Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is responsible for the on-going worldwide pandemic that has led to the death of over five million people and the confirmed infection of more than 248 million. Studies show that the real number of people infected might’ve reached more than a billion people. The true death toll of the pandemic caused by COVID is anywhere between 10 million to 20 million (2 to 4 times the confirmed number of deaths).
Hopefully, these figures give you an idea about the danger this virus poses. Sadly, one of the major reasons why this virus is so deadly and hard to contain is because precautions against it have limited success. This is because COVID-19 affects different people in varied ways. Most infected people will show mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization, which makes it very hard to detect and contain the virus in time.
Sadly, many other people aren’t so lucky as to weather the virus without any symptoms: many have died as a result of the infection. Some Covid-19 symptoms includes:
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat, headache, aches, and pains.
- A rash on the skin
- Discoloration of fingers or toe
- Red or irritated eyes.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Loss of speech or mobility
- Chest pain
Knowing full well how deadly this virus is, you need to take heed and pay attention to COVID air safety precautions. And we’re here to help you: we’ve compiled some of the best precautions you can take to curb COVID’s appeal, and we will discuss them in subsequent paragraphs.
What are some precautions that can help prevent the spread of Covid-19?
- Physical Distancing: the major way COVID-19 spreads is when one person breathes in droplets produced when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes. Physical distancing(at least 6 feet or more) helps prevent close contact with the infected person. This reduces the chances of you breathing in contaminated air droplets thus reducing your chances of either contracting or spreading the virus. This method has been confirmed by various studies to be effective as well, so this is a great precaution to take.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water: wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom; before eating; after coughing or sneezing; and after handling any object you think is contaminated. Washing your hands very often can be bothersome and damage your skin, and if it bothers you, you can use a hand sanitizer or alcohol to sanitize your hands often. You can carry a hand sanitizer everywhere, and it is faster and more effective than washing your hands.
- Wear a Face Mask: it is recommended that a face mask should be worn by vaccinated and unvaccinated persons in public places and areas with high COVID-19 transmission. This might sound like a chore to you, but there’s no getting around it: studies show even the most low-quality dollar-store masks still considerably curb COVID transmission. The higher-quality ones though are far more effective, and in certain countries, they mandate specific masks to decrease the transmission of COVID.
- Regular Cleaning and disinfection: surface areas that get touched regularly daily such as doors handles, sinks, desks, light switches, phones, toilets, tables should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Virus-containing droplets regularly stick to these surfaces and can survive for days on end, acting as a very potent source of spread. That’s why it is vital to make sure they are regularly disinfected.
- Cover Coughs and Sneezes: if you are wearing a face mask, you can conveniently cough or sneeze into the face mask then change it immediately. If not, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you are infected by the virus and don’t cover your mouth, when you cough or sneeze, you’ll send droplets containing the virus through the atmosphere at considerable speed in all directions. Unsurprisingly, this will lead to the spread of the virus, and that’s why you need to be careful.
- Get Vaccinated: authorized COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As long as you are vaccinated, you will be able to do your day-to-day activities which were suspended due to the spread and fear of the COVID-19 virus. But, even if you’re in an age group that has very low risks of showing life-threatening symptoms if you catch the virus, vaccines are still helpful here: by substantially decreasing the likelihood of you catching the virus, you’re also increasing the likelihood of you transmitting the virus. So, an office where everyone is vaccinated would have a far less likelihood of having a superspreader event.
- Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places: crowded and poorly ventilated areas like restaurants, churches, bars, movie theaters, stadiums, fitness centers heighten the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Avoid going to such places. And for your own office/establishment, make sure it is ventilated well. Either by opening the windows, installing ventilators, or a myriad of other solutions of varying costs you can use.
- Monitor Your Health Daily: watch out for COV-19 symptoms. Ensure you visit a testing center once you have a fever, cough, toughness in breathing, and other COVID-19 symptoms. You should also take note of your body temperature as that’s the most accurate indicator of whether you’ve caught COVID or not. To stop the spread of the virus in your home, office, etc. It might be a good idea to invest in a forehead thermometer. It isn’t particularly costly, and it is a great way to detect whether someone might potentially be infected or not.
- Get equipment that promotes Covid air safety: such as air purifiers with HEPA technology. You can contact us for your Covid air safety devices.