A new type of coronavirus has caused outbreak in China called COVID-19. On January 30, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, making traveling difficult. This virus is passed from person to person, how contagious it is is still unknown. How can parents prepare their families to travel during the outbreak?
According to FlyHealthy Research Team, passengers in window seats have the lowest likelihood of coming in contact with an infected person. Window seat passengers have far fewer encounters than people with other seats. When you choose to sit in a window seat, you are lowering your likelihood into coming into contact with the infectious disease.
When washing your hands with soap, you can kill harmful viruses that may be transferred to your hand. According to World Health Organization, wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, before and during you prepare food, before eating food, after using the toilet, when caring for the sick, and after handling animals. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
The CDC does not recommend people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves. According to World Health Organization, you only need to wear a mask if you have cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. If you do not have these symptoms, you don’t need to wear a mask because there is so evidence that this will protect you. However, if you are healthy and taking care of a person who might be infected, you may need to wear a mask as well. Specially so in an enclosed area like the plane, it’s important to protect yourself from people who may have the virus.
Everybody has the tendency to touch their face and this is definitely a habit that’s hard to break! You use your hands for everything. It’s important to remember to remember that when your hands are contaminated because hands may transfer onto your eyes, nose, or mouth. When the virus enters your body, you may catch harmful viruses like COVID-19.
If there is no soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Depending on the type of surface, temperature, or humidity, coronaviruses stay on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. Coronaviruses is said to stay up to nine days at room temperature.
Frequently clean surfaces and objects using disinfecting spray or wipes to avoid any kind of infectious disease. According to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, “On copper and steel it’s pretty typical, it’s pretty much about two hours. But I will say on other surfaces – cardboard or plastic – it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.”
Sleep actually helps the immune system. Sleep improves immune cells that are known as T cells. According to Stoyan Dimitrov, a researcher in the University of Tübingen, T cells help fight virus-infected cells and cancer cells. Adults need a minimum of seven hours sleep every night while kids need 10-12 hours.
Dehydration can contribute to a weak immune system. Unlike caffeine and alcoholic beverages, water will keep you from dehydration.
Coronavirus is believed to start in a wet market in Wuhan, China where they sold dead and live animals. The original animal host is thought to be bats but may have infected chickens and other animals. On a plant-based diet, the dietary fiber in vegetables, fruits and wholegrain contributes to a proper digestion and a healthy immune system.
If symptoms can be handled with over-the-counter medicine from your local drugstore, you should consider staying home. It’s advisable to avoid traveling especially so when you’re sick because you have higher chances of getting the infectious disease.
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