SARS-CoV-2 leading to the coronavirus-associated disease, COVID-19, is highly contagious. The aerosolized transmission explains the speed with which it has spread around the world. However, there are measures that can be taken to protect against it and provide some control of the spread.
How to protect yourself from COVID-19?
Without control and protection measures, the spread risk of coronavirus from one person to another is significant. It is possible to reduce this risk through simple actions:
• Wear a mask. When a medical grade mask is not available, any mask is better than no mask.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. If this is not available, use a registered hand sanitizer.
• If mask-less, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow while coughing or sneezing. Dispose of tissues after use.
• Do not put your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes. If the virus is on your hands, it can be transferred and enter your body through these means.
• Stand more than 6 feet from other people. If a person coughs or sneezes, you can inhale the droplets containing the virus.
• Stay at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
• Identify locations where the virus is actively circulating and avoid going there.
• If someone is infected, avoid being around them during their quarantine period. If you have been in contact with them, isolate for 14 days.
Hand sanitizer is must have item. FDA considers hand sanitizer an OTC drug product. If you are selling or are going to market a hand sanitizer in the U.S. contact an FDA consultant such as those listing best Hand sanitizer consulting services online.
What to do in case of contamination with coronavirus?
If you think you are infected and have COVID-19 symptoms such as, but not limited to, fever, cough, difficulty breathing or loss of taste, call your doctor or a medical clinic to guide you on what to do. Isolation is also recommended for people who are in contact recently with a confirmed COVID-19 patient but who have no symptoms. If this is your case:
• Monitor your temperature twice a day.
• Watch for symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, difficulty breathing).
• Avoid contact with vulnerable people.
• Avoid any non-essential outing.
As noted, if you are making hand sanitizer to help in the COVID-19 crisis or for providing future antimicrobial choices, please contact an FDA consultant. Hand sanitizer consulting services are available online, now.