Government Advice on Coronavirus
The latest strain of coronavirus affecting humans, Covid-19, has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, all over the world. With the United Kingdom have been in lockdown for almost a month, experts have warned that any let up in the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus may prove fatal. In this post, we will revisit some of the key elements of the government’s advice on combatting coronavirus and preventing its resurgence.
Aged 70 or Above and Underlying Medical Conditions
Are you aged 70 or over? Early statistics show that people aged over 70 are at greater risk of developing serious complications from coronavirus. With age, the immune system becomes weakened and is unable to fight off infection. Thus, regardless of the absence of underlying medical conditions, the government has advised anyone over 70 to adhere to the government’s advice on self-isolation and social distancing.
Are you below 70 and suffer from an underlying medical condition? Those suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis are the most risk from a resurgence of coronavirus. People suffering from heart disease, liver disease, neurological conditions, diabetes and obesity, are similarly at greatest risk from Covid-19.
Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene
The government has advised people to increase the frequency with which they wash their hands. A regimen of handwashing using soap and water for twenty seconds has been advised. In the absence of access to soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitiser gels will also suffice, helping to prevent bacteria entering the system. Although the government has not expressly advised the use of face masks, experts advise that respirator face masks with the designations of KN95, N95 or FFP2, can help filter out a minimum of 95% of virus and bacteria particles, as well as other harmful respirable substances.