The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation is sending fear and anxiety waves across the globe, and people are worried about the changes happening to our daily routines. With the lockdown enforcing remote working for many, the fear of job loss, and the pressure of handling multiple responsibilities at home is stressing out people. To add to the agony, there is so much information coming up everyday across the web, of which, most of them seem to be fake.
To help businesses thrive better employee wellness, and individuals to have holistic health at such times, we have compiled different reliable resources that provide the right guidelines and facts.
COVID-19 – An Overview
A contagious infection, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causes respiratory illness, and is known to spread through the mucus or saliva of the infected person. Studies say the risk is higher in older people and those who have other underlying health issues like chronic respiratory ailments, cardiovascular disorders, and diabetes.
Causing mild to severe respiratory issues, the symptoms of the COVID-19 are quite similar to that of the common cold and flu.
The most common warning signs are –
- Respiratory issues – mild to moderate severity
- Cold or runny nose
- Dry cough
- Nausea and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Pains and aches
Experts suggest that if you are experiencing mild symptoms, you must self-isolate yourself and seek medical assistance or guidance from the COVID-19 information line. If the symptoms are severe, and have difficulty in breathing, you should ask for quick medical help.
Ground Precautions Against COVID-19
Studies say that many people who are infected with the coronavirus may still be asymptomatic and feel healthy. Unfortunately, they could still carry the active virus, and may pass on to other people through their mucus or saliva droplets.
To keep yourself safe from such unexpected infections, it is crucial to follow some basic precautionary guidelines.
Here is a quick glance of the precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 infection.
- Use handwash and water to frequently wash hands, for at least 20 seconds every time.
- If you do not have soap or water, use a 60% alcohol-based sanitizer or wipes.
- Do not sneeze or cough in your hands; Use a tissue and discard it soon.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, especially after sneezing, coughing, or touching public objects.
- Maintain social distancing and stay at home. If need comes to go out, keep enough distance from others.
- Use a clean mask and hand gloves if you are going out of home or meeting outsiders
- Regularly clean and disinfect objects that are used often – remote controls, laptops and computers, mobile phones, door handles, and other common surfaces.
- Follow a routine with healthy habits for a stronger immune system – eat nutritious home-cooked food, exercise daily for at least 30 minutes a day, get 6 – 7 hours of good sleep, restrict smoking and alcohol intake, and practice mediation and other relaxation techniques to avoid mental stress.
Although these guidelines could help with relieving stress to many, the anxiety and worries might still not fade away completely, causing mental stress in the long run. If you want to offer more health benefits to your employees, Sign Up for our corporate wellness programs.
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Other COVID-19 credible resources and information
With new updates and plenty of information coming up every day about the coronavirus, there is also a lot of speculation and fake news doing the rounds. We suggest you to avoid such information channels and platforms, and only follow information and updates from reliable resources, like –
- Updates and information about COVID-19 from WHO
- Basic preventive measure materials from the World Health Organization (WHO)
- COVID-19 Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Situation Summary of the coronavirus in the USA from CDC
- CDC FAQs and other information about Travel during COVID-19
- Information from John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center