary, hand washing not only kills germs, but also removes dirt and dirt that can make you sick. Therefore, be sure to use only hand sanitizer when you cannot get a supply of clean water and soap. However, at the same time, it is important to wash your hands properly to eliminate all pathogens. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infections.

The right technique to wash your hands


1. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Use your elbow to turn off the tap, as touching it with your hands can increase the risk of contamination.

2. Soaps your hands and fingers with soap.

3. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.

4. It is important to rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, as it creates friction that helps remove dirt, grease and microbes from the skin.

5. As a general rule, hum the “happy birthday song” from beginning to end twice to determine how long you should wash your hands.

6. Once you have finished scrubbing, wash your hands with clean, running water.

7 Dry your hands with a clean single-use towel or air dry.

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