By Precious Onome
COVID19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduce to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person, mainly through the droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. These droplets are too heavy to travel far in the air, they only travel approximately one metre and quickly settle on surfaces. This is the reason person to person spread is happening mainly between close contacts.
The exact time that the virus can survive on surfaces is not yet known. So it is wise to clean surfaces, regularly particularly in the vicinity of people infected with COVID19.
Hands touch many surfaces, which can be contaminated with the virus. You should therefore avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, since contaminated hands can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
When Coughing or sneezing DAB (cover your mouth and nose with the bend of your elbow) or use a disposable tissue. If a tissue is used discard it immediately into a closed bin.
The most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus is to clean your hands frequently with an alcohol based hand rub or soap and water. This will eliminate the virus if it is on your hands. Stay healthy and PREVENT THE SPREAD of COVID19.