5 ways to self-isolate if you think you have coronavirus

5 ways to self-isolate if you think you have coronavirus

Countries around the world continue to create awareness as the Coronavirus spreads.

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Governments and health experts are currently urging people to take their personal hygiene seriously and as much as possible take the social distance measures seriously.

Health professionals have also suggested self-isolation for persons who have contracted the virus or have come in contact with infected persons.

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Self-isolation means separating yourself from other people so that you can get better without infecting anyone else.

Experts also recommend self-isolation or quarantine for those who have contacted a health professional and show symptoms of the disease — including fever, dry cough, and fatigue.

According to health experts, self-isolation is a highly effective method for slowing the spread of the virus.

Medical experts and officials have outlined some of the best practices for when you are at home keeping away from others because of COVID-19.

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YEN.com.gh presents 5 ways someone with coronavirus can best self-isolate:

  1. Clean and wash “highly-touched” items in the house

A thorough cleaning of highly-touched items and surfaces is recommended. Anything that gets touched in the house should be cleaned thoroughly.

This means counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, etc must be clean daily.

2. Wash hands

It’s the best thing a person can do to avoid infection: If there’s a virus on your hand and you touch your nose, mouth, or eyes, you could be infected.

3. Stay home

For starters, staying home is a must. Seriously, stay home. That should seem obvious from the term “self-isolation,” but it remains the top best practice.

Don't go out if you are ill, instead call the numbers the Ghana Health Service has put out.

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4. Separate from other people

If you live with someone, say a spouse or a partner, it will be a challenge to keep away from them — but it’s precisely what needs to happen.

If possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from everyone else.

5. Keep the fluids from coughs and sneezes out of the air or off surfaces

To stop the spread of the virus through droplets, and the same holds during self-isolation, do not cough or sneeze into the open air.

If you can’t wear a mask to protect others from your particles, either because there’s a shortage or because it causes trouble breathing, then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the death toll from coronavirus in Italy has risen by 475 in the last 24 hours, setting another world record, according to the latest update from the country's Department of Civil Protection.

In total, 2,978 people have so far died due to the disease, only 259 fewer than in China, where the outbreak started.

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