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Tips to fight the spread of COVID-19

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Fighting COVID-19 in Oman

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The spread of COVID-19 has affected diverse communities around the globe.

We are sharing these with you to help create awareness on stopping the spread of the disease.

Priority for the coming few weeks is to:

  • Avoid any social gatherings
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • If you have to go out, then maintain a social distance

This would slow down the spread of the disease so that the health care system can handle infected cases and provide much needed care.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please use these resources to educate communities on importance of staying home and maintaining social distance. Also learn how to keep your loved ones and yourself safe from COVID-19.

Please share these with your friends and colleagues on social media and help spread awareness on staying safe during these trying times.

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Hygiene habits - Do it for yourself, do it for others

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Protect others from getting sick

How can YOU protect others from getting sick…?

  • Always practice good hygiene and personal cleanliness
  • Advocate healthy habits
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene
  • Isolate yourself if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled back from an infected zone or have been in close contact with someone who was infected. Please see self-isolation
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Do it for yourself, do it for others

Follow these steps that help prevent transmission or infection:

  • coughing and sneezing into your sleeve
  • ensuring hands are always sanitised
  • proper disposal of masks, tissues and other such items

As important as it is to treat those affected by COVID-19, it is also essential that the spread of the virus is contained. This can only be possible if everyone in the community understands the repercussions of their actions, takes individual responsibility to do their part, and acts as compassionate community members. Do your bit and download and share the posters.

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Stay Safe

One of the main concerns with Coronavirus is that many a times, the carriers are themselves are unaware that:

they have been infected therefore, social distancing has become the new trend where people avoid close contact with others and maintain a safe distance from one another. Ensuring hands are always sanitised and washed for at least 20 seconds is also a must.
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Food Safety

If you work in the food and hospitality industry you should wear gloves while you prepare or handle food.

If you prepare food at home, please ensure you maintain good food hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly. Before you cook meat make sure it’s defrosted if it was kept frozen and is at room temperature.

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Stay Safe Continued

With the symptoms of the virus now known, it is critical for those who are :

Experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing alert their healthcare professionals at the earliest or practice the necessary guidelines issued. Do not attempt to conceal any information that is being asked by your healthcare professionals.

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Social distancing – Don’t pass it on

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Social distancing - a required measure to stop the spread of COVID-19

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Stay home as much as possible – the less time people spend together, the lesser are the chances of contracting and spreading the virus
  • Work from home – it's become the new trend at most workplaces
  • Avoiding gatherings – especially when it’s a group of strangers. You”ll with You never know who is a carrier as many of them don’t show any symptoms immediately
  • If you have to go out, maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between people
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Flattening the curve

Social Distancing will help flatten the curve.

The idea of social distancing might seem uncomfortable, but it is essential if we want to flatten the curve in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Flattening the curve means employing protective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that there is a lesser strain on healthcare professionals, hospitals and the availability of medications.

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Self-Isolation

Isolate yourself at home from others if you think you may have contracted the Coronavirus because of close contact with an affected person or due to their travel history.

Self-isolation is a measure where people strictly avoid going outside their homes and drastically reduce their contact with people. With all local food delivery services working in full swing, it is advised that they have food and other essentials delivered home.

For people who are practicing self-isolation and are a part of a larger household, it is essential that they keep to themselves and avoid shared bathrooms, if possible.

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Facts – Good to know

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When to use a mask?

Masks have been a key instrument in the prevention of the spread of the virus but should only be worn by those advised to do so. At the same time, disposal of masks is also critical and should be done diligently
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Are Thermal Scanners effective in detecting COVID-19?

Monitoring the body temperature is a method that is widely being used to help ascertain whether a person is suffering from fever, but it still cannot guarantee if the person has been infected by the Coronavirus itself. Nevertheless, it gives an indication of the possibility of the infection and therefore warrants extra precaution if such conditions persist.

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Fact or Fiction

Follow the guidance published by reliable sources.

The new Coronavirus is something that we are still learning about with each passing day. However, at the same time, as with anything that has its own set of unanswered questions people have also started circulating misleading information. with multiple channels of communication, news spreads fast, but so do rumours. It is imperative that the public follows the guidelines published by reliable mediums only. With the outbreak first recorded in China, there is a growing concern that packages from China could serve as carriers of the COVID-19. Fortunately with the right medical evidence backed by statistical data, these myths have been debunked.
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Hand Dryers and COVID -19

Are hand dryers effective against killing the virus?

There has been no vaccine discovered yet to kill the Coronavirus, so once the virus enters the body, only symptomatic treatment can be followed.
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Can ultraviolet lamps kill Coronavirus…?

Ultraviolet disinfection lamps are effective for disinfecting surfaces, medical equipment, and other such items, however should not be used on the body

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