As the food markets open for short periods daily in the key lock down states in Nigeria, there are some key safety guidelines we need to observe when shopping for food and related items. Here are the guidelines:
1. Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds or apply an alcohol based hand rub frequently. This should be done immediately on arrival from outside the home or crowded places like markets or airports
2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, especially in crowded environments.
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.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
We touch many surfaces with our hands in markets and we can pick up viruses in the process. 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.
4. 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 and appropriately.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care
STAY HOME if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call the dedicated Virus response lines dedicated to your state in advance, Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Be safe !