Don’t Panic, Stay Cautious

The crucial thing right now, for everyone, is to just stay calm and stay updated with what is happening around you. Don’t let emotions or fears drive you to shop for unnecessary things or do anything irrational.

Yes, Coronavirus has taken the shape of a pandemic and it can over affect us too if we are not seriously cautious. Together we can fight the virus and can overpower it too. So it is the time to concentrate more on the steps that we can follow rather than stay with panic. Staying calm doesn’t cost you anything but can help you ease through this phase.

How can I prepare for the inevitable coronavirus outbreak?

The first and most important thing is to remain calm. You may not need to buy anything special to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus. The crucial thing right now, for everyone, is to just stay calm and stay updated with what is happening around you. Don’t let emotions or fears drive you to shop for unnecessary things or do anything irrational.

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Do’s and Don’t for Reporters/ Journalists covering COVID-19

World Health Organisation recommends washing your hands with soap and water. Almost every individual has a supply of soap and water at their house. Secondly, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. If you feel sick and easy don’t go outside, stay indoor as much as possible.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDS recommends that you do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. You should clean the objects and surfaces that you touch during the day. You can use a regular household disinfectant for that.

You don’t need to wear surgical or exam gloves either since those will still get dirty and still end up passing an infection. If you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly, you’ll be just fine. This doesn’t just apply to the novel coronavirus; it is basic hygiene, which should be followed regularly too.

Buy a Mask and Start wearing it?

No, unless you work in a health care setting or have someone in your home infected with the Coronavirus. There is absolutely no need for wearing a mask. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention “A mask cannot guarantee complete protection from COVID-19 causing novel coronavirus”.

The CDC meanwhile claims that facemasks can only offer limited protection from respiratory illnesses like the coronavirus. A number of people across the world are buying and covering their face with masks only lead to the supply constraints for the people who may actually in need of them.

Can one buy N95 respirator masks?

A facemask, which is certified as N95, can filter around 95% of the airborne particles and can be helpful in filtering out coronaviruses. But the N95 respirator mask can ensure complete protection only when it is tightly sealed to your face. This means if you do wear a mask, it should fit properly in order to offer you real protection. 

Also, be cautious about buying N95 masks as a lot of online platform claims to be selling N95, but all of them may not be really N95 facemasks. So ensure before you buy a mask whether it is original or not also ensure the manufacturing and expiry date before buying.

What should I buy to brace for the coronavirus outbreak?

If you are still keen on buying something to stay content, you could still get yourself a normal supply of soap, household disinfectants, and nasal decongestants. Now hand sanitizers are a hot favorite amongst consumers, but they won’t offer complete protection from the novel coronavirus, not as much as regular soap-and-water hand washes.

If it comes down to this, you should also prepare to stay indoors for a longer time, and ensure you have got enough supplies in the house and keep following WHO page which can explain and clear many doubts, out of you.

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