The world is currently reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting all nations around the globe. It is a time of worry and fear for many, as a severe threat to health persists and Dubai, along with the rest of the world, is threatened by an economic slowdown. Currently, the number of patients affected by COVID-19 is still experiencing an upward trend, with no signs of slowing down in the near future.
Since up till date no medication has been introduced to treat this virus, the words “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer. This involves social distancing in order to limit the spread of the disease.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as qualified medical practitioners and scientists all agree that social distancing is currently the most effective method of slowing down the spread of COVID-19.
Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, refers to limiting face-to-face contact with others in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Research has shown that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from infected individuals via respiratory droplets or direct contact. It may also be spread by touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with the infected droplets. These droplets may remain in the air for several minutes before landing on a surface or individual.
Therefore, limiting direct contact with others is necessary to limit the spread of the disease. Maintaining a healthy 6 feet distance between others is ideal to avoid contamination or spread of the disease.
In many cases, individuals affected by COVID-19 are asymptomatic for several days, therefore it is important to maintain distance from everyone, whether they are showing Coronavirus symptoms or not.
Avoiding contact with others may seem like an extreme measure, but it is the single most effective way of preventing interaction with infected droplets. Social distancing keeps you safe as well as prevents you from becoming a carrier of the disease and transmitting it to others.
You can practice healthy social distancing by limiting your contact with others. The very fundamental ways to practice healthy social distancing includes:
In the case of having to take essential trips, for instance to the grocery store or pharmacy, there are some measures that must be taken to maintain healthy physical distancing and avoiding contamination:
These measures can help limit the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. It will also ensure you do not become a carrier and bring the disease into your home. These measures are necessary in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease locally.
While it is uncertain how long this current situation will last, it is important to do your part to facilitate the slowdown of the novel COVID-19 by limiting face-to-face contact and maintaining healthy social distancing.
For any queries regarding the prevention of COVID-19, or if you are feeling unwell and/or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact us at the German Heart Centre for advice from professional medical practitioners.
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