What can we do to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus infection?

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What can we do to control coronavirus?

Despite government, corporate and individual efforts, daily new infection cases are increasing exponentially.   What can we do to control New Coronavirus?

European Region
・The number of new cases and deaths reported in the European Region continues to increase exponentially with 11% and 44% more cases and deaths respectively in the past week compared to the previous week, a record of weekly number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic. Moreover, test positivity rates have been steadily increasing since August and have shown a marked escalation in recent weeks.

Extract from WHO COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update 

 

WHO COVID-19 Situation Report as at 10-11-20

In the UK, in line with other European countries, we can see alarming level of dramatic increase in new infection cases in October and September compared with previous months.

Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms

Life will never be the same, we need to make adjustments to live life with-corona. Let us recap how to live life with coronavirus by reducing infection risk.

COVID Conspiracy Theories

Most of our guests have been co-operative in creating safer environment at The Rufus House, however we notice that there are some people who deny the existence of this very infectious disease.

“COVID-19 is a hoax, why are you so strict!” said one of the guests. I did not know then that COVID Conspiracy Theories existed.

How my mum fell for conspiracy theories
Sebastian’s mum has grown a big online following by spreading dangerous Covid conspiracy theories.

 

COVID-19 IS REAL, IT IS VERY INFECTIOUS

Asymptomatic People

Asymptomatic people without any COVID-19 symptoms, could infect others without knowing.

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Long COVID symptoms

Even young and healthy, some patients are left struggling with “long COVID symptoms” including lasting fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months.

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COVID-19 Risk visualisation videos

COVID-19 is a very infectious disease, asymptomatic person can infect others without knowing that he/she has virus.

It is rather difficult to visualise how virus can spread. I found those COVID-19 Infection Risk visualisation videos by NHK very useful in creating safer environment at Rufus House.

Visualizations of COVID-19 Risks | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand

What can we do against coronavirus

We have lived with New Coronavirus for some time, science gained enough knowledge on “how to stay safe” by reducing the risk of being infected.

  1. Avoid Confined spaces ⇒Ventilate air
  2. Avoid Crowed places ⇒ use face coverings
  3. Avoid Close contact ⇒  2m  Social Distancing
  4. Other point:
    Frequent hand wash, do not touch your face, do not share food/towels etc. and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.

Avoid the 3Cs by WHO

What we can do now

In accordance with Office for National Statistics, GDP fell by 20.4% in April 2020, the largest fall since monthly records began.

The UK economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

 

We all have to work together

First we need to control pandemic!

  • Stay safe by avoiding Three Cs and practicing hygiene: one has to be responsible in reducing infection risk.
  • Any doubt of infection, follow government guidelines. Strictly follow self-isolation procedure to protect other people.
  • Each of us needs to follow government instructions to control this pandemic.  It is time each of us cultivated Altruism, not Egoism.  We all need to work together to be safe, this would ultimately lead to recover UK economy.

 

Stay safe, but we do not need to be overanxious.

Etsuko Ito MSc.

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