Personal Preventive Practices During The Pandemic
For the last few years, we have had to deal with the coronavirus that took the lives of millions of people across the globe. The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) dealt with the situation courageously.
They encouraged personal preventive practices during the pandemic, and this has helped to reduce the number of cases of the virus. Some of these practices are discussed here.
Self-monitoring and quarantine
The CPHA advised people to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19. If the symptoms develop, then they need to isolate themselves at home and get tested for the virus. At the same time, they should seek medical attention.
As the coronavirus gets transmitted by respiratory droplets, physical distancing is necessary. Any kind of social gathering or direct contact between people who are not living in the same household must be avoided.
Use masks all the time
The use of the mask is mandatory to prevent the spreading of the virus. The mask must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth so that the virus cannot get inside the body.
Use of respirators
The use of respirators must only be limited to those who need them. A proper test must be conducted to ensure that the person needs it. Someone who is trained to use the respirators must fit them for the patient.
Everyone must wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds at least. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be used when soap is not available to prevent the spreading of the virus.
Care must be taken when coughing, talking, or sneezing. Wearing a mask can all the time and coughing or sneezing into tissue is recommended. The tissues must be disposed of immediately after use.
Cleaning and disinfection
All the surfaces that are touched often must be cleaned and disinfected regularly. The virus can survive in the environment for several hours and even days. Cleaning can get rid of the virus.
The CPHA had taken community-level measures as well to reduce the spread of the virus. With their initiatives and awareness programs, it has been possible to control the spread of the virus to some extent.