Coronavirus threatening in India, here’s how you can keep yourself. As of now, there is no vaccine for the novel coronavirus – COVID-19. It is a respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus which seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After about a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.
The prevention appears to be the best cure available so far.
What are the symptoms?
Fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and trouble breathing are some of the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
“It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties,” the World Health Organization says.
“More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”
Why is this coronavirus different?
There are many kinds of coronaviruses, including some that cause the common cold.
But this deadly strain is called a “novel” coronavirus because it has not previously been identified in humans.
It’s unusual for several reasons:
— Scientists believe this type of coronavirus jumped from a different animal to humans, which is rare until now.
— It is then transmissible from human to human, which is even more rare.
— An infected person might not show symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure. That’s especially worrisome because this novel coronavirus can be transmitted while a person still isn’t showing any symptoms.
Below are Some measures you need to take to keep the virus away:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least three feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue safely.
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wearing a mask is not necessary unless you are taking care of an infected person. The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend that only infected people wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and warm water when hands are visibly dirty.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
If possible do not travel, as advisory set out by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Date updated: 13-03-2020
Total number of cases found in India are: 75