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There are seven ways to protect yourself from not only COVID but all kinds of viruses and bacteria. Simple and effective, yet people often forget.  

1. Wash hands frequently 

Washing hands with soap before eating and right after stepping into your home for at least 20 seconds is the basic and most effective way to keep off viruses and germs. It is lifesaving and yet ignored by many. Alternatively, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water are not available.  

2. Cover when coughing and sneezing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US said that COVID spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even talks. Studies have told us that strong and healthy people can get infected but show no or only mild symptoms. That is why we do not always know whether we are infected or not. And to cover our mouth and nose with a tissue or bend the elbow when coughing or sneezing is always a nice thing to do.

Immediately dispose of used tissues into the trash bin so no one would accidentally touch them. And last but not least, do remember to wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.  

3. Keep hands away from eyes, nose, or mouth

People can also contract the disease by touching first a contaminated surface and then their eyes, nose, or mouth

In addition to avoiding touching face, you can disinfect desk, table, cellphone’s surfaces, or objects you frequently touch throughout the day.  

4. Avoid the 3Cs 

The WHO suggested that people avoid 3Cs, that is to stay away from closed, crowded spaces, and from close contact with people. 

5. Wear a face mask

Face masks help reduce spread of Covid-19. It works like a shield covering your nose and mouth when somebody else does not cover his or hers as the person coughs or sneezes.

6. Get some rest if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell, even with the slightest fever or cough, get rest. But if the fever rises, consult a doctor for medical advice.    

7. Stay informed , but not too informed

Knowledge is power. Make sure you get information from reliable sources, such as WHO, health officials, and trusted news organizations. Keep yourself informed with accurate news and information can reduce unnecessary panic. But only the right amount of information. Too much of it, you may get panic, too.  

Knowing your enemy is crucial to winning a battle. If you do not know the enemy, proceed with caution. When it comes to COVID-19, both are important.

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