On March 29th, 2020, the president of the federal republic of Nigeria placed the FCT, Lagos and Ogun State on a 14-day initial lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease. At the end of the two weeks, the lockdown was extended by another three weeks.
The lockdown ended on May 4th, and the major roads in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun were once again crowded with people commuting to their places of work in public transport and private vehicles.
With people allowed to move about freely, some Nigerians have expressed fear that there's sure to be a massive spike in the number of confirmed cases in the weeks that follow.
If you have a business or job that takes you out every day, it’s imperative that you protect yourself from the deadly virus.
Here are 3 Ways To Protect Yourself from COVID-19
1. Always Put On A Facemask
Countless virologic studies have shown that the coronavirus disease is transmitted from respiratory droplets.
In other words, if someone close to you has the virus and coughs or sneezes, you might get infected by inhaling the droplets.
The problem is lots of carriers of the coronavirus disease are asymptomatic (meaning they show no symptoms of carrying the virus.)
Such individuals will appear healthy to you but are ticking time bombs – which is why it's essential to wear a facemask at all times when outdoors.
2. Wash Your Hands Regularly and Thoroughly
Another known method of contracting the coronavirus disease is by touching contaminated surfaces.
Just as in the case of inhaling respiratory droplets of those infected, touching surfaces where droplets have fallen can as well get people infected if those hands are used to touch the face without first being washed.
As you go about your business during this lockdown ease, don't forget to make a hand sanitizer your companion. If you don't have a hand sanitizer, make sure ‘not to touch your face' until you've washed your hands under running water for approximately 40 seconds.
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3. Maintain Social Distancing
In a metropolis like Lagos, it's easy for people to find themselves in crowded spaces. However, you must do everything possible to keep your distance in such crowded places.
Even when it seems the people around you are healthy, it's still within your best interest to maintain a social distance of 3 feet between yourself and others – not just when they cough, sneeze or speak but at all times when outdoors.
In conclusion, facemasks are a must if you wish to protect yourself against the coronavirus disease, but they aren't the only preventive measures. Don't forget social distancing, and washing your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Protect yourself and loved ones by following the guidelines of the World Health Organization to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Together, we will overcome!