Coronavirus: How to maintain your respiratory hygiene

As COVID-19 spreads from the transmission of infectious droplets from one person to another, it is important to cut the source of spreading itself

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With COVID-19 spreading to more than 145 countries now, people all over the world are trying their best to protect themselves from the infection. Be it wearing masks, using sanitizers or washing hands, but the best way to keep the virus at bay is by practicing respiratory hygiene. As COVID-19 spreads from the transmission of infectious droplets from one person to another, it is important to cut the source of spreading itself.

Here are a few ways by which you can practice respiratory hygiene and avoid spreading the infection, in case you are sick-

Cover your mouth
Always cover your mouth while you sneeze or cough. The best way to cough or sneeze is by covering your mouth with your bent elbow. Avoid using a handkerchief as it becomes a place for breeding bacteria and virus. COVID-19 spreads through droplets and thus, it is the best to cover your nose and mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.

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Use tissues
Always carry some tissues with you whenever you head out. Sneeze or cough in the tissue and dispose it off at a safe place. Using tissues is a better option than handkerchiefs, as tissues can be used and thrown, thus preventing the bacteria/virus to spread.
After throwing away used tissues, you must always wash your hands with soap or use a sanitizer to wash away any dirt or germs.

Also read: Coronavirus: Tips to keep your home clean and disinfected

Maintain distance
Whenever someone cough or sneezes, a few droplets escapes their mouth or nose which might contain the virus. If you are standing close to that person, you might contract the virus as the droplets fight fall on you, making you sick later.

The best way to avoid this situation is to maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from anyone in a crowded place. If you are suffering from cough or cold, you must wear a mask in order to avoid spreading it.

Avoid touching mouth and nose
Our hands touch a number of surfaces throughout the day. We unknowingly touch our face, rub our eyes and touch our nose with those dirty hands. These three openings are the easiest way for the virus to enter your body.

In order to protect yourself from COVID-19, you should consciously avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Wash your hands at regular intervals throughout the day. Avoid going to crowded places and try being quarantined for a few days to keep the coronavirus at bay.