It seems like every day we are hearing new news about the covid-19 variant omicron virus. And with cases being reported in more and more countries, it’s important to know how to protect ourselves from this deadly disease. So today, we’re going to take a look at some of the steps we can take to safeguard our health.
- Wash your hands often, especially after touching a sick person or their belongings.
- Do not share eating utensils / cups / cutlery with others.
- Do not share towels or other personal items that are in direct contact with saliva or blood with anyone else .
- Avoid all close contact with people who look sick until the disease is no longer considered contagious (from 7 days after exposure, if exposure was through coughing/sneezing.)
- Do not go outside when you have a fever because this could spread the germs that cause measles to other people who may not be able to protect themselves (such as infants). They might even die. Having an indoor place where you can isolate yourself if you get sick can save lives .
- If you are sick at home, do not go to work or school. You can still help protect others by staying home until at least 24 hours after the fever is gone .
- Teach your children to stay away from sick people .
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands .
- Throw tissues in the trash immediately after use .
- If soap and water aren’t available , use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol .
- Teach children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve , not bare hands .
- Make sure you get the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine). It is important for everyone between 12 months and 6 years of age to receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella .
- If you have had a dose of MMR, do not give it again.
- Keep away from people with colds and respiratory infections.
- Most important get vaccinated on time. Follow local guidance about vaccination.
- Take care of your health so you can help others!
It’s important to be aware of the virus. This post should have educated you on what Covid-19 or its variant Omicron is and how it can affect your health. If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with the virus, then please take precautions by following these simple safety tips that will protect both yourself and others from contracting this deadly illness.