As per the reports of WHO(World Health Organization) on 3rd March 2020, two fresh cases of 2019-nCoV have been detected and reported; one being in Delhi and the other in Telangana, while there are six ongoing investigations in Agra. Contact tracing of all of these cases has been started.
Coronavirus can be cured! Former three cases detected in Kerela have been reported to have fully recovered and discharged.
Before one panics, it is important to analyze what Coronavirus is, and how to stay clear of getting infected by it. Coronaviruses are a huge family of viruses, amongst which some of them cause diseases in humans and others create havoc in animals such as camels, cats, and bats. The Chinese authorities were the first to identify the novel virus and post that, there were hundreds of confirmed cases outside Wuhan, in other parts of China and other international countries such as the US, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea.
Coronavirus 2019-CoV Only through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person who is coughing or sneezing can cause the virus to get transmitted. Touching surfaces contaminated with the virus can also lead to its infection. The 2019-nCoV has the ability to survive on a surface for several hours.
Symptoms of 2019-nCoV Infection The signs and symptoms of getting affected by the new coronavirus are
- Shortness of Breath
If you or anyone you know are starting to show such symptoms, please contact a healthcare facility or professional as soon as possible.
Standard Precautions to be taken for protection against 2019-CoV disease
- Respiratory Hygiene:- The first and foremost precautionary step against viral diseases is personal respiratory hygiene. Make it certain that both you and the people around you follow the measures needed, such as covering your mouth with a bent elbow or tissue while sneezing or coughing. Dispose of tissues immediately after use.
- Minimize touching eyes, nose, mouth:- Usually, it’s the hands that come in contact with many surfaces and get ahold of viruses. These contaminated hands can later transfer the viruses to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus enters the body and infects you.
- Social Distance:- Make it mandatory to maintain a minimum of 3 ft. (1 meter) distance between anyone who is sneezing and yourself; because when someone sneezes or coughs, small droplets from their nose or mouth spills, which might contain traces of the COVID-19 virus.
Masks:- When and how to use them during 2019-CoV Outbreak
Masks are usually effective only if you wash your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer before and after wearing the mask. But if you’re coughing or sneezing, wear a mask wherever you go. Even if you’re completely healthy, wear a mask if you’re in contact with or taking care of a person infected or suspected with 2019-CoV infection.
An N-95 mask is a safety mask that efficiently covers the mouth and nose and helps protect one from all sorts of hazardous materials. For example, An N95 mask also shields you from breathing in small particles in the air such as dust and mold and toxic viruses such as Coronavirus. One can find it at Medpick, an online B2B platform to procure all sorts of medical devices and products.
Myths to break about New Coronavirus 2019
- Can pets spread 2019-CoV?
No, there hasn’t been any evidence yet regarding pets. But it is always advisory to wash your hands after playing with them as they may contain bacteria like E.Coli and Salmonella.
- Does eating garlic prevent infection with coronavirus?
No, it doesn’t. Garlic only has a few antimicrobial properties.
- Can UV lamps kill 2019-CoV?
No. UV lamps must not be used to sterilize any area of the body or skin because its radiation can cause skin irritation.
Stay hygienic, Stay Protected
People of all ages have a probability of getting affected by COVID-19. Especially older people and kids as they have very little self-immunity. Moreover, people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart diseases are prone to get affected by the virus much easily.
Thus, WHO and UNICEF advise people from every age group to stay alert and maintain proper hygiene routine during these tough times.