As COVID-19 spreads through nearby countries such as Italy it is a must that we start taking reasonable precautions. Overreaction and panic will not help the situation such as how some locals took this to the next level by emptying shelves and never ending queues at supermarkets such as Lidl.
As this disease has affected more than 80,000 people worldwide, we need to take a few safety measures. According to the advice to the public by the World Health Organisation, you should:
- Wash your hands regularly with either an alcohol-based hand rub or even with soap and water
- Keep at least 1 metre distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- If you feel sick, visit your doctor as soon as possible
- When coughing or sneezing respect those around you and use a tissue
- Avoid touching areas such as eyes, nose and mouth
However, there is no need to panic and start stocking your bomb shelter with canned food. So far no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Malta. And if we all follow the regulations set by WHO and the Ministry of Health we should all be ok.
Safety precautions also include self-quarantine if you have visited any affected countries and if you are feeling unwell make sure to call your family doctor ahead before going to any clinics and risking infected others around you.
Let us all be cautious and respect all those around us especially when being in public places such as in classrooms, offices and public transport. Also be careful on what you read online and only follow advice by national or local authorities.