Global challenges, such as the Covid19 pandemic, are also global in terms of individual responsibilities. WHO outlines clearly what we can do to help others by helping ourselves.

Every one of us should follow a few basic rules to protect ourselves and others, since we never know who is infected. These rules are:

You can stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as keeping a distance, wearing a mask when distancing is not possible, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds and close contact, cleaning your hands regularly, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. And please, do it all!

One of the most important things to remember when exposed to someone with COVID-19 is to take the following steps:

  • You can find out where and when to get a test by calling your health care provider or the COVID-19 hotline.
  • Participate in contact-tracing procedures to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Stay home and away from others for 14 days if testing isn’t available.
  • Do not go to work, to school, or to public places while you are in quarantine. Ask someone to bring you supplies.
  • Keep at least a 1-metre distance from others, even your family.
  • Wear a medical mask to protect others, including if you need medical attention.
  • Keep your hands clean frequently.
  • If possible, wear a mask and stay in a separate room from other family members.
  • Make sure the room is well ventilated.
  • If you share a room, place your beds at least 1 metre apart.
  • During the next 14 days, keep an eye out for any symptoms.
  • Call your health care provider immediately if you have any of these danger signs: difficulty breathing, loss of speech or mobility, confusion or chest pain.
  • Keep in touch with loved ones by phone or online, and exercise at home.

The key to taking early action to seek treatment is monitoring for symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • tiredness
  • loss of taste or smell

Fever is number one on the WHO list and detecting it in its early phases requires a thermometer that does not miss it because of a lack of sensitivity (resulting in false negative readings) and that is easy enough to use for anyone, lay or professional, to use. Among the few thermometers that are accurate, very few are easy to use. Please consider using a temporal artery thermometer. They are accurate, easy to use and very comfortable – even for (very) young children

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