COVID-19 cases continue to grow in number worldwide, and while the vast majority of people are now vaccinated against the virus, this does not stop people from becoming infected. Vaccines are essential to reduce the severity of the symptoms that are experienced. However, alongside vaccination, there are also other steps that can be taken to stop Covid-19 in its tracks.
A new study that has been published in the PLOS Medicine journal has stated that there are three simple steps that can be taken in order to stop or slow the process of COVID-19. These steps are simplistic: physical distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing.
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How We Can Stop COVID-19
The study has stated that alongside being immunized, if enough people take simple steps to safeguard their overall health and risk of transmission, they can drastically help to reduce the spread of this deadly illness.
The study also noted that these simplistic measures need to be adopted by over 50% of the overall population of the United States in order to prevent the virus from continuing to spread and thrive. If the population becomes aware of these simplistic measures and becomes better accustomed to practicing prevention measures, then this can diminish and postpone the overall number of people who are infected with the virus.
The study that was conducted by researchers developed a model of the spread of the virus that was based on factual information about the epidemiology of the disease. This computational model was then utilized in order to study the predicted consequences of such prevention measures.
The conclusion was that combining self-imposed measures to prevent the spread with social distancing has the potential to prevent the spread of the virus. In essence, if people impose prevention measures like mask-wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing, they will drastically decrease the chance of contracting and transmitting the virus. When combined, these three measures are a triple threat fighting mechanism against the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that physical distancing also helps to reduce the stress on healthcare services, increasing their efficiency and capacity by proxy. They assessed this by using a mathematical model in order to assess the efficiency of social distancing, the results showcased how distancing interventions help to drastically reduce the rate of transmission between different parties.
Washing your hands on a regular basis also helps people to remain consistently healthy and prevent the overall spread of respiratory infections by proxy. Germs are easily spread from infected people whenever they touch others or surfaces and objects that have already been contaminated.
How To Properly Wash Your Hands
When avoiding contracting any virus, including coronavirus, you should always ensure that you are washing your hands properly and consistently. You should always make sure that you are washing your hands whenever you have been in a public place especially. This is true when traveling using public transport and when eating at a restaurant.
Most people do not wash their hands properly, regardless of whether they have visited the restroom or not. They tend to splash their hands with water and a minimal amount of soap and make the assumption that their hands are clean thereafter. However, thoroughly washing your hands involves dousing them in an abundance of water and using copious amounts of soap during the process.
You should also ensure that you are washing your hands for a longer period of time than feels comfortable. While you may be cautious about over-washing your hands, you should counter any dryness by using hand cream to moisturize your palms thereafter. You should also make sure that you are cleaning any dirt that lies dormant under your nails. Many of us will eat fast food with our hands after using self-service machines, and this is a massively hazardous source of infection.
To conclude, there are numerous means of preventing and stopping the spread of Covid-19. These include maintaining a rigorous hygiene routine and washing your hands thoroughly on a regular basis, wearing a mask when in public places, and practicing physical distancing where possible.
Physical distance should be practiced during the winter months especially, as there tends to be a higher amount of viruses in the air that are more easily able to be contracted. Respiratory infections are easily spread. Thus, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle and distance yourself from those who are displaying symptoms. It is also important that those who are sick stay in their homes wherever possible, and order in groceries to avoid infecting others in public places like grocery stores.