How we can help flatten the curve
The Skin Philosophy would like to provide a little information, advice and support at a time when we all need it most.
As you all know, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. It belongs to a large family of coronaviruses that can cause respiratory infections that vary in severity. Symptoms can range from a mild, cold like illness to more severe pneumonia and respiratory issues. Of those infected, some will recover quickly while others have the potential to rapidly deteriorate.
COVID-19 was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China. However, coronavirus has previously caused epidemics such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012 as well as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002.
The difference is, COVID-19 has escalated into a worldwide, global pandemic with confirmed cases in every continent.
So what can we do to slow down the spread and help contain coronavirus?
Wash your hands regularly
Frequent and thorough hand washing of more than 20 seconds can help kill viruses that may be on your hands.
Being diligent and practicing hand hygiene before and after meal prep, toileting, coughing and sneezing, coming into contact with others or entering and exiting public areas can make a significant and important difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
An alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water are both appropriate for this purpose.
Endeavour to maintain at least 1.5m distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This can prevent aerosolised droplets containing virus from coming into contact with you. If you are too close, droplets that potentially contain COVID-19 can be inhaled if the person coughing or sneezing has been infected.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
Your hands are constantly touching a variety of surfaces and can pick up viruses along the way. Once contaminated, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus then has the opportunity to enter your body and make you sick.
Enforce respiratory hygiene
This involves covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. This can reduce propagation of the virus to others around you.
If you use a tissue, you should discard it into the bin immediately after you cough or sneeze and ensure you wash your hands.
Stay at home
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing stay at home and seek medical advice.
If you have visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading in the last 14 days, stay at home if you develop even mild symptoms. This will protect others from a potential COVID-19 infection and take the burden off health care facilities allowing them to operate more efficiently and effectively.
You can call your national or local health authorities for advice if you are uncertain of how to proceed with your symptoms. You can also call your health care provider for advice or for them to direct you to the right person or health care facility.
Support each other and stay calm
This is a very uncertain time where not only those suffering from COVID-19 are being affected.
Patients with chronic health conditions and co-morbidities are becoming second priority with a lack of medical capacity to look after them.
New medical diagnoses are being missed as health care resources are being re-directed to prepare for an escalation in COVID-19 cases.
Small and large businesses are experiencing losses while workers are gradually being made redundant.
The elderly are being told they are particularly vulnerable to this virus and to protect themselves yet, there isn’t food left on the supermarket shelves for them.
We are all being affected whether we have COVID-19 or not.
Be kind, offer help, remain calm and stay positive.