What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause diseases in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms. The two other coronaviruses – Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), are much more severe in nature. It is a new strain that hasn’t been previously identified in humans.
The new virus, officially called Covid-19, is also dangerous. So far, around 20 per cent of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical, whereas the death rate stands at around 2%.
This is much lower than the fatality rates for MERS at 30 per cent and SARS at 10 per cent, but still a very significant threat.
Coronaviruses are also zoonotic in nature, meaning they can be transmitted between animals and humans.
Scientists in China believe that COVID-19 has mutated into two strains, one more aggressive than the other, which could make developing a vaccine more complicated.
Common signs of an infection:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Cold & Cough
- Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
Severe signs of an infection:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure
What preventive measures can one take?
- Wear N-95 masks to prevent spreading of the virus if you are positive or to protect yourself from getting infected around people sneezing and coughing.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitisers or wipes, especially before touching any exposed areas of your body like your nose, mouth, eyes, wounds, etc.
- If you are out of Hand Sanitisers or they are not available at the Pharmacy due to the high demand, you can make your own. Mix Aloe Vera gel with Rubbing Alcohol or anything else which has 60% alcohol content and use this to keep your hands germ free. OR Wash your hands throughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Washing with soap is more effective than using sanitisers. Use sanitisers only when you don’t have access to water & soap. For instance when travelling.
- Disinfect surfaces or wipe them as often as possible, including your phone and belt. The virus can stay on any surface for upto 9 days.
- Stay hydrated. Though there is no clear indication whether keeping your throat moist directly protects you against complications, it’s a no loss tip you can follow.
- Always cover your mouth with a paper napkin and discard it after you cough or sneeze, whether or not you have the virus. Protect others from getting infected.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Cook your veggies, eggs and meat throughly.
- Avoid eating vegetables or fruits raw immediately after getting them from the market. Wash & keep them aside for a few days before consuming raw or cook them well.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Take care of your pets too. They can get infected as well.
- Take special care of children, the old and those with an underlying illness or low immunity.
- When staying at a highly infected area, try and wear new pair of clothes every single day and at before retiring for bed, either wash the clothes or keep them separately packed and wash when back home with a disinfectant detergent.
- Get yourself checked if you strongly feel you’ve been infected. Ignorance is not always bliss.
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Real-time Coronavirus Pandemic tracker (World):
Real-time Coronavirus Pandemic tracker (India): https://www.covid19india.org
Share and let your loved ones know how to take care and please do leave comments below, especially if you know tips I may have missed.