February 6, 2020
By Jordan Cryderman
With the flu season upon us, here are some key tips to help prevent the spread of germs that cause the flu and common cold. These same tips can be applied to help prevent catching the Coronavirus. Although Canada, and specifically, British Columbia, is currently at low risk for the virus, it is important to be prepared.
1. You’ve heard it many times - wash your hands! This includes after blowing your nose, after handling garbage and before, during, and after preparing food.
Although using soap and water is the most effective method of washing your hands, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. Hand sanitizer does not remove all types of germs, and it might not be effective in removing harmful chemicals or heavy metals. However, it can remove germs quickly if your hands are clear of visible dirt.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as these are easy ways for a virus or bacteria to enter your body. If you touch an area that another infected person came into contact with, chances are those same germs are now on your hands.
3. Clean and disinfect touched surfaces at home, work, or school. This includes countertops, door handles, desks, and even your keyboard and mouse. Germs can remain after an infected person has touched a surface, and can transfer to another person upon contact.
4. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, preferably with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue available, the next best option is the upper portion of your sleeve.
5. Stay home! If you or a family member gets sick, staying home from work or school, will help prevent the spread of the flu or sickness to your work or school mates.
6. Good health habits are a great way to prevent yourself from getting sick as well. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat nutritious food, and drink plenty of fluids.
All of these tips will help you in the fight against the flu and other illnesses, including the Coronavirus. With the regularly featured news stories on the virus, misconceptions are abundant, even though Canada’s risk level is low.
Here are a few of those myths, and the truth behind them:
1. It’s unsafe to receive parcels from China: This is false, as the virus does not survive long on physical objects, and therefore, it is safe to receive parcels from China.
2. You will die if you get the Coronavirus: Only 2% of Coronavirus cases have reported deaths, most of which were associated with a weaker immune system.
3. Your pet can spread the Coronavirus: There is no current evidence that animals and pets can be infected with the Coronavirus.
4. Eating garlic will protect you from the Coronavirus: Although garlic has antimicrobial properties, it cannot prevent you from contracting the Coronavirus.
There are many more misconceptions, so be sure to do your research before believing everything on TV or the radio!
For updates on the Coronavirus, check BCCDC.ca.
Last modified: Friday 12-Jun-20 15:43:45 PDT