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COVID-19: WHO recommends 10 basic preventive measures

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Geneva, Feb 29 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) has outlined 10 basic personal prevention measures against COVID-19, including cleaning hands and surfaces regularly and avoiding travelling when having a fever or cough.

“Your risk depends on where you live, your age and general health. WHO can provide general guidance. You should also follow your national guidance and consult local health professionals,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Friday.

  • The first of the 10 measures is to clean hands regularly with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with soap and water. Touching the face after touching contaminated surfaces or sick people is one of the ways the virus can be transmitted. By cleaning the hands, one can reduce the risk.
  • Second, clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant, for example kitchen benches and work desks.
  • Third, educate oneself about COVID-19, but make sure the information comes from reliable sources such as local or national public health agencies, the WHO website, or local health professionals. The symptoms, for most people, start with a fever and a dry cough instead of a runny nose. Most people will have mild disease and get better without needing any special care.
  • Fourth, avoid travelling when having a fever or cough, and when becoming sick while on a flight, inform the crew immediately. Once home, make contact with a health professional.
  • Fifth, cough or sneeze into sleeves or use a tissue which should be disposed immediately into a closed rubbish bin, and then clean hands.
  • Sixth, those who are over 60 years old or having an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, the risk of developing severe disease could be higher. Take extra precautions to avoid crowded areas or places where interaction with people who are sick is possible.
  • Seventh, everyone who feels unwell should stay at home and call doctors or local health professionals who will ask about the symptoms, where one has been and who one has had contact with. This will help to make sure that one gets the right advice, is directed to the right health facility, and will prevent from infecting others.
  • Eighth, stay at home when being sick, and eat and sleep separately from family members, use different utensils and cutlery to eat.
  • Ninth, if shortness of breath appears, call doctors and seek care immediately.
  • And tenth, it’s normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially when living in a country or community that has been affected. Find out what can be done in the community. Discuss how to stay safe with the workplace, school or place of worship.

Containment starts with you. Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumours and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity,” said Tedros.

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Jennifer Stone ready to join COVID-19 battle as registered nurse

In the same post, she further talked about her immediate goal for her new career.

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Los Angeles, April 9 : At a time when several global personalities are making donations to fight the battle against the novel coronavirus, Hollywood actress Jennifer Stone has decided to fight the pandemic as a registered nurse.

The former “Wizards Of Waverly Place” actress announced her plan to fight the global virus as a registered nurse, reports aceshowbiz.com.

She uploaded a photograph on Instagram of her three different ID badges, she captioned it: “A very good friend of mine (@maiarawalsh ) pointed out to me that today is #worldhealthday. It is also the day I went from a volunteer, then a student nurse, and now an RN resident.”

Wizards of Waverly Place's Jennifer Stone Celebrates Being a Nurse ...

In the same post, she further talked about her immediate goal for her new career.

“I just hope to live up to all of the amazing healthcare providers on the front lines now as I get ready to join them,” she said.

Stone completed her nursing school in December 2019.

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Yechury criticises govt over lower Covid-19 testing

According to data, India is testing 102 people per million, Pakistan 191 per million, the USA 6,336 per million. Hong Kong has fared the best by testing 12,900 per million.

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New Delhi, April 9 : On Thursday when India’s coronavirus case count was at 5,734, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury criticised the government over less Covid-19 tests.

Citing data presented by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University, Yechury said India was testing less cases per million, which was even lower than Pakistan.

“Third week into the lockdown, it’s utmost important that we test more than we were doing at the beginning of the lockdown. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. We are testing at even lower rates than Pakistan. The purpose of lockdown is defeated without more testing,” Yechury said.

According to data, India is testing 102 people per million, Pakistan 191 per million, the USA 6,336 per million. Hong Kong has fared the best by testing 12,900 per million.

Yechury also criticised lack of PPEs and ventilators and said it was creating hindrance in India’s war on Covid-19. “The Modi government has failed to provide answers, hiding behind distractions, fudging data,” he said.

However, the central and the state governments have ramped up testing facilities. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said it was considering to scale up testing capacity to 100,000 a day.

But with crucial time running out, the opposition is now running out of patience.

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Kerala Police launches sanitisation bus

Behra said more such buses would be made available across the state for the security force personnel.

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 : State police chief Loknath Behra, here on Thursday, launched a sanitisation bus for cops doing round the clock duty to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The bus, which is currently operates in the state capital district, helps sanitise the officials on their duty spots. Those wishing to be sanitised has to enter the bus from one door and walk out of the other door.

Behra said more such buses would be made available across the state for the security force personnel.

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