Tips for Coronavirus prevention
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital, or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have safe working conditions, the training, the pay, and the respect they deserve.”
Many people have spent the last several months self-quarantined or socially isolated to avoid the chance of encountering or being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Carrying the virus to loved ones in the high-risk group is a concern to many people. However, not all of us have the luxury of being able to stay home all of the time, and in particular, healthcare workers are still going to work every day.
Those who are pharmacists, healthcare workers, and essential business workers are still playing critical roles to help others during this pandemic. Healthcare workers are playing a very vital role as we face this global emergency, providing the care that is needed in our hospitals, clinics, and offices.
In these uncertain times, it’s very important for healthcare workers to take care of their patients and themselves simultaneously. In the process, they face many challenges, such as stress on the job, long working hours, fatigue, exposure to pathogens, burnout, physical violence and distress, and low levels of PPE (personal protective equipment like gowns, masks, and gloves).
Brave medical workers around the globe are fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak, and because of that, they are exposing themselves to infection. Most of the time, serious infections can remain undetected due to how fast the virus can travel, but most offices have increased their protection and processes to keep their workers safe. Even with these precautions, there is still a high risk of infection in the healthcare field.
Below are tips for healthcare workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Hygiene: In the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak, personal hygiene (things that we do to prevent disease outbreak and maintain our health) is the biggest priority for medical workers and their families. Sanitizing their hands and other body parts that may be exposed is very important, as is sanitizing items that are touched often, like phones, remotes, kitchen counters, dining tables, etc.
- Isolation: Some healthcare workers have chosen to stay in their clinics or even rent a separate home away from their family to keep their high-risk family members close and to prevent accidentally exposing them to germs they acquire at the workplace.
- Avoiding close contact: Make sure to avoid close contact not only with family members, but also with outsiders, patients, people who are sick, and equipment (home/hospital/clinic), etc., as healthcare workers have a higher risk of getting infected. In October 2020, the CDC defined “close contact” as 15 minutes of cumulative contact with another person. Social distancing is important to avoid novel coronavirus spread. In July, the CDC defined “social distancing” as a distance of 2 arms lengths between persons.
- Use of masks: Make sure a mask is carried and worn when in crowds, or around people. The CDC recommends wearing masks with two or more layers to prevent spreading COVID-19, and that persons who are older than two years old wear them securely over the mouth and nose.
- Staying home: Stay at home as much as possible. Staying home can help you stay safe and save lives!
Apart from following the above-mentioned tips, it is very important to have healthy habits if you are a healthcare worker. Having a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and taking care of your mental health will also help improve your immune system. Keeping our healthcare workers safe is deeply important during this pandemic because they are so important to the fight!