Practical Actions to Protect Yourself

Practical Actions to Protect Yourself

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CCHF posts a series of videos that include explanations of what you need to know and what you can do to protect against COVID-19. 

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Boost Immune System

Boosting your immune system to ward off or diminish symptoms is important. While experts may subscribe to various immune supporting regimens, including to not over-exercise, the following are fairly standard immune boosters:

  • Plenty of sleep
  • Eat nutritious food
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Zinc

Harvard Medical School
Vitamin D and the Immune System - NIH


World Health Organization Recommendations:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you can take the following actions to help protect yourself and others from the coronavirus:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre [meter] (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.


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