The entire world is dealing with Coronavirus Outbreak. Every day we wake up with news of people dying due to it. Recently, WHO has declared it a Pandemic, which means the number of infected people, cases, and deaths can increase at an alarming rate.
As everybody says, "Prevention is better than Cure". People in the coronavirus hit countries are dealing with it in their way. The government is taking the necessary steps and making people aware of Covid-19.
With the right knowledge and right guidance, you can stay safe from it. To clear your misconceptions and help you stay on the safe side, we jotted down this detailed article on Coronavirus 2019. Read and understand what you need to know to deal with it.
It is a family of viruses that originated from animals. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-Cov) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-Cov), these both also belong to the Cov family.
Coronavirus disease, also called COVID-19, is highly contagious and spreads at a fast pace in different parts of the world. It is claimed that SARS-Cov came from Civet Cats and MERS-Cov from dromedary camels to humans.
The common symptoms include fever, common cold, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, and difficulties. The COVID-19 also has been spread from Animals to Humans. The exact source is still unknown.
The majority of people came to know about this virus in December after it became prevalent in Wuhan. To deal with this pandemic and prevent more deaths in the future, WHO has released various preventive measures.
Before that, let's understand where it came, and which country is its epicenter?
According to the reports and as health officials said, the virus originated in Wuhan. At the end of December, the Chinese Public Health Officials informed the World Health Organisation about a new virus that shows pneumonia-like symptoms in humans.
After analysis, it was determined that it was quickly spreading in Wuhan and the area around it. The Covid-19 virus is found in almost every animal and can infect humans also.
The MERS outbreak in 2012 and SARS in 2002 led to many deaths around the world. SARS originated in China while MERS in Saudi Arabia, and Covid-19 is said to come from the Seafood Market of Wuhan.
But after analysis, it was found that the infected person has no link with the market. The experts are still trying hard to find the source and link with it.
As of March 2020, China and Italy have the most number of Coronavirus Cases, and the numbers are increasing every day. India has reached Stage 2 compared to other countries where the outbreak is severe.
COVID-19 that stands for Corona (CO) VIRUS (VI) Disease (D) 2019 (year). This virus attacks the respiratory system, which later leads to shortness of breath or heart attack.
The earlier symptoms are cough, sneeze, and fever. In some cases, the symptoms go unnoticed or don't appear at all. The people who are at risk are those who are in close contact with the Coronavirus infected person.
Plenty of infected people are oblivious of the fact that they have contracted the COVID-19 from somewhere. Within 14 days, the symptoms start appearing. Like if you have a mild fever that stayed long enough for 72 hours, then you need medical attention.
Other symptoms include headache, muscle aches, diarrhoea, flu, and pneumonia. Don't panic if you have any of these symptoms, but seek medical assistance immediately.
Well, it's not sure that if you have the above symptoms, that means you are diagnosed with COVID-19; it can be something else also.
Talking about how severe or dangerous this illness then understands that it is highly contagious. The problem is its infectious nature and can affect people on a large scale.
A small disease that is highly transmissible can prove devastating at a global level. The symptoms range from Mild to Severe. The chances are 80% of the cases are yet to be discovered and need hospitalization.
The category of people who are at high risk are those who already have some underlying health issues. The people above the age of 60 are at high risk. Moreover, considering the coronavirus cases in India, the three people who died were of age above 60. The reason they died can be their weak immune system or underlying diseases like heart problems, diabetes, kidney issues, respiration related problems, etc.
To know the pandemic situation in any specific country, you can see this Map.
The virus is taking rounds around the world. But Tricity people relax, we all are safe yet. The situation is under control, and there are very few suspected cases of Coronavirus in Chandigarh. Being the cleanest and greenest cities in India, the health centres and PGI hospital here stays on its toes to keep the residents safe from the pandemic.
Evidence and studies suggest that the COVID-19 can quickly jump from an infected person to a healthy individual when both are in close contact. Whenever an infected person sneezes and coughs, the little droplets are released into the air which, when coming in contact with another person's eyes, nose, hands, or mouth, chances are they will fall sick.
