From Influenza A to the new Wuhan Coronavirus, Malaysia has been on a roll with viruses. The recent Wuhan virus has been dominating all over the world and the media which in a way has raising panics and worries in everyone.\r\n\r\nIn Malaysia itself, we have temporarily suspended granting visas for all residents from China's Hubei province, as well as stepping up the health screening at all international entry-points to the country.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs the epidemic continues to spread, no matter where you are, take these 10 simple measures to protect you and your children from contracting the Coronavirus.\r\n1. When you are outside.\r\nWear gloves and a face mask! Despite the hot weather these days, it is advisable for you to wear gloves and keep them on especially if you often commute by using public transport such as LRT, MRT, public bus and others.\r\n\r\nAt the same time, bring along a hand sanitizer and disinfectant wet-wipes anywhere you go to clean your hands or any surfaces.\r\n2. Once you remove your gloves.\r\nFor instance, you have to shake hands with someone or when you are about to eat where you should remove your gloves, do not touch your face or eyes until you wash your hands!\r\n\r\nKeep your hands away from contact with your face. Before you put your gloves back on, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, scrubbing the fingers, and sanitize with a hand sanitizer. Once your hands are clean, then only you can put your gloves on.\r\n\r\nDon't forget to change the gloves daily, wash, and dry them thoroughly. Avoid wearing damp gloves as it will easily attract bacteria.\r\n3. Face Mask.\r\nKeep in mind that DO NOT use the same mask day after day! Most masks deteriorate after one or two wearings and wearing the same mask is the worst - urm, it is disgusting! This is because of the contents of your mouth and nose eventually coat the inside of the mask with a smelly veneer that is attractive to bacteria.\r\n\r\nIf you always sneeze or cough, you HAVE TO PUT on a mask. This is to protect other people around you from the potentially contaminated fluids. If you caught someone is sneezing or coughing, politely ask them to wear a face mask or cover their mouth and wash their hands immediately.\r\n\r\nFor your children, it is better to put on kid's face mask on them as it will fit them perfectly.\r\n4. Towels.\r\nRemove all current towels from your bathrooms, kitchen and bedroom immediately, and replace them with a clean towel specifically for each family members. Do not share or use the other family member\u2019s towel.\r\n\r\nThe most important of all, wash your towels twice a week and dry it thoroughly. A damp towel is a terrific home for viruses and bacteria.\r\n5. Doorknobs.\r\nDoorknob or door handles at home or in public are the most commonly touched surfaces. Bacteria can easily be transferred from one person to another from the doorknob.\r\n\r\nIf it\u2019s possible, try to open and close the doors using your elbows or shoulders. Or else, wear a glove to turn a doorknob and wash your hands after touching it.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t forget to sanitize the doorknob, stairway bannisters, desktops, cell phones, laptops and other hand-held objects regularly. Be mindful not to touch your face and wash your hand immediately after touching such objects.\r\n6. Eating utensils, toys & baby chair.\r\nDo not use personal utensils when you want to pick up food from a serving bowl or plate. Instead, place serving spoons in each dish, scoop the food that you want onto your personal plates or bowls and return the serving spoon to the main dish. One more thing, tell your children to never drink out of anybody else\u2019s cups.\r\n\r\nOnce you are done with the kitchen utensils, clean your children's toys and baby chair thoroughly with a natural, safe and non-toxic toys or surface cleaner to remove the dirt and bacteria. Bring along a travel-friendly multi-purpose cleaner\/disinfectant to clean baby chair, table and utensils when you are eating outside with your family.\r\n7. Foods and kitchenwares.\r\nWash all food, ingredients, and kitchenware thoroughly between meals and avoid restaurants that have poor hygiene practices.\r\n8. Stay hydrated, drink warm water and more Vitamin C.\r\nStay hydrated and do not let your throat dry. Make sure to prepare and consume more healthy food that contains vitamin C for the entire family, to boost the immune system.\r\n9. Well-ventilated.\r\nOpen the windows at home, work or in your car if the weather allows. Letting your space air out from time to time. The virus cannot linger in a well-ventilated space.\r\n10. Caring for a sick person.\r\nAs a parent, we always prioritize our children among others. If any of your children or family member is running a fever, having bad cough or flu, make sure to take care of yourself as well. Wears a tight-fitting mask when you are near them and don\u2019t forget to place one mask on your ailing children as well.\r\n\r\nPlease be extra careful when you are replacing the used mask from him or her. For the sake of your protection, it is advisable for you to handle it while wearing latex gloves, place the used mask inside a disposable container, seal it and throw it away immediately.\r\n\r\nWear long-sleeved shirts and clothing that covers your body when you are caring for your ailing children or family member.\r\n\r\nLast but not least, clean everything that he\/she wears or touches thoroughly in hot soapy water. This includes bedsheet, towels, utensils and others.\r\n\r\nIf you have extra space, carefully isolate your sick children in a room where he\/she is comfortable, as long as he is separated from the rest of the household. This is to avoid others from getting infected. Make sure the room or your house is well-ventilated as well.\r\nCoronavirus Symptoms\r\n\r\nOther Important Things About Coronavirus\r\nWorld Health Organization (WHO) shared a few important facts about Coronavirus that people should take note:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCoronavirus could have been controlled fairly easily a few weeks ago, but since the virus is spreading globally now, all we can do is to implement these simple precautions in hope to reduce the spread of the outbreak.\r\n\r\nStay safe, take common precautions, stay healthy and stay indoor most of the time. As frightening and worrying this could get, just trust in yourself that you will get through it.\r\n\r\nProtect yourself and your family with hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, surface cleaner and many more only at Motherhood.com.my today!