According to the recent data collected by MOHP Nepal, “In Nepal, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid is 8,25,176, the total number of recovered cases is 8,08,083, and the total number of death count in Covid positive patients is 11,567.”
The data given by MOHP shows that the total number of current daily cases of Covid is decreasing. However, even though the number of people getting infected by Covid is slowly decreasing, the threat is still not over.
Because of the low vaccination rate worldwide, the virus mutates into many other variants like Delta and Omicron. These variants are deadlier and are spreading more rapidly among the population.
So, to get yourself protected from Covid in Nepal, there are seven things that you, your family members, friends, and other close ones should do immediately.
7 things to do to be protected from covid in Nepal
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from covid. Statistics show that getting the vaccine against covid will give you enough immunity to keep yourself safe from getting seriously ill or hospitalized.
There is also a misconception that once you recover after getting Covid, you will be automatically immunized and won’t have to get the vaccine.
This information is completely wrong as unvaccinated people who have recovered from Covid have again caught it and got seriously ill from it. So the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated.
There are many vaccines against covid available in Nepal like Covishield, Vero Cell, Johnson & Johnson. These vaccines are completely free of cost. You can contact your nearest municipality office or VDC office to get more information on vaccine distribution.
Wash your hands often
The Covid virus can easily transfer through touch. When you are going on about your day, you will have no idea how many people you shake hands with or how many things in public places you will touch.
So, without knowing, your hands can be contaminated with the Covid virus. And when you touch your face with those hands, you will catch Covid.
Therefore for at least 20 seconds, you need to regularly wash your hands with soap and water because handwashing with soap removes germs or viruses from your hands.
If soap and water aren’t available or your hands aren’t visibly dirty, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your facial areas like eyes, nose, and mouth when your hands are dirty.
Wear a mask
When you wear a mask, your hands can’t touch your nose or mouth. Also, wearing a mask will control the transmission of the virus via air at some level.
So, whenever you are in the same room as other people or public places, crowded areas, visiting a healthcare provider, wear a face mask. Also, if one of your family members is infected by Covid, tell them to wear a mask at all times.
If the infected person can’t wear a mask, people living with them should wear masks while in the same room.
Monitor your health and get tested periodically
Some of the symptoms of Covid are High Fever (100.4°F and higher), difficulty in breathing, and cough. So if you find any of these symptoms on you or your closed ones, you should get them checked and tested for Covid immediately.
Knowing you have Covid at the early phase helps you take precautionary measures quickly so that you can prevent yourself from getting seriously ill. Also, an early checkup will help to prevent the transmission of the virus to your family, friends, and close ones as well.
So it would be best to get checked even if you find the slightest symptoms of Covid.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper, a fabric, or a flexed elbow. Make sure to dispose of tissues properly after you have used them in a covered trash can.
Next, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or with an alcohol-containing hand sanitizer. Don’t come in contact with other people until you have cleaned your hands.
Also, make sure to clean and disinfect any material, substance or floor, if you have accidentally coughed or sneezed on it. It would be best if you never coughed or sneezed with an open mouth as it increases the risk of catching Covid by you or others.
Avoid crowded places
Keep yourself away from crowds and encourage other people to do the same. Avoid going to public places unnecessarily. Don’t shake hands with unknown people. Rather than shaking hands, say and do ‘namaste’.
When you can’t avoid crowded places, always remember to wear a mask and try maintaining a 6-foot distance.
Stay updated on the virus
The last thing you can do is to stay updated on the virus. People are continuously researching and publishing facts about this virus. So when you know more facts about the Covid virus, you can stay one step ahead of it.
However, take the facts only from the genuine source. To get information on COVID-19, follow the Ministry of Health and Population:
- You can directly call the hotlines at 1115 and 1133 from 6 AM to 10 PM.
- Call 9851255837, 9851255834, 9851255839, from 8 AM to 8 PM
- To get the daily updates about this virus, search for MoHP Nepal COVID-19 on Viber to join the Ministry’s community.
You can also get WHO health alerts directly on WhatsApp by texting “hi” to the number +41 79 8931892.
So the preventive measures to get protected from Covid in Nepal include:
- Physical or social distancing.
- Ventilation of indoor spaces.
- Covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes.
- Hand washing.
- Keeping dirty hands away from the facial areas like eyes, mouth, and nose.
To reduce transmission risks in public settings, try maintaining a 6-foot distance and always wear a mask.