The deadly coronavirus which originated in Wuhan is now spreading rapidly throughout the world. The outbreak of COVID has prompted the WHO (World Health Organization) to declare it as a global emergency. As of today, the total number of infected persons stands at 1.1 Lakh with at least 4000 deaths reported worldwide. The virus is reported to be present in 100 countries at least and there are 20 countries at least where a hundred people were infected with it.
As the rate of infections in Wuhan, where the virus originated continues to decline, the rate at which the infection is spreading in Europe and the US is alarming. India’s COVID 19 number officially stands at 31.
The government is working intensely to come up with measures to counter the epidemic. Stringent measures have been enforced in all the airports, with people returning from overseas being subjected to intense screening. Quarantine measures and cordoning off the people affected have ensured that the situation is under control. Countries infected by the virus are into severe containment measures and ensure they don’t spread rapidly. However, we cannot afford to relax as the deadly virus can spread through multiple means.
Many people have canceled their trips abroad over the fear of contracting the virus. Universities have canceled their international study programs and companies have largely restricted international travel.
How does Coronavirus spread?
The disease is very contagious. It spreads through coughing and through physical contact with the infected one. When the infected person coughs or sneezes, there are droplets of saliva splattered all over the place nearby, if anyone happens to touch or breathes in. The incubation period for the coronavirus is 5 days. It means the person who’s infected with the virus will start showing symptoms after 5 days.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Fever, Continous cough and breathing trouble are the common symptoms of COVID 19. There have been instances of gastrointestinal symptoms like Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. At times, the person infested with the virus may show no symptoms at all. In some cases, the virus may cause pneumonia and result in death.
Steps to Stay safe during this Corona outbreak
At this juncture, it’s very important to follow a few measures. Take good care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- Wash your hands frequently
It’s important to cleanse your hands frequently. Use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol at least.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least three feet distance between the person infested
- De-infect your living area and get rid of all the contaminants.
- Use disposable tissue papers while sneezing or coughing and throw them to the bins properly.
- Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth.
- If your fever persists for 3 or more days accompanied by dry cough, make sure you report it to the nearest hospital and get checked for possible COVID 19 virus infection.
- If you have a respiratory symptom like coughing or sneezing, wear a face mask so that it would prevent droplets of saliva containing virus falling on to the floor.
- Avoid places that have large gatherings like Markets, theatres, stadiums. It could potentially expose you to danger.
- Stay indoors if there’s an outbreak in your area. Many companies are giving their employees a work-from-home option.
- Do not believe in WhatsApp Forwards or Social media posts about the Coronavirus update. There is a lot of misinformation on these channels. Report those who spread misinformation and rumors.
Amidst all the panic surrounding the Coronavirus, it’s important not to stress yourselves. Do not venture out if your area is affected. Keep stock of sufficient sanitizers and disinfectants, as they are pretty much in demand.
Remain patient, relax yourself with activities like Yoga, Meditation, playing online card games which not only divert your attention but also prevents boredom.
What are the medicines for Coronavirus?
At present, there are no vaccines for Coronavirus. The treatment involves giving medicines that reduce body temperature, providing fluids continuously. People who are critically ill would need breathing assistance. However, continuous research is on simultaneously to find out solutions for COVID 19