Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19); How to Protect?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread in 171 countries and regions of the world. The virus has been identified in twenty four bodies till now in Bangladesh. More than thirteen thousand people have already died of the virus worldwide. There are more than three lakh in the infected state. However, many researchers believe that the number of people infected can be up to ten times that.

Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that, “Bangladesh has enough capability to face coronavirus and we’ll do that. There’s nothing to be worried,”
She also said, “Government is monitoring the situation round the clock and will take immediate appropriate steps if any problem arises in any place. All have to remain neat and clean and follow the instructions of the health ministry,”

Coronavirus Info Hotline: 333 / 16263

For any suspected case of the novel virus, people have been advised to contact the control room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) through hotline numbers — 01937110011, 019370009111, 01927711784 and 01927711785.

The following is a list of protective measures advised by the World Health Organization to stay safe from the COVID-19.

1. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

4. Practise respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical care early.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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