The best prevention against the coronavirus is still washing your hands.

When it comes to novel coronavirus protectionface masks are futile. There isn’t a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus is washing your hands — thoroughly — with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And yes, there’s a right way to wash your hands. It’s something of an art form — a timed, multistep process that can involve some light singing.
Here’s the CDC’s official guide on hand-washing. All you need to follow along is a sink and soap:

Step 1

Wet your hands with clean, running water. Then, turn off the tap and soap up your hands.

Step 2

Work the soap into a lather by rubbing your hands together. Lather soap onto the backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails. Lathering causes friction, which strips pesky germs and dirt from the skin. Be sure to get into the nooks and crannies, too — germs lurk there.

How to wash your hands to avoid coronavirus

Step 3

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Sing or hum “Happy Birthday” twice through to keep time.
There’s no magic number, but washing your hands for at least 20 seconds has been shown to remove more microbes than washing for shorter periods does. Singing “Happy Birthday” is just a fun way to make sure you’re scrubbing long enough.

Step 4

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. You’ve lifted the germs from your hands. Clean water flushes them off.

Step 5

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them (or a bit of both). Wet hands easily transfer viruses. Drying them off lessens that risk.
Soap and water are your best defenses against viruses, but hand sanitizer is an okay substitute if you don’t have access to either of those.
Just pump a small glob of sanitizer on one hand and rub your hands together for about 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers won’t get rid of dirt, chemicals or a few types of germs, but they are better than nothing.
A Nigerian doctor, Dr. Gabriel Omonaiye also added that Nigerians should take some measures that will improve their immune system. People should eat a balanced diet and drink lots of water. They should avoid crowded environments. If somebody coughs or sneezes around you, you can offer them a handkerchief or a face mask, if you don’t have any of these, walk away from that person.

According to Dr. Omonaiye, some people talk about how garlic and turmeric kills coronavirus but these things haven’t been scientifically proven. People just create mass hysteria and release uncensored new items without thinking about the implications of the information they disseminate.

“I am not aware of any scientific evidence to back up the claims that ginger, turmeric and garlic kills coronavirus.” Nigerians should wash their hands often with soap and water. They should use hand sanitizers if water and soap isn’t available and eat well. Even though it has been confirmed in Lagos, people should know that it is not as deadly as Ebola virus. The mortality rate is not too high.”

 

Kate

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  1. Ebube says:

    Thank you mom, I know more now

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