What You Need to Know about COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus strain that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China.
Corona viruses come under the family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory infections like the common cold but also can turn into severe (and potentially deadly) infections. It can be transmitted between animals and humans.
The health experts across the globe are closely monitoring the situation because not much is known about this new virus and it has already claimed over thousands of life in many countries. People in the areas where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reportedly are at a high risk of exposure, with raise in risk dependent on the location.
What makes COVID-19 spread so fast and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 spread through respiratory droplets, and this means to get a person infected, one must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets.
It is possible that a person can be affected by COVID-19 if he touches a surface that has the virus on it and later touching their mouth, nose, or their eyes, – but this might not be the main way the virus spreads. The virus can also spread through person to person via surfaces like mobile phones, door handles, tables or light switches.
It is quite difficult to detect symptoms of COVID-19 at initial level as it starts appearing within 2 to 14 days after the exposure and it includes cough, fever, runny nose and breathing difficulty. And if anyone has difficulty in breathing or feels shortness of breath, pressure in the chest, or inability to wake up – the trip to the emergency room then will become necessary.
How can COVID-19 be treated?
Currently, there is no FDA approved medication for COVID-19 but infected people with this virus receive supportive care such as fluids, rest and fever control, to help relieve symptoms.
For many cases, the treatment given includes care to support vital organ functions.
Keep Yourself and Your Loved Ones Healthy by Following Some Preventive Measures:-
- Ensure washing your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitizers mainly which are alcohol-based.
- You must avoid reaching out your eyes, nose and mouth frequently with unwashed hands.
- It is highly recommended to stay home even if you feel little bit sick and do encourage your family members to do the same.
- Strictly avoid close contact with people especially who are sick.
- Cover if you cough and sneeze with a tissue, throw it in the trash and immediately wash your hands with a soap or hand-wash. We might not have tissue all the time with us, and then try to sneeze into your elbow, instead of hands.
- Get the touched objects and surfaces clean and disinfect repeatedly.