The world is currently being taken over by a pandemic known as the novel coronavirus, also known as Covid-19. After a few months, the virus has spread practically all over the world. People are scrambling, trying to figure out how to deal with this new and never-before-seen type of coronavirus. While scientists are still trying to find a cure for the virus, we should not panic. There are still ways to protect yourself from the virus and avoid contracting it.
The Current Situation in Texas and US
As of March 14, the number of coronavirus cases in the US has gone up to 2,900 with an estimated 59 deaths. There have been over 30 confirmed cases in the state of Texas, with about 50 more pending tests from Texas citizens. It is because of this that the governor has decided to declare a state of disaster.
What Can You Do?
While the statistics do seem pretty scary, one shouldn’t just go scrambling about in a blind panic. Yes, the virus is very infectious and can spread, but there are still some things you can do.
The first thing you should do is know what you’re dealing with. Not much is known about it since it is new, but what is definitely known is that the virus has a predilection for those who are immunocompromised as well as the more elderly individuals in the population. These two populations are at higher risk of acquiring the virus. But whether you are old or young, healthy or not, you should all exercise the same caution.
Maintain Proper Hygiene
One of the most basic ways to avoid getting the virus is to maintain proper hygiene. That includes washing your hands properly, and health agencies all over the world cannot stress the importance of this enough. In relation to this, disinfect and objects and surfaces that you touch frequently, like countertops and your cell phone.
You do not need to wear a face mask as these are only needed by those who are sick. So, it is also very important that you keep yourself as healthy as possible. Another very important thing that you should do is to practice social isolation or distancing. Avoid large crowds and only go out if it is indeed necessary.
The current situation can definitely be scary, but there are still some things you can do to avoid getting the virus. While a cure for the virus is still being researched, it would be best to just do your part and keep clean and avoid going out as much as possible to avoid spreading the virus as well as to avoid contracting it. While it may seem like a chore, it would be best to keep this practice until things start settling down.