With the COVID-19 outbreak, health care professionals are urging people to refrain from touching their face. Is it too much to ask?
There’s no question it’s easier said than done.
From picking objects up to turning knobs, we’re touching surfaces contaminated with pathogens. These pathogens can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face — eyes, nose, and mouth — that act as pathways to the throat and lungs.
Here’s what you can do:
- Wash your hands with soap and water. Wash them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses that cause colds can enter your body this way and make you sick
- Stay away from people who are sick. Sick people can spread viruses through close contact with others.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
- Sore throat
- Fatigue, and
- Shortness of breath
We can all help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia. Watch this video for more information on protecting yourself from the virus.
At Bondi Dental, we have stepped up measures to safeguard all our staff and patients, while at the same time, ensuring that high-quality dental services continue to deliver and provide optimum oral health to those in need.
For any concerns, do not hesitate to call us on (02) 9365 7187.