As Malaysians still need to adhere to the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) until 31st March 2020 (extended 14 April 2020), it is necessary to work from home and venture out to buy the essentials like food, groceries and medications from your nearest supermarket and pharmacy when you are running low on stock. It is very important to protect yourself from catching the virus or spreading it. Below are some protective measures and good hygiene practices listed by Infosihat that all of us should start practicing.
Washing or sanitizing your hands regularly
This has been the most talked about point and the easiest to practice. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (that is equivalent to singing 2 rounds of the Happy Birthday song!) with soap and water or sanitize them with an alcohol-base of at least 70%. Doing either of these will kill any bacteria and virus on your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
These parts are key areas for bacteria and viruses to enter your body. Your hands touch many surfaces which may be contaminated before you transfer it unknowingly to areas on your face. Do practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water as the above. Wear a mask and glasses if you are worried about touching your face and eyes.
Practice proper etiquette
Wear a mask at all times when you go out of the house. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing if you are not wearing a mask; neglecting to do this can spread germs to surrounding objects or others around you. Do throw the used tissue in a closed trash bin when you are done.
Maintain social distancing
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Malaysia recommends maintaining a distance of at least three feet (1 meter) between yourself and others around you. While this is the recommended distance, it is best to reduce contact with anyone who coughs, sneezes and has a fever.
Seek medical care if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing
If you start to have symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately. This could also be caused by several other causes depending on your personal health and recent travel history. Wear a mask when you start to show these symptoms.
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