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April 2020
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СOVID-19. Weather the Storm

Natali

Journalist, PR-manager, content creator

СOVID-19. Weather the Storm 2 votes

We really want to understand how much our society is protected in the fight against coronavirus. Therefore, we have conducted research among our audience, and today we will share the results of our survey with you.

At the end of December 2019, China faced a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, that has spread quickly and still continues to frighten the world.

The scientists from around the world had a meeting at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on the 11-12th of February 2020. They assessed the current level of knowledge about the new virus to agree with research questions that need to be urgently answered, and work together to accelerate and fund priority research that can help reduce the current outbreak and get prepared for future outbreaks.

While the global research is still being conducted, and we are waiting for many questions to be answered, especially the most important one — what will help us fight the virus, we have carried out the research among our audience.

According to our survey,

  • 97% of respondents are less likely to visit crowded public areas during quarantine;
  • 96.5% of respondents started to monitor personal hygiene more carefully and began to wash their hands more often;

But also

  • 78.76% of respondents believe that wearing masks doesn’t provide protection 
  • 76.99% of respondents say it makes no sense to buy antivirals.

We have also surveyed our audience on how to better protect ourselves from the virus.

The better way of protection due to the answers is:

  1. Сomplex methods: wash your hands more often, avoid crowds, and stay home if possible — 53%.
  2. Staying home and washing hands all the time is recommended by 20% of respondents.
  3. Eat healthy food, take vitamins and sleep well are the recommendations of 19% of our audience.
  4. Wash hands after going outside recommended 8 % of respondents.

It seems to be usual guidelines for maintaining health and wellness, doesn’t it? However, not all the advice from our respondents is correct and essential.

In addition, we asked whether there is non-standard advice on how to protect from the virus.

COVID-19 Research

So, below are some “weird” tips:

  • eat garlic;
  • wrap yourself over with toilet paper instead of a mask (if you have no any);
  • take paracetamol.

Thus, our research demonstrates, in part, that basic medical knowledge is vital. People in different countries are often misguided, choosing the wrong way to protect themselves against the virus, or they do not think about it at all. This is confirmed by Professor Nidhal Guessoum in his article “Coronavirus outbreak exposes a need for scientific literacy”.

“This is where the importance of ‘scientific literacy’ manifests itself. Scientific literacy is the minimum scientific knowledge that all citizens need to have in order to deal with today’s world, where it is important and sometimes crucial to know the difference between a virus and a bacterium, remember what type of radiation is dangerous, be aware how genetic modifications influence organisms, understand characteristics of vitamins, vaccines, and many other similar topics,” Nidhal Guessoum explains.

In order to not harm yourself with bad advice, we suggest to listen to your therapist and World Health Organization recommendations.

Here are the basic precautions from WHO:

  1. Regularly use alcohol-containing products for hands disinfection or wash them with soap. 
  2. Keep a minimum distance of 1 meter from people, especially if they have coughs, runny nose, and fever.
  3. Do not touch the eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  4. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or folded elbow.
  5. If you have fever, cough or difficult breathing, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Day after day, the world is tightening quarantine measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus. We decided to find out how isolation within four walls and keeping of “social distance” affects the mental health of our audience. Wait for the results of our research in the upcoming articles!

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