Stop The Panic Over Coronavirus? Here is Exactly What You Should know.

As the Coronavirus fear spreads around the world, So is the fear and anxiety telling people not to panic. Basically the coronavirus are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. This looks like a very mild disease like common cold in the majority of people. For certain people like health workers who get infected with large dose of virus becomes fatal.

 

The authorised source to know about COVID- 19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) 

  1.     https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  2.     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ 


 

Background of Coronavirus Disease 2019:

COVID- 19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the US. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019”. Early on, many of the patients at the epicentre of the outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China.

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Symptoms of COVID- 19 (Coronavirus disease 2019):

The most common symptoms of COVID- 19 are Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Some patients may have acges and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat. But many cases people become infected but don't develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

 

How it Spreads:

Person-to-person spread- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs. Some people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

 

How Likely am I to catch COVID- 19?

It depends on where you are. This includes Older adults, people who have Heart disease, Diabetes and Lung Disease. In general the elderly are at greater risk especially those who are over 70 because their immune systems are not as effective as they might have once been.

 

Practical steps to get ready, without hitting the panic button:

You can reduce your chnaces of being infected or spreading COVID- 19 by taking some simple precautions:

 

Wash your hands frequently: Frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Because, washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based rub kills viruses.

 

Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Because, When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. Close contact with person who are coughing has spread the disease.

 

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Do not touch your nose and mouth, Because, your hands touch many surfaces and take the viruses then your hand can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

 

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. Because, 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.

 

The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:

  1) Smoking
  2) Wearing multiple masks
  3) Taking antibiotics
  4) Fake News, like: Eating garlic, Drinking Warm water or consuming Alcohol.

 

COVID-19 advice for the public: 


   1. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
   2. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. 
   3. Myth Busters- there is no reason cold water kill coronavirus, instead of this frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand washing them with soap and water. 
   4. Taking hot bath does not prevent the Coronavirus diseases.
   5. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.

 

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