Tara Langston hasn’t seen her children and husband since last Friday when she was first admitted to hospital after developing the life-threatening complications which come with the COVID-19 virus.
Although still in a serious condition, Tara appears to be making a recovery from the life-threatening virus.
But she wanted to make a video and share it with the world so that more people take the dangers associated with the virus seriously.
In the video (below) Tara says:
“If anyone is thinking of taking any chances just take a look at me – I’m in the intensive care unit – I can’t breathe without this (referring to oxygen line going into her nose) they’ve had to sow that into my artery (referring to a cannula in her right arm) another cannula (referring to her left arm) and a catheter.
“If anyone still smokes, put the cigarettes down, because I’m telling you now, you need your f**king lungs and please, none of you take any chances; I mean it.
“Because if it gets really bad, then you’re going to end up here, ok?”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued the following advice regarding how best to avoid getting COVID-19:
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 metre (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 the 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 the 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.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area.
Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19.
Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area.
They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
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