Not only on body parts, but it may also fall on anything like doorknobs, handles, surfaces, eatables, or any object they came in contact with. When you touch that surface with your hands and then put it on your face, the virus spreads.
The virus can stay active for a few days, so it is suggested to keep everything around you clean and sterilize it. The virus doesn't spread through the air.
Maintain social distance and stay away from those who are infected or take precautions while dealing with them.
If we all collectively took preventive measures, then the number of deaths can be reduced drastically. Join hands together.
Remember, we all are together into this and will come out stronger. It's the time where we all are a support system for each other. Based on knowledge acquired, you can protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 if you follow the guidelines set by WHO.
Its our responsibility to make adults, children, and older people aware of how to stay safe from COVID-19. No need to make any rigid changes into your routine. Just follow the safety measures to stay safe and don't believe in rumors.
The news sources are showing the darker side of this pandemic only—no need to panic as many people have got cured also.
So take preventive measures that we mentioned below to prevent yourself and keep others safe.
Preventive Measures For Family Especially Children's
Take help from here, and the helpline numbers for every state is mentioned.
Ways to protect yourself
Understand if fewer people get sick, then they can quickly be recovered by providing the needed healthcare.
Recommendations for infected people
If you are in touch with the person who is already infected with COVID-19, then maintain distance. If you want to feed them, wear gloves and masks beforehand. Wash the utensils used by them with hot water. Clean your hands again after completing chores.
If you came to know yourself that are your Coronavirus positive, then quarantine yourself and watch your symptoms for 14 days. Keep taking the medicines to curb the symptoms. If the condition worsens, then seek medical attention.
Follow the CDC guidelines to keep yourself and community safe
The safety measures suggested by the CDC, if you are sick, can prove helpful for you as well as the entire community.
In UT, the situation is under control, and immediate steps are taken by the Chandigarh Administration to keep the people of tricity safe. As of March 19, 2020, only one positive case was detected in Chandigarh. The infected person is a 23-year-old girl who has a history of travel to the affected country.
The other person who died from Punjab is from Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, and had traveled history to Germany and Italy.
Chandigarh, also called The City Beautiful, is the cleanest and greenest city of India. Chandigarh Administration has taken immediate steps required to curb down the spread of Coronavirus in Chandigarh and make people aware. The COVID-19 has taken the world by storm.
Following are preventive measures taken in Chandigarh to deal with the current situation:
Problems people are facing.
The shopkeepers said that if this scenario continued, then the situation may worsen.
Find in CHD urges you to stay away from Rumors and Hoaxes. People are in a state of shock and don't know how to deal with it. So we recommend that you don't spread fear. Keep the jokes apart and follow the instructions released by the health administrations.
As social media and news channels are loaded with the stuff that is wrong to some extent, it leads to panic. So don't believe them until you have the intact information.
Here are a few myths that we urge you not to believe:
Mosquito Bite Cause Coronavirus - The person who has contracted the Novel Coronavirus and mosquito bites it then later on if it bites the healthy person then it will not spread. That's so because it is a respiratory virus, not a bloodborne virus.
Buying goods from China - Some people are concerned that if we purchased the products made in China, then the virus will spread. If you are so concerned, which is good, then first disinfect the thing or wipe it before touching or using it.
Virus from Pets - Till now, no studies indicated that the virus comes from your pet, or they can contract this.
Eat onion with salt and garlic - Boosting the number of such things will not help you. Eating the black pepper, ginger, etc. can help you boost immunity to some extent, but it is not the solution.
The Bottom Line
If you feel that you have symptoms of COVID-19, then make sure to call on 104, which is a coronavirus helpline number of Punjab.
As time passes, we don't know that the situation will worsen or improve. No treatment or vaccine is yet available of COVID-19. Dozens of scientists and experts around the world are in the process of finding medicine. Clinical trials are still going on. The pharmaceutical and Research teams are working together to make the medicine available for the world as soon as possible once it is found.
Anthony Fauci, the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, said that if everything goes smoothly, then the vaccine might be available in a year to 18 months.
WE ALL ARE INTO IT TOGETHER. SO SUPPORT OTHERS FELLOW AND COME OUT STRONGER.