People with hepatitis viruses at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19
Do you know your role to prevent Covid19 from spreading?
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Is there any medication that can prevent covid19 infections?
There is currently no medication that can prevent COVID-19 infections
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
The average recovery time is 8-10 days however some cases can take longer depending on the severity of their illness
Are people with hepatitis viruses at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19?
People having active hepatitis C considered high risk because of their co-morbidity, however treated patients do not have this risk.
What’s your advice for them?
Our advice to them is to follow the same general rules for hand hygiene, avoid crowded palaces, social distance measure and seek immediate medical consultations if they feel any symptoms.
Avoid overcrowded places and transportation
Better open a window and make use of the air currents for better air circulation
Always wear a mask (even a homemade one) when going out
Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes
Keep a healthy nutrition balance to boost your immunity
Food rich in vitamin C and vitamin B and zinc to boost your immunity
OTHER LIFESTYLE MEASURES TO BOOST IMMUNITY:
o Stress reduction: Chronic stress can negatively alter immune system responses,
o Sleep: Sleep has a big influence on immune function, so it is essential to get plenty of sleep.
o Exercise: Moderate, regular physical activity helps to boost immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones.
Take steps to protect others
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3-Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
- Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Diluting the household bleach or use Alcohol solutions. (Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.)