Indians are less likely to get infected through their food as they don’t just thoroughly cook fish, meat, and eggs; they overcook most foods. The salad lovers would do well to thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables in running water, and then soak them in a baking soda or potassium solution. Use some safe disinfectant like neem oil when swabbing floors, and other surfaces. Give all your dishes a final rinse with a disinfectant. Pour boiling water on them before use. Drink warm to hot water to wash down any lurking infection in the throat. When it reaches the stomach, the digestive acids kill all infection. Avoid cold drinks, but keep your body well hydrated. Eat your food hot, or at least very warm.
Avoid close contact with people, not just with those showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Maintaining a distance of a meter (three feet from people) is one option. Greet people with a namaste, rather than shaking hands. Wear a mask. If you suspect exposure such as foreign travel, go into a self-imposed quarantine.
It is better to be socially isolated for a few days than to be dead forever. That’s as stark as it can get. Suspend non-essential travel. Where possible, postpone wedding plans, or keep the function minimalist. Whether it is a case of countries closing borders; people working from home instead of commuting to work; cancellation of sporting events; closure of educational institutions, malls, and other public places; or issuing orders forbidding the gathering of more than ten people at any given time — nations around the globe have recognized the dangerousness of this deadly virus, and swung into action to contain its spread, before working on mitigation strategies.
Stay calm, and ignore all rumors. Don’t hoard essentials as you might be depriving someone who needs them more than you do. If you experience any respiratory distress, have a persistent cough, fever, or are sneezing nineteen to the dozen; see a doctor immediately, and request a screening.
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