As of March 5 (Thursday), the government of Kuwait has reported at least 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In line with this, various travel and health advisories have been issued by the government to prevent the surge in the number of infections locally.
How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges all global citizens to stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.
By following the news, we get important updates as to where we should avoid traveling to at the moment. Also, we get helpful tips on how we can better protect ourselves as well as our entire households from contracting the virus, which has already claimed the lives of hundreds of people in China and other places.
The WHO urges all citizens to remain engaged in the developments of the coronavirus epidemic by following updates from national and local authorities who have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
For those who have recent travel history (past 14 days) to places where COVID-19 is spreading, the WHO offers the following pieces of advice:
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slight runny nose, until you recover. Temporary isolation or avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice right away as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Remember to notify your health provider in advance and tell them of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Informing your health care provider in advance will allow them to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
But if you haven’t had any recent travels to places where COVID-19 is spreading, the WHO still recommends you to perform the following preventive measures to avoid getting sick or contracting viruses from others:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty. Otherwise, you can also clean them by using alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water, as well.
Also, prevent spreading viruses and other harmful pathogens by doing the following:
- Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands when caring for a sick person.
- Wash your hands before, during and after you prepare your food and before eating a meal.
- Wash your hands after using the toilet or when they are visibly dirty.
- Wash your hands after taking care of your pets or cleaning after their waste.
2. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with your sleeves or with a clean tissue paper and be sure to dispose of it properly.
3. Also, avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands as this makes it easy to pick up viruses and/or transmitting them.
4. Avoid visiting crowded places and having close contact with others if you are feeling unwell.
5. And finally, do not spit in public, and observe proper hygiene at all times.
These may all be simple reminders to follow for anyone, but these are the most effective methods to prevent the spread of common viruses and the highly infectious COVID-19 that is on the rise in many parts of the world today.