Answer Bank: What steps can my family take to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 during home isolation?
By She Jingwei

As the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) accelerates globally, many countries across the globe have suggested people need to be isolated at home as much as possible in a bid to help slow the virus outbreak, especially for those who have visited high-risk epicenter areas.  

Terrifying though the coronavirus may be, it can be turned back if we take preventive measures at home.

It's widely known that the COVID-19 could spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Thus, when you cough and sneeze and sneeze, it's suggested that you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. 

Meanwhile, one of the easiest and most important ways to prevent the spread of the pandemic is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 

As the previous studies suggest, SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to survive on some surfaces for up to 16 hours, which makes it important to regularly disinfect and clean your home. Besides, this is also part of a greater approach to prevent other infectious diseases. 

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 patients who have mild symptoms and no other chronic diseases can stay home while other patients with severe symptoms need to seek medical care and go to hospitals. 

(Cover photo designed by Sa Ren)