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As Egyptians, we tend to take things quite lightly and feel that we’re invincible. Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide, we’ve been acting like it has nothing to do with us, like we’re bigger, better and healthier than that and nothing can affect us.
I was one of those people who actually travelled while airports were completely empty and had the same ridiculous mindset of that invincibility. We’re young, we’re healthy, what could possibly happen, right?
That’s why our generation is being incredibly selfish, myself included. We’re thinking about how we don’t need to take precaution, because it’s ‘just a flu’ or ‘it doesn’t affect our age group’ or even that our Egyptian immune system will definitely beat the this so-called virus. But here’s why we need to man up, stop being so selfish and start staying home:
We could spread the virus to our parents
While people in their 20s or 30s might not be at risk of getting coronavirus or will be able to fight the coronavirus symptoms, we forget the most important thing of all: We could carry the virus and spread it to our elderly loved ones.
The statistics so far have shown that most people affected by coronavirus are 60+ and unfortunately, those are the ones who find it difficult to get any form of coronavirus treatment. That being said, it’s time to wake up, stop being selfish and think of our parents and elderly who we could easily infect.
Coronavirus spreads like wild fire
While the characteristic of the virus itself is not that aggressive, the main concern is its ability to spread from one person to another. Because coronavirus can be transmitted even before a person shows any type of symptoms, the only way to take caution and prevent the risk of catching the virus is to stay home.
Even if you think the people around you are healthy, one infected person could touch a door, window, table, cup, or any product and the virus could spread to many different people without them even knowing it. That’s why social distancing has become essential and staying at home is the best precautionary measure a person can take.
People most at risk of catching coronavirus
If you’re not worried about yourself, you need to at least be aware of the people who are most at risk of getting coronavirus and think of their health instead. Anyone suffering from the below health issues is at high risk:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Chronic lung disease
- Some types of cancers
- People with low immunity
- Old age
What you can do to help?
It might sound difficult to avoid eating in restaurants, gathering in coffee shops or going to the mall, but it is essential to only go out if it’s absolutely necessary to try and flatten the curve and stop the spreading of the disease. A few weeks ago, Italians were just like us and look where they are now. They’ve had to watch their elderly die and the entire country collapse because of their selfish behaviour and their indifference to the virus just like Egyptians are doing now.
Practice social distancing
If you have to head out take all the precautionary measures you need. Wear gloves and a mask, stay at least 1 metre away from others, disinfect anything you touch and try to avoid public closed places. And please avoid kissing and hugging people.
Use a hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly
Hand sanitizers have the ability to prevent the spreading of coronavirus, but it is always best to use a hand sanitizer gel with 60% alcohol to kill the virus. Before and after you touch anything, be sure to disinfect, sanitize and wash your hands regularly.
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