Panaji: Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued prevention public advisory amidst the fear of Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
IMA Goa Chief Dr S Samuel Arawattigi in a statement has issued the advisory which is as follows:
■ Please learn an follow all the correct steps of Handwashing with soap and water for at least 40 to 60 seconds minimum is the most effective way to minimize exposure. If soap and water are not available, use a genuine alcohol-based (minimum 70%) hand sanitizer for 20 to 40 seconds minimum.
■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
■ Social distancing is VERY IMPORTANT at this time, avoid crowds and group events, stay 6
feet away from other people.
■ Avoid close contact within 6 feet with people who are sick.
■ Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue paper, then discard the tissue in a contained trash. Else use handkerchiefs but disinfect them before reuse.
■ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like floors, door knobs, handles, etc. The virus can be effectively killed from surfaces with a solution of either ethanol (62-71%
alcohol), lysol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide)
or 1% sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach) in just one minute.
■ Public are not advised to wear facemasks at this time. Only those who have symptoms or close contacts who care for them should wear 3 layer surgical masks.
■ Call your Doctor if you have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient and have symptoms.
For minor symptoms don’t rush to your Doctor and please stay home as much as possible if you are well or have minimal symptoms to reduce your risk of infection at OPD or Hospitals from others.
But those with severe symptoms like breathing difficulty must see your Doctor immediately.
Follow all instructions issued by the Government authorities regularly.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever cough difficulty in breathing) and need to rush to a hospital call 104/108 for dedicated ambulance or contact nearest health centre.
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