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Be Ready for COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself

Medical Opinion

Advice for the public

At the moment, in Kenya, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus infection. But how worried should you really be about contracting the deadly coronavirus as it continues spreading around the world? The WHO says that countries are coordinating government efforts to stop the spread. But since that’s probably out of your control, we’ll share a few tips on how to personally take care of your health and protect others.

Wash your hands frequently

As often as you can, thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Why? Even if your hands are not visibly dirty, they touch many surfaces that may have germs and viruses. You may order online a hand sanitizer from here.

 

Consider Supplements

The immune system simply doesn’t work as well in the cold season, increasing chances of catching a cold and flu. Boost your immunity by getting multivitamins – especially Vitamin C. Daily intake of vitamin C from fruits, vegetables or supplements is essential for good health because your body doesn’t produce or store it.

Get a Flu Vaccine

You are still MUCH more likely to be exposed to flu than to Coronavirus. Reduces the risk of hospitalization and the healthier you are, the lower the risk of you getting Coronavirus. You may get a flu shot in a few minutes by walking into our Nairobi Town pharmacy or our Two Rivers Mall pharmacy.

Practice Respiratory Hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and Coronavirus.

Avoid Close Human Contact

Keep a distance of about a meter from people you interact with if they have flu-like symptoms. Avoid close contact if you’re experiencing cough and fever. If you want to take extra steps to protect yourself – then avoid being in overcrowded public areas where possible.

Seek Medical Care

If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. This is good practice generally to prevent any type flu from getting worse.

Have you had your flu vaccine this year?

Did you know a Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu? Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year.

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