With the Tablighi Jamat gathering and the number of cases of CoronaVirus suddenly spiking the number of Corona Virus cases in India and the global pandemic having crossed the 1 million cases mark, the panic is only steadily rising. The death toll has crossed 50k cases globally which are reported and the numerous cases alongside that go unreported, social distancing is now the norm and the need of the hour. The good news is that over 2 Lakh people have also recovered from the virus. There is hope that we can beat this virus with simple measures and precautions. All this while a vaccine for the virus is still being worked on. With a vaccine in place, there is also a possibility of the virus being completely eradicated from the world just how other viruses have been beaten, such as Polio.
The first and foremost thing to know is what exactly Corona virus is?
Corona Virus is a particular kind of viruses that can cause respiratory infections. The range of the infection starts from a common cold and goes up to the more deadly diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Thus, these viruses are not newly found viruses. However, the most recently discovered virus is the one causing the pandemic named the COVID-19.
Much like flu, COVID-19 is contagious but the spread is limited to about 1 meter (3 feet) from a person who is already infected with the virus. It can spread from one person to another through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Others around an infected person, who has coughed or exhaled can catch COVID-19 if they touch these surface or objects where the particles have landed and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. If a person is physically proximate to an infected person, such persons can also contract COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why people are being told to not touch face fearing that they might touch a contaminated surface and then bring it to their eyes, nose or mouth. It is for this reason that the practice of Social distancing, i.e., to maintain a physical distance of 1 meter (3 feet) or more has been advised and is being practised. However, since such droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and the quickly fall on floors or surfaces, The WHO has clarified that the Corona Virus is not airborne.
To be doubly cautious, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments have been promoting the usage of disinfectants, handwashing and sanitisers after having touched any surfaces that may be contaminated. We are very likely to touch our face, eyes, nose or mouth and to prevent the contamination reaching from our hands to our bodies via our eyes, nose or mouth, it is essential we do so only after washing our hands or sanitizing our hands.
Current findings have shown that older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, cancer or diabetes are more susceptible to contract COVID-19 than others. It has been believed that lower immunity is the first gateway for COVID-19 to latch itself onto a person. Increasing immunity has never been in the focus as much as is now. If you are finding it difficult to build your immunity, taking supplements such as Immune Defence, Probiotic-40 Billion or Turmeric Plus will help to build you immunity better and faster than regular home remedies.
As it is smoking has way too many downsides. Besides older people, Smokers have been warned that the Virus is likely to be more vulnerable to COVID -19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth.
Having said that, COVID-10 has seen cases ranging in illnesses from mild symptoms to sever illness and also death. The incubation period of COVID-19 is said to be between 2-14 days after exposure and the most common symptoms to watch out for are:
- Shortness of breath
Certain emergency warning signs for COVID-19 have been notified by the WHO urging people to get immediate medical attention. These are:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Prevention is the only option since there isn’t a cure yet. A few ways to curtail the spread of the disease are as follows:
To try and avoid coming into contact with the virus or any such person who is likely to be a carrier of the virus.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Where soap and water are not readily available, using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Social Distancing is being viewed as the hero in this situation, where just #isloation and #quarantine alone have helped to spread the disease to a very large extent. Staying at home is essential for those who are sick and also equally important for those who are fine by health to ensure they are not exposed to the disease.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- COVID-19 has given many people a much-needed refresher course on cleanliness