Coronavirus disease also called COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus called Corona. According to WHO, most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Coronavirus and driving involves how to stay safe while using the roads. But good to know that older people, and those that have underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
How To Prevent The Spread
Coronavirus spreads mainly through coughing and sneezing by discharge from the nose, spitting saliva from an infected person. Preventing the virus while using the roads is part of Drivers safety consciousness. You can prevent it by practicing these advice listed below
- Stay at home if you are sick. Except for a medical care
- Endeavour to clean and disinfect frequently touched surface of your vehicle often. If possible offer your passengers hand sanitizers on entering the vehicle.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Or suspected to be sick.
- Avoid sitting too closely to each other in a vehicle. Because you might not know who is infected already.
- Drivers should not take the advantage of less busy roads to speed because of the lock down. Some contries are already recording increase in road traffic crashes amidst coronavirus restrictions.
- Walking and cycling is to be encouraged. It is a sure way of keeping safe distancing.
- Avoid touching your face. If you must touch your face make sure your hands are clean.
- Drivers should ensure that they give way immediately to emergency vehicles (like ambulances) that belongs to military, paramilitary and medical/health agencies. And never block or park their vehicles in the way that it will disrupt the movement of such vehicles or other road users.
- Cough into a flexed elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. And throw used tissue in a trash.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Greet with a wave, a nod or a bow instead
- Wear your hand gloves. But dont touch your face with it. If infected. Immediately you touch your nose, eyes or mouth, it can infect you.
- Wear a face mask if you are sick when you are with people in a vehicle.
- Strengthen your immune system with natural vitamins c.
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