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What Is Corona Virus (Covid 19) And Ways To Protect Yourself

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What is Corona Virus (Covid19)

The newly found COVID 19 corona virus has made the whole world stand still with its perilous effects on human health. This is not the new virus, but the freshly discovered strain on the existing corona family. As per the experts, this virus is believed to be a zoonotic in nature that is spreading through transmission between animals and people. Not only this, earlier viruses like corona, SARS, Ebola etc. were also caused due to the consumption of animal by people under unhygienic conditions.

This virus may cause symptoms ranging from intense cold, coughing, fever, kidney failure to the acute respiratory disorders like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

WHO has recently announced this virus infection as pandemic and called people to stay safe & maintain basic hygiene. Not only this, governments of different nations are taking various steps in their own front to avoid this epidemic situation like sanitizing public places properly, checking people & if found any symptoms taking them to the isolation wards, proper check ups for people coming from abroad, helpline number for queries & reporting, not allowing public gathering etc.

In this epidemic situation, we should walk along side the government and follow every thing that is mentioned by the World Health Organization and Government Medical Department to tackle the situation and also to avoid the spread of this infection.

The initial spread from the Epicenter

The initial cases of COVID 19 was emerged from the WUHAN, HUBEI city of CHINA in December 2019. The infected persons were all related to the WUHAN meat market i.e. either they were sellers or buyers. As per the experts, it is the slaughtering & consumption of meat of various animals in an unhygienic ways have become the reason for steaming up of this infection causing virus.

After China, the sudden spread of this virus was marked in Iran (Middle East) and Spain & Italy (Europe) with increased no. of infected persons and death tolls, which is still going on.

The main reason for this spread is that direct trade activity of CHINA with these nations and  also negligence during the initial stage of the outbreak.


Current Situation

Since December 2019, the havoc situation due to the COVID 19 has continued to disperse across the world with an increasing number of infected people and death toll. These have not only created a hazardous impact on the health conditions, but also lead to the economic crisis. Despite death tolls have reached over 7000, still no vaccinations or curative medicines were found for this virus, which makes COVID 19 more dangerous than the normal influenza other other earlier found viruses.


Condition in India:

Although India shares a long border with China, but still country has managed to restrict this infection from spreading like other nations. The first case was from Kerala and now infected person toll reaches to 174 till Tuesday 17 March 2020. Cases may be very less but it can’t be ignored that these are increasing & project potential threats of life in the country. Both State as well as Central government are taking important steps on the front foot and also announced shut down of schools & colleges till 31 March. Further, all public gatherings have been cancelled, proper sanitation process is going on throughout the state.


Symptoms:

In COVID 19 virus infection, people may feel following symptoms

  •     Intense cold & cough
  •     Sneezing
  •     Acute pneumonia
  •     Difficulty in breathing
  •     Kidney Failure
  •     Organ Failure
  •     Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)
  •     Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)

If you find any of the above mentioned symptoms, then immediately consult the Doctor


Precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with the affected people
  • Don’t touch you eyes and nose after touching the anything in public places
  • Use Handkerchief and napkins while sneezing & coughing
  • Feeling sick then better stay at home
  • Clean your hands with soap or sanitizers for every 20 minutes
  • Rinse you hand with soap for at least 20 seconds or use 60% alcohol based sanitizers
  • Follow the recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control & prevention for using a face mask
  • People engaged in the health sector/ housekeeping / civic work must wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the infection

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Conclusion:

Yes, this is the most complicated epidemic situation, but you need to stay calm and maintain proper hygiene steps. If you are going through any symptoms as mentioned earlier do not hesitate to visit the nearby hospital. Do not get feared about the Isolation