Read on to know about some unknown Coronavirus facts about and precautions that we must take other than the masks and handsfree handwashing stations.

Infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 can lead to coronavirus disease 19 or COVID-19.  Studies reveal that as compared to previous Coronoviruses, SARS-CoV-2 spreads more easily and it causes life-threatening infections and illness in some people. This virus can survive for very long in the air and can infect someone who breathes it in while inhaling that air. The worst part is that SARS-CoV-2 grows very rapidly and in most of the cases symptoms remain invisible. On top of that, the infected person can pass on the virus to other individuals even if you never get symptoms at all. Its symptoms depend on person to person, some of them can have mild to moderate symptoms, while others may show severe COVID-19 symptoms. There is no vaccine or treatment for Coronavirus. All we can do is take precautionary steps like maintaining social distance, wearing masks and gloves and washing and sanitizing our hands very frequently. Government is also promoting the installation of touch free soap dispensers and handsfree handwashing stations like PNB Kitchenmate’s Handsfree Handwash System. Here are the medical facts to help us understand how to best protect ourselves and others. 

Let’s have a look at some of the prevention tips for Coronavirus. 

Prevention Tips: 

Follow the guidelines to help protect yourself from catching, carrying and passing on SARS-CoV-2.

 1.   Complete and Frequent Handsfree Handwash:

We all know that washing and sanitizing our hands is important. But it has become more important now in this unfortunate situation. We need to wash our hands carefully now in order to ensure our protection from coronavirus. It is better to wash our hands with warm water and soap. We should rub our hands properly for at least 20 seconds. Rubbing the lather to your wrists, across your fingers, and under your fingernails. In absence of soap you can use alcohol based hand sanitizer. Don’t forget to wash and sanitize your hands after touching objects or surfaces like phones, laptops or workstations. Installing handsfree handwashing stations like PNB Kitchenmate’s Handsfree Handwash System in your homes, societies and workplaces will surely be of great help. This will provide you complete and touch free hand sanitization. 

2.   Don’t touch your face:

SARS-CoV-2 survives for about 72hrs  in the air and on hard surfaces. No matter how many precautions we take but we cannot avoid touching the surfaces or objects like our phone, laptop, door handles etc. But by touching these surfaces we can get the virus on our hands. To keep ourselves safe we should not only wash and sanitize our hands, but we should also avoid touching our face, head, mouth, nose, and eyes. Biting your fingernails is completely forbidden. This is because touching your face or biting your nails gives SARS-CoV-2 a chance to creep into your body. 

3.   Maintain Social Distancing:

The right way to show your love, care, warmth and gratitude towards your loved ones is to maintain a few feet of distance from them. No handshakes and no hugging! Avoid skin to skin contact as it can pass SARS-CoV-2 from one individual to another. Try not to share your personal things like your phone, eatables or your eating utensils with others. 

4.   Always Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing:

SARS-CoV-2 is found mostly in very high amounts in our nose and mouth. That is the reason why, whenever we cough or sneeze, it can be carried and spread by air droplets to other people. Since these droplets are very heavy, they don’t stay in the air for long and they land on hard surfaces. These droplets can stay on the objects or surfaces for up to 3 days. We should always cover our face while sneezing or coughing, but not with our palms or the back of our hands. We should use a tissue or we should sneeze or cough into the elbow. Never forget to wash or sanitize your hands carefully for at least 20 seconds after you sneeze or cough. 

5.   Maintain Hygiene, and keep your surfaces and objects sanitized:

Keeping your hands is not enough, you must sanitize all the objects and surfaces in your house and workplace clean and sanitized. It is advised to use good alcohol-based disinfectants and sanitizers for cleaning the countertops, laptops, phones, door handles, furniture, and toys. Try doing this several times in a day. It is also necessary to disinfect areas after bringing home the groceries or packages into your home. 

6.   Maintain social distancing:

Those who carry the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they will have the virus in high amounts in their spit. It is not at all necessary that they will show any symptoms. Hence, it is very necessary to maintain social distancing. We should keep at least a 6 feet distance with others. Avoid going out until and unless it cannot be avoided. It is best to stay home and work remotely during this pandemic. 

