The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and the number of cases is continuously rising worldwide. To date there is no vaccine that has been formulated for the novel coronavirus. In light of this fact, prevention appears to be the best cure available so far.   

These basic measure can help you to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others and keep the virus at bay-

 1.  Try to stay home if you can. 

2. Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

3. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 70% alcohol.  

4. Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately in a safe place to avoid contamination. 

5.  It very important to practice “social distancing”. Avoid large gatherings and crowds in poorly-ventilated spaces, and try to stay at three to six feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing.

 6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

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

8.  Wear a mask compulsorily whenever you step out. Use a cotton face mask that can be washed and re-used. The use of a N95 mask is advised if you have respiratory symptoms like coughing or sneezing to protect others. If medical masks are worn, they must be used and disposed of properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus. 

9.  Seek an early help if you have a fever, cough, and a hard time breathing. But don’t just drop into the nearest urgent care clinic. Call your doctor to find out the protocol first, to make sure you won’t spread the disease to others.  

10.  You should prioritize your health. Now is not the time to burn the candle at both ends, skip workouts, or ignore a healthy diet—that can weaken your immune system.