Here is a short update about what to do and what not to do in order to avoid getting infected by the coronavirus, as Hungary reported its first fatality, while the number of cases are growing and the government is implementing new and more rigorous restrictive measures.
According to microbiologist Dr. Gergely Krizsán, former teacher at Semmelweis University (SOTE), who currently works at the University Hospital Kerry, in order to avoid getting the disease, we should:
1. comply with the hygienic rules, with particular regard to hand hygiene (regular, about twenty-second-long hand washing, and avoiding touching the face)
2. avoid large assemblies and crowded places
3. sneeze in the elbow (and not in hands or in the air), or in a handkerchief (which must be disposed of right away)
4. reconsider travels and postpone them if possible, especially those to critical areas
5. stay informed by reliable sources, including competent authorities and the national hotline, if needed
6. strengthen your Immune System (healthy eating & lifestyle, vitamins)
7. if you experience acute respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) AND did travel to the affected, critical areas or contacted a person who had been confirmed to be infected within 14 days, do NOT go to your general practitioner, or healthcare facility. Instead, talk to a doctor on the phone. In addition, the National Public Health Center can be called at any time at 06 80 277 455 or 06 80 277 456.
8. In addition to the above, avoid panicking, keep calm, and maintain common sense.
And the four most common symptoms once again, according to WHO: (dry) cough, fever, fatigue and difficulty breathing.
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