Coronavirus: Prevention, Treatment and Ways to Cope With Stress During The Outbreak


Public health officials say the coronavirus is less deadly than SARS that killed about 10 percent of people who were infected during the outbreak that began in 2002. However, some cases of coronavirus can be fatal, especially when it’s not reported early on and treated. In fact, coronavirus appears to spread much more easily than SARS and causes cold-like symptoms, that includes sneezing, a runny nose, fatigue, cough, fever in rare cases, a sore throat and exacerbated asthma.

How to prevent Coronavirus infection

• Frequently clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, and wash your hands with soap and running water when they’re visibly dirty.

• Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, before and after you prepare food, before eating, after using the toilet and after handling animals.

• When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow. Throw the tissue into a closed bin immediately after use.

• Avoid close contact when you are experiencing cough and fever.

• Avoid spitting in public.

• If you have a fever cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

• Use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked foods.

• Disinfect equipment and working area at least once a day.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Avoid traveling if you have a fever and cough.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

• If you choose to wear a face mask, be sure to cover your mouth and nose and avoid touching your mask once it’s on. Immediately discard the single-use mask after each use and wash your hands after removing it.

• Eat only well-cooked food.

Treatments for coronavirus

There are no specific treatments for the virus. Most people will get better on their own. However, you can relieve the symptoms by doing the following:

• Take over-the-counter medicines for pain, fever, and cough

• Use a room humidifier or taking a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

• Get plenty of rest

• Drink enough water and stay hydrated.

Check out these 5 All-Natural Home Remedies to fight cold

Coping with stress during the virus outbreak.

#1. Keep yourself and your space clean.

When you’re not seeing anyone it’s easy to fall into a rut of wearing the same sweatshirt every day and not washing your hair. It’s important to keep yourself and your space clean. Open the windows at least once a day to freshen up the rooms and lit a nice candle at night to give the place a cozy feeling. It’ll help you feel better about yourself and help you become more productive. Remember self-care can go a long way.

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#2. Build a new routine.

Now that you’re staying at home, it’s a great time to start new good habits. Have you wanted to wake up earlier and spend some time meditating in the morning? Now is the right time to do it.

#3. Connect with friends.

Instead of canceling your meeting or study groups, Skype them in. Also, it’s important at this time to keep a support system in your life. Grab your phone and call someone you love for a chat. Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely.

#4. Move daily and eat healthy.

Even if you can’t go to the gym or go out for a walk, you can still do some exercises at home that’ll keep you fit. Do some yoga or some stretching. Also, make sure you keep a healthy diet rich in nutrients such as Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as found in fish and nuts. They are proven to boost your mood and reduce your stress level.

Other Tips.

• Get enough information that can help you determine your risk so that you can take enough precautions. Find a credible source of information. 

• Limit your exposure to media coverage or news that you find upsetting and might increase your worry. It’s not time to panic but to prepare. 

• Think about a backup plan if schools were to close during the outbreak.

• If you take a regular prescript medicine, make sure you have as much of supply on hand as possible.

• Ask your employer about a work-from-home option.

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