Coronavirus: How to go for a walk safely, without getting infected With COVID-19

Apr 17

PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WHEN WALKING DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), have advised all people to stay indoors to avoid contact with other people as much as they can. This is because the virus has a long incubation period of around 14days and most people don't even know that they are infected until it's too late. 

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The number of people one comes into contact for fourteen days is surprisingly a lot. The follow-ups of people who've been in contact with infected people have resulted in hundreds of people getting tested.

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As much as we have been advised to stay indoors, it is almost impossible to not get out of the hours because at some point you will have to get supplies or even go for grocery shopping, go see a doctor for a completely unrelated problem among other reasons.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has come up with ways in which you can reduce the chances of one getting infected once they have to go outdoors. These chances are:

Wear protective clothing. 

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The recommended clothing to prevent one from contacting COVID-19 are masks to cover your nose and mouth to filter germs including the virus the air one is breathing in. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also asked people to wear disposable gloves too. COVID-19 virus can survive for very long on surfaces. It survives for more than 24 hours on surfaces which is why gloves are recommended to prevent you from touching infected surfaces.


Avoid crowds. 

The COVID-19 virus also spreads through body fluids and this includes saliva and sweat thus the main reason why the World Health Organization (WHO) gave this recommendation. The more people come into contact the faster the virus spreads infecting more people than it already has. When one stays away from crowds, they reduce their chances of contacting coronavirus.

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Avoid touching your face as much as you can. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued this recommendation on the fact that the nose, eyes, and mouth that are part of the face are open areas. The hands are also most likely to come into contact with the virus and by touching one's face the virus could enter the body through these open areas.


Wash your hands regularly. 

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This is based on the fact that the hands have the highest chance of coming into contact with the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO), advised that one should wash their hands regularly by using soap and water for about 20 seconds. Alternatively, one can use alcohol-based sanitizer with a very high alcohol concentration of about 60% as it kills all germs effectively and efficiently.


Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when sneezing or coughing.

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This advice by the World Health Organization (WHO) was based on the fact that the inner elbow is less likely to come into contact with other surfaces and people. This will reduce the spread rate of the virus through contact.

Conclusion

Taking a walk is good for one's both physical and mental health and also helps boost the immune system which is why the following precaution has been put in place. The World Health Organization (WHO) also advised that walks should be reduced and only taken when necessary.

 

 


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