Coronavirus disease has put its steps all over the world. It is still trying to spread wherever it can find a place. With this pandemic situation in our world, we need to take some serious steps to fight Covid19 effectively.
BUT WHAT IS IT ?
Coronavirus officially known as COVID19 is dangerous and has marked as pandemic. It is an infectious disease caused by newly discovered coronavirus which is said to be sourced from a wet market in Wuhan that sell mostly many animal’s flesh. However, there is no official report on how this virus spread. There is no vaccine or cure for COVID-19 yet, but there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. There are total 693224* confirmed cases and 33106* deaths all around the globe. It has been around 6 months of this disease, yet its effect is spreading continuously.
*statistics as per WHO report on 30 March 2020.
Coronavirus can spread primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. These symptoms may be mild or severe.
Very common symptoms are-
- Dry cough.
- Sore throat.
- Shortness of breath.
Others might feel these symptoms as well-
- Runny nose.
These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected, but neither they develop any symptoms nor they feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease with no need of special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes or are pregnant, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Every effort counts. Your little support can help in fighting this pandemic. The cure or proper treatment of Covid19 has not yet found but the medical trials are still going on. The prevention of coronavirus is taking these preventive steps effectively.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Washing hands regularly can wash off the virus carrying germs. Whenever you return to home or touch anything that come from outside, you must wash your hands to prevent any further spread of germs.
Social distancing means to reduce the social or physical interaction with others. This means that ones should be at least 1 meter from the person being infected or those near them as it can transmit from human to human.
COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH.
Mask is great for preventing germs entering inside your body through nose or mouth. We should note it that there is no need of everyone to wear the mask, people with coronavirus or anyone near them must wear the masks.
The more you share things with outside people, the more chances of you getting the coronavirus will increase. Reduce your sharing and even if you do, don’t forget to sanitize your hands after that.
As per the sources, 1 person can transmit the virus to at least 2 to 5 people and then those 5 people can transmit it to least 200 people in no days. Therefore, isolating yourself comes to the rescue.
There is a lot of risk in exposing yourself where crowd or gathering of over 10 people are there. The human transmission can take place fast that 1 infected person can make others infected.
PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE.
Using a tissue or handkerchief would be best for sneezing or coughing. Try sneezing near your elbows, you could never touch your face with an elbow. Wearing a mask, washing hands or sanitizing them is another example of good hygiene.
AVOID FAKE NEWS/MESSAGES
Report any kind of fake news or messages you receive. Don’t start “panic buying” because of fake news. Rely on official reports of WHO, Government sites or check the source of the news or message you receive.
SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE.
Reach out for medical help if you feel any kind of above symptoms. Don’t start home medication, it might worsen the condition.
- Virus can spread by mosquitoes or other animals.
No, animals play no role regarding the spreading of virus. According to the WHO, there is no evidence or information showing COVID-19 could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Cleaning Nose with Saline.
No, there is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.
- Cold weather and snow can kill the coronavirus.
Cold weather and snow or hot and humid places, there is no reason to believe that these weather can kill the coronavirus. However, from the evidences so far, the coronavirus can transmit in all areas of hot or cold weather.
- Only Old age groups are exposed to this virus.
It exposes to people of all age groups. Older people and people with pre-existing medical situations appear to be more vulnerable towards Covid19.
- Are Antibiotics effective in preventing and treating coronavirus.
Antibiotics are not effective and cannot prevent Covid19. They only work against bacteria. However, if you are hospitalized, for the Covid-19, you may receive antibiotics since bacterial co-infections are possible.
- Hand dryers can dry off the virus on hands.
Hand dryers are not effective in killing coronavirus. It can only dry off the water from your hands. To protect your hands, you must wash them with soap or use alcohol based sanitizer.
- UV rays can kill the new coronavirus.
Ultraviolet lights should not be used for sterilizing hands or anywhere on your skin as it may cause skin irritation.
- Thermal scanners can detect people with coronavirus.
Thermal scanners can detect people with fever (of high temperature) only, but it cannot detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus.
- Taking a hot bath does not prevent the coronavirus.
Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching Covid-19 in fact, it can be harmful as it can burn you.
WHAT YOU CAN EAT.
With this covid-19 outbreak, our hygiene has become our priority. Not externally, but internally as well. Eating the right food will benefit you in maintaining your hygiene n all.
According to Foodru.co blog , we need to maintain the hydration level of our body. Avoid street food or restaurant food. Keep your stock of food so you won’t run out of them. Also, don’t panic purchase, the Government will maintain the food supply and other necessary supply of items. Cooking fresh food that includes green and leafy vegetables and antioxidants will make your stomach happy. Keep your hands clean while cooking food or sanitize them when going to or coming back from grocery shopping.
At last, don’t be a hero by hiding your health conditions. Be a hero by staying at home, disclosing your health condition to doctors and taking preventive actions beforehand. If you feel the above symptoms, then seek medical advice immediately.