Coronavirus in Ireland: 5 guaranteed ways to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus

There are, in fact, certain things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus in Ireland. Here are our top five tips!

As the Irish government prepares for the worst-case scenario, and precautionary measures tighten, you may wonder what role you play in this narrative, especially as coronavirus continues to grow in Ireland.

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. These viruses can be found the world over and can affect both humans and animals. The current virus, which is dominating our news headlines and putting significant pressure on our government health plans, is COVID-19.

This respiratory virus can easily be spread from person to person; it was first identified in Wuhan, China. The virus has now spread across the globe, mostly through international travel

As of the 12th of March 2020, there are 43 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and 18 in Northern Ireland. 

Tragically, the first reported death from coronavirus in Ireland, was reported on the night of the 11th of March 2020. The elderly woman – who had underlying respiratory problems – passed away in hospital.

While the virus continues to wreak havoc across the Emerald Isle, there are certain things you can be doing to decrease your chances of transmission. Here are the five guaranteed ways to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus.

5. Self-isolate

Self isolating is one of the best ways to combat the spread of the virus.

This, currently, might be an excessive measure to take if you are showing no symptoms of the coronavirus. However, if you happen to have a weak immune system or are susceptible to respiratory problems, it may just be the best way to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus.

COVID-19 is spread person-to-person, or from objects (e.g. countertops, handrails). Therefore, it is safe to say that if you are self-isolating in the comforts of your own home, the chances of transmission are slim to nil.

If you begin to develop signs of coronavirus (shortness of breath, cough, and high temperature), DO NOT go to the hospital or your GP. Phone your local doctor or call the emergency department who will be able to advise on treatment. 

4. Maintain social distance

Maintaining social distance is one of the best ways to prevent coronavirus spread in Ireland.

Government health officials are suggesting that one of the guaranteed ways to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus is to maintain social distance.

The suggested distance between people, especially those who are coughing and sneezing, is one to three metres.

As coronavirus can be transmitted via close contact, it can also be spread via respiratory droplets which are shared from one host to another when nearby.   

3. Cough and sneeze with care

The coronavirus is in Ireland and coughing and sneezing with care will help limit its spread.

One of the simplest ways to reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus is to cough and sneeze carefully. 

This sounds obvious, but always cover your mouth with a tissue. Afterwards, dispose of that tissue and wash your hands properly. See #1 for further details. Do not reuse tissues as these carry germs and increase the risk of transmission. 

If you do not have a tissue to hand, cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow, to avoid spreading the virus. 

2. Avoid touching your face

Avoid touching your face to limit and control the coronavirus in Ireland.

Based on a study which took place in 2015, it is said that people touch their face up to 23 times per hour. This is an alarming statistic in the context of coronavirus.

As the coronavirus continues to evolve, new studies are underway, as researchers try to understand what makes this deadly virus tick. 

New studies have found that it can live on surfaces for up to three hours. This means that by touching our face, we could unknowingly be doing the devil’s work, by transmitting COVID-19 straight to ourselves. 

Try to take note of every time you touch your face. Interestingly, the majority of instances go unnoticed. If you begin to take tabs, you’ll be able to limit this subconscious habit and reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus.

1. Wash your hands

To prevent the spread of coronavirus in Ireland, be sure to wash your hand effectively.

One of the most effective ways to eliminate the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly. 

Throughout the day, we are, unknowingly, in constant contact with dirty surfaces (countertops, handrails, shaking other peoples hands, and so on). Without even realising it we are spreading germs back and forth.

Take measures to wash your hands as much as possible, and specifically after:

  • Using the toilet or bathroom
  • Arriving at or from any destination
  • After handling food or before eating 
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • After touching an animal, feeding them, or cleaning their bed/cage
  • Before and after touching or treating a wound.

To clean your hands effectively, use hot, soapy water. Lather your hands entirely and wash for 20 seconds. This should be the time in which it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Remember to focus around the nails and cuticles, as well as in-between the fingers. Alternatively, you can use alcoholic hand sanitiser when you’re on the go!

While life continues to be affected by the coronavirus in Ireland, you can protect yourself by following these tips suggested above.

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