7.   Avoid gatherings:

As we know that Coronvirus is a communicable infection and it spreads very easily and rapidly. It is necessary to avoid any type of social gatherings as it increases the chances of coming into contact with an infected individual. These social gatherings include all religious places like temples and shrines, functions or meetings and celebrations. We should also install PNB Kitchenmate’s Handsfree Handwash System in public places. 

8.   Avoid eating out:

No matter how much you love it, you must not go to the restaurants, hotels or dhabas to eat your favorite food. These difficult times demand complete discipline from our side. These eateries and coffee houses etc. can become the very easy medium for spreading the virus as the virus. But you can get delivery or takeaway food. Choose foods that are thoroughly cooked and can be reheated. Avoid cold foods and stay away from food from buffets. 

9.   Wash fresh groceries with white vinegar:

Simply washing the raw vegetables with fresh water is not enough now. You will need to take some more precautionary steps to ensure safety from Coronavirus. Soak the raw vegetables and fruits in vinegar or a solution of food-grade hydrogen peroxide and dry them properly before hoarding them in your fridge and cupboards. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling these vegetables and fruits. 

10.     Wear a mask especially when stepping outside:

Maintaining social distancing is not enough, everyone must wear a face mask too especially when stepping out in public settings. 

We should also keep in mind that: 

  • Though, cloth masks are not as effective as surgical masks or N95 respirators but they will work well for us. The healthcare workers need the other masks. 
  • Washing and sanitizing your hands before wearing the mask is necessary. 
  • Keep your mask clean and wash it after each use. 
  • You can transfer the virus from your hands to the mask. Avoid touching the front of your mask. 
  • Child under 2 years of age or a person who is facing trouble while breathing should not wear a mask. 
  1. If Infected, Self-quarantine yourself: Ignorance can be fatal, not only for you but for those around you too. Hence it is necessary to take medical help if you have any symptoms like cough, cold and fever. Stay home and self quarantine yourself until you recover. Don’t sit, eat or sleep with your family members so that they can stay safe from this infection. Sanitize and wash your hands as frequently as possible. Installing PNB Kichenmate’s Handsfree Handwash System will guarantee that your wash basin, tap or soap bottle doesn't become the virus carrier as it comes with a touch free soap dispenser and basin. Keep your mask on as much as possible. 
  1. Install Handsfree Handwashing Station: Frequent handwashing is very necessary in this battle against Coronavirus. We must sanitize our hands as many times as possible so that we don’t carry the virus through them. But we need to change our way of washing or sanitizing our hands now. Before Coronavirus, washing hands under with soap and water was more than enough. But today, we need to switch and introduce ourselves to handsfree handwashing systems or touch free soap dispensers and basins. 

PNB Kitchenmate’s Handsfree Handwash System is the best handsfree handwashing station right now. It comes with special features like ‘Press foot for soap’ and ‘Press foot for water.’ This means that you don’t need to touch the soap bottle or water tap to wash or sanitize your hands. Made up of 304 Surgical Stainless Steel, PNB Kitchenmate’s Handsfree Handwash ensures that you neither get nor drop any virus or germs on tap, basin or soap bottle. The product has been lapped up by most of the organizations and many housing societies. The Indian Government has also appreciated Handsfree Handwash System and has made its installation mandatory in all the organizations.  

Why Should You Take  These  Precautions: 

  • SARS-CoV-2 is very different:
  • You can carry or be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 without any symptoms at all.
  • You can spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus even before you show any symptoms. SARS-CoV-2 has a longer incubation time of 2-14 days.
  • SARS-CoV-2 makes you very unwell and that too very early.
  • SARS-CoV-2 can survive in the air for 3 hours, on plastic for 72 hours, for 48 hours on stainless steel, for 24 hours on cardboard and for 4 hours on copper. 

Bottom line:

These difficult times require our deeper understanding of this crisis. It is very necessary to take the  prevention strategies like social distancing, frequent handwashing and installing handsfree handwashing stations like PNB Handsfree Handwash system and maintaining good hygiene, seriously is very important in order to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.