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COVID-19 Suspected In Penang, Here Are 5 Safety Measures According To (WHO)

Penangites, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 around the world, we’re sure everyone is currently on their feet right now. 2 days ago, there were suspected cases of COVID-19 here and this will undoubtedly cause a sense of panic among the public. But, the cases were merely under suspicion and there is no confirmation about Penang being a victim to this global outbreak just yet.

Always Be Alert & Cautious Amidst The Outbreak

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Regardless, we should still take some safety measures to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. So, with that, we’ve picked out several precaution steps from World Health Organization. Here are the basic protective measures that we should all comply with right now.

1. Maintain Social Distancing

It is advisable to maintain an appropriate distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. This is because 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.

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2. Wash Hands Frequently

We’ve probably seen this everywhere but it really is the best preventive step we can all take. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This will kill viruses that may be on your hands.

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Photo: @who.int (Website)

3. Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth

Our hands often touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once the surface is contaminated and we come into contact with it, our hands can transfer the virus to our eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter our body and make us sick.

4. Practise Respiratory Hygiene 

It’s advisable to follow good respiratory hygiene. This includes covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

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Photo: @who.int (Website)

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

5. Seek Medical Care Early

If you feel unwell, it is recommended that you stay at home. In case of fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Visit WHO Official Website For More Updates On COVID-19

The above-mentioned steps are merely basic advice to tackle this global outbreak. For more information, head on over to WHO’s official website. For now, it’s best to always stay cautious and be alert at all times. Or, alternatively, keep updated via Malaysia’s Ministry Of Health Official Telegram page.

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