A Pharmacist Shares Tips On How To Protect Yourself From COVID-19
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COVID-19 Situation In Malaysia
Here is the latest situation of Covid in Malaysia. As of 4 March 2020, Malaysia registered the biggest surge in patients infected with COVID-19. Our Director of General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed that 14 new cases were reported, bringing the tally to 50 patients. 22 have recovered and were discharged, while the remaining 28 are still receiving treatments in hospitals. (https://twitter.com/DGHisham/status/1235239544238284801)
On an international level (as of 1 March 2020), a total of 7169 patients have been infected outside of China and 104 have died. In China, 79968 were confirmed to be infected, with 2873 deaths. These numbers continue to increase and shows no signs of stopping. (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200301-sitrep-41-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=6768306d_2)
Although news like these are demoralising and devastating, it’s not all doom and gloom. We have a whole range of measures to help limit the spread of this disease. Good news is, it doesn’t cost much to do this.
Here are some tips on how you can reduce the spread of the virus:
Proper Hand Hygiene
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends washing your hands with the correct technique for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If your hands are visibly dirty, always use soap and water. When you are in a situation where soap is not readily available, you can opt for a hand sanitizer or disinfectant.
Proper Respiratory Hygiene
If you are sneezing or coughing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Viruses such as the flu and COVID-19 are spread primarily via droplets.
If you find yourself in a situation without a tissue, you can also use your bent elbow to cushion the cough or sneeze. Once you get access to a bin or washroom, dispose of the used tissue and wash your hands with soap and water.
Stop The Spread Of Unreliable News
We all have that Whatsapp group where we send each other reports and news about anything and everything. “5 Foods You Can Take to Stay Virus-free!” or “Hot Baths kill COVID-19” are examples of misinformation being propagated at an alarming rate.
When you come across a news report or tips to reduce the spread of COVID-19, fact check and find out if the source is reliable. The last thing we need right now is the spread of myths and panic.
As soon as someone falls sick or displays symptoms of a viral infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath), hand them a face mask and isolate the person from those who are healthy. This is important especially in confined settings such as your workplace or home. We should also always have supplies on hand such as tissues, wastebaskets, soap, and hand sanitizers. (Note: face masks should only be worn by those who are sick, and not by EVERYONE)
Public places such as the mall or train station can be a hotbed for pathogens such as the COVID-19. As we might never know who is sick and unwell, it is always useful to have something easily accessibly such as a hand sanitizer.
New research from Singapore recently showed that COVID-19 extensively contaminates our bedrooms and bathrooms. The study also showed that proper disinfectants and sanitizers effectively killed the viruses. (https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/coronavirus-rooms-toilets-disinfectants-kill-virus-covid19-study-12503522?cid=FBcna)
Perform Routine Environmental Cleaning
This applies more to your workplace. Clean frequently touched places or objects such as tabletops, keyboards, doorknobs, or workstations. Spray the surfaces down with a surface sanitizer or disinfectant. Also, have these cleansing agents or wet wipes readily available at these areas so employees can wipe them down before each use. It is also handy if everyone has a pocket-sized sanitizer.
If you're looking for an affordable sanitizer, here's a product which is effective and also safe for use:
Introducing Stoika SDst Antiviral Spray
Stoika SDst Spray is a surface-coating spray which has been proven effective in killing bacteria, fungi, virus and mould. It can be used on any surface, such as baby products, toys, electronics, footwear, bags, bathroom and kitchen and even the inside of your car. It can also be used as a hand sanitizer.
How does it work?
In short, SDst Spray operates through the use of its Nano-sized molecular sword. It penetrates through the cell membrane of the micro bugs and ruptures its structure. For a more detailed explanation of how Stoika SDst spray works, refer to their company website.
Is Stoika Safe For My Child?
With base ingredients approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Stoika is 100% non-toxic. This means that it is completely safe when appropriate amounts are used around and on children. Therefore, Stoika is recommended to be used on your children’s toys.
Where To Buy Stoika SDst Spray
You can purchase Stoika SDst Antiviral spray via our esyms online pharmacy. We provide free same-day delivery so you don’t have to go through the hassle of leaving your home.
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine for it yet, prevention is better than cure.
WHO recommends the most effective ways to protect yourself and others are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
Most importantly, pay attention to travel advisories given by the local health authorities if you wish to travel.