Covid-19 and Protecting Yourself

Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all international organisations and government of each country have adopted several means to stop the spread of the deadly virus. At Essendon, we are not excluded from adopting safety precautions and guidelines to keep ourselves safe from the virus.

Protect Yourself and Help Stop the Spread

If the coronavirus pandemic seems to be on the increase in your immediate community, ensure that you take precautions to contain the virus and stop the spread. Such precautions include practising social distancing, wearing a face mask, keeping enclosed spaces ventilated, washing and sanitising your hands and other high touch areas, and coughing into your elbow instead of your hands adequately. The safety precautions are a lot, but it is a small price to pay to stay safe and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

What Must You Do to Keep Yourself and Others Safe from the Virus?

  • You must maintain nothing less than a 6-feet distance between yourself and other persons, especially when in public. It is to reduce your likelihood of getting the virus if an infected person coughs or sneezes. If possible, ensure you stay indoors as that is the most guaranteed way of staying safe. The further away, the better.
  • Normalise wearing a face mask at all times, especially when you are around other persons and in public spaces. Also, use the face mask effectively. Do not hang the face mask below your chin, but cover up your nose and mouth adequately at all times. Ensure that your face mask is clean and worn with clean hands to avoid any infection.

The safest way to ensure your face mask is safe from infection is to always store in a clean, dry bag when not in use.

How Can You Make Your Environment Safer?

  • Be cautious of your environment at all times because the risk of contracting the virus is usually higher when in public places that are not adequately ventilated.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces, crowded areas and spots that involve coming in close contact with other persons.

Regular Hygiene Practices to Observe

  • Wash your hands as many times as possible during the day. Make use of an alcohol-based soap or hand sanitiser to kill germs on your hands.
  • Desist from always touching areas like your eyes, nose, mouth and open wound on your skin. It is because the virus could be transferred from your hands into your bloodstream through these channels.
  • Always cover your face or mouth using a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of the tissue following usage. You can also cough into your elbow.
  • When you follow these instructions, you observe good respiratory hygiene and keep people around you from contracting your cough, cold or even the virus.
  • Frequently disinfect high touch areas around you like the door handle, switch, faucet etc. make use of a sanitiser to disinfect them properly.

What Do You Do When You Feel Sick?

  • Ensure that you are well conversant with the COVID-19 virus. Beware of symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, loss of sense of taste and smell, dry cough, body pains, skin rash etc.
  • Other less common symptoms of the COVI-19 are red eyes, diarrhoea, nasal congestion etc.
  • Once you notice these symptoms, the first thing to do is stay at home or in a secluded place and self-isolate. The point of this is to prevent others from contracting the virus from you.
  • The next line of action is to go for a proper screening test at your hospital or health centre. It will help you ascertain if you have the virus.
  • Within this period also, do well to stay protected to avoid infecting other persons, especially those who remain close to you.
  • If you have difficulties breathing coupled with the above symptoms, get medical help immediately and follow our health authorities’ instructions.
  • Always stay updated on the latest information and news about the virus from the reliable sources, such as the World Health Organisation, the government, health authorities in your community etc. These authorities are in the best position to advise you on protecting yourself best and the people around you.