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Stay healthy during Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak has certainly freaked out many people. There are lots of myth and rumours on how to stay healthy during this novel coronavirus outbreak.

Here are some tips and myth debunked from various reliable sources that I have gathered:

  1. Wash your hand regularly with warm water and scrub thoroughly with soap for about 20 seconds. Source: The guardian

  2. Taking Vitamin C supposedly helps to boost the immune system. However, experts say that it may not help you to stay protected during coronavirus outbreak. So there's no need to stock up. Source:

  3. Cover your mouth with tissue or arm instead of your palm when you cough or sneeze. Throw your tissue in the bin directly. Source: The guardian

  1. Clean and disinfect regularly from touched objects and surfaces. Some Dettol might help! Source:

  2. Is wearing a mask going to help protect myself during the coronavirus outbreak? If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. Source: World Health Organization

  3. Eating garlic is not going to protect yourself coronavirus. Although eating healthy is always a good thing! Source: World Health Organization

  4. Rinsing your nose regularly with saline spray and taking hot baths, hand drying are also not going to help! Source: World Health Organization

  5. There's no need to avoid the gym, but take better precaution in cleaning the equipment before and after you use them. Source: Business Insider Nederland

  6. Children are not immune from coronavirus. Source:

  7. Avoid contact with people who is unwell, even with mild flu. It is best to stay clear from crowded public spaces including public transport, train stations, airports, etc. Source:

  8. You will not get coronavirus from packages you order from Aliexpress, or other packages from China. Source: Harvard Health Publishing

  9. Avoid hand shaking and other social contacts, or even touching your own nose/eyes. Source: World Health Organization

  10. Kids can continue to go to school if they are healthy. Unless if the kids are being sent back from school if the teacher is sick, etc. Source:

  11. Call your doctor first if you have the common symptoms of coronavirus, especially if you have been travelling to any infected area or in direct contact with someone who was travelling from the infected area or diagnosed with active coronavirus.

  • A cough

  • A high temperature

  • Shortness of breath

Only visit the doctor when you really need medical care to avoid spreading. Source:

Survival list on what you need at home if you are on quarantine:

Some items may be familiar with other emergency kit preparation suggestions.

  • Household cleaning spray or wipes

  • Hand soapHand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Tissues

  • Toilet paper

  • Feminine care products

  • Detergent

  • Dish soap

  • Diapers

  • A two-week supply of nonperishable food, snacks and water

  • Food for the kids

  • Pet food

  • Cat litter

  • Prescription medications

  • Vitamins that you normally take

  • Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers and stomach treatments

  • Fluids with electrolytes

  • Batteries

  • Electronic access to medical records or hard copies from your doctor

  • A plan for other family members that you care for if you become sick

  • Netflix!

Bottom line - Eat well, take care of your personal hygiene, minimize social contact and stay alert!

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