What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that causes disease in animals. Out of this family, seven have affected human beings. Most of them just cause cold-like symptoms but two categories, namely Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are more severe.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, thus it is important to practice basic respiratory etiquette
The symptoms of this disease include mild to moderate respiratory illness. In an average person, it can be treated normally but with those underlying medical history, it becomes much more critical. As of now, there are approximately 400,000 positive cases around the world.
By taking the requisite precautions, we can put a stop to this pandemic
Wash Your Hands Regularly
It might sound strange but sometimes, simple things just as washing hands can make a big difference.
As this disease is HIGHLY contagious and the mode of transmission can be unnoticed, thus it is advised to practice frequent hand washing. If you are not up for a hand wash, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Sneeze into your elbow
You might have missed it but WHO suggests everyone cough or sneeze into elbows. Or if not that, simply cover your nose and mouth with a napkin, tissue or handkerchief while sneezing and coughing.
Disposing used tissue papers
Handkerchiefs can be washed and tissues—well, they need to be discarded after use and make it a point to always throw them in a dustbin with a lid only.
Stay Home, stay safe
The best way to break the chain is by NOT going out and maintaining social distance. Unless and until you have an extremely urgent piece of work, don’t leave your house. Stock up your utilities to an extent that you do not need to step out frequently and stay home.
If sick, consult a doctor
Those who experience even the slightest of the symptoms such as headache, fever, sore throat, dry cough, difficulty in breathing and cold, should consult professional help ASAP. It is to be noted that having a cold doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the virus; it can be a common cold, too. So, go see a doctor.
However, if you sense these symptoms, call the State helpline number or Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s 24X7 helpline at 011-23978046.
Practice Social Distancing
While at shops, hospitals or other areas with more crowds, practice social distancing. Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another.
The Don’ts: What should not be done?
Don’t touch your face
Generally, we all have a habit of touching our face, nose or eyes quiet frequently. Doing so could be an easy entry for the virus thus Hold that thought right there! Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth at any cost.
The best way to cure things is by taking preventative measures. After all, prevention is better than cure. Don’t spit in public.
Don’t Leave the house
Don’t leave your house. As India has announced a complete lockdown, stay at your home with your family and avoid traveling. Don’t roam in streets or roads unless having a medical emergency or any extremely unavoidable piece of work. This is the least we can do, a few days lockdown can add years to everyone's lives
Most important thing is, don’t panic, keep the faith and take preventive measures. The situation is tough right now but things will get better. There is sunshine after every storm! Many cases have been cured by the team of our dedicated doctors, nurses, and medical teams working 24X7. So, there is hope.
How can social distancing help?
Some call it social distancing, some call it physical distancing. While we are all quarantined in our houses, we cannot and, should not go outside but in an emergency, if you have to, make sure that you maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another. It is important that we all practice self-quarantine and social distancing by:
- Staying at Home
- Avoiding social gatherings
- Canceling events
- Working from home
- Not visiting relatives and friends
With these steps, the transmission of this disease can be controlled and brought down. This will help in flattening the curve.
There is hope…
Every cloud has a silver lining. In tough situations like these, we get to know the real power of unity. The world has come together as one; there are no boundaries now.
Eminent organizations like WHO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, various NGOs, states government and other local bodies are on their toes to tackle this crisis. We need to stay positive and hopeful as that is what makes life worth living.
Together, we can and we will #FighCoronavirus provided we act responsibly and take effective measures. A lot of cases have been cured till now and extensive research is going on across the world to find remedies to this pandemic. It will take time, but we will get back on track.
Stay Home, Stay Safe.