How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

A practical guide to improving your personal hygiene.

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Everyone wants to know what they can do to protect themselves from Coronavirus, and anything else that could attack their immune system.

Right? With news reports stating that positive diagnoses are exponentially increasing around the world, we naturally want to know what we can do to protect ourselves and our family.

Research currently suggests that frequently washing your hands, and improving your overall level of hygiene, is the best way to prevent transmission of the virus. Quoting an article published by CNN:

“There isn’t a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel Coronavirus is by washing your hands with soap and water.”

Which is why now is the perfect time to discover the various ways of improving your hygiene, so you can reduce the probability of being infected by Coronavirus.

If you’re frequently washing your hands with antibacterial soap, you can reduce the probability of infection as you won’t be touching your face with dirty fingers.

The CDC suggests that you should “wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”

So whenever you find yourself preparing a meal or anything that requires good personal hygiene, frequently washing your hands will certainly help to reduce the chance of transmission.

Research currently shows that the Coronavirus is transmitted to other people through droplets (such as mucus and saliva).

So if you make sure to sneeze into a tissue, putting it into the trash will help to reduce the chances of becoming infected or passing the virus onto someone else.

If you don’t have a tissue nearby, sneezing into your elbow is another way to ensure that your droplets don’t get onto surfaces that people may touch. After all, with the incubation period lasting up to 24 days, you may be infecting other people, without even realizing it.

If you’re traveling on public transport or walking around your local city, you’ll probably know that handrails and other surfaces may not be as clean as they appear.

For example, several studies have found feces, bacterial diseases, and other nasty things on the handrail of many escalators around the globe.

Reducing the number of times that you touch dirty surfaces is a great way to improve your personal hygiene. As you’re not touching them with your hands, you’re less likely to come into contact with viruses and anything else that could easily harm your immune system.

When you take simple steps to improve your personal hygiene, your chances of catching Coronavirus quickly decrease as you’re consciously doing your best to minimize exposure to the virus.

So if you want to strengthen your immune system, frequently taking preventative measures (such as washing your hands) will certainly reduce your chances of infection.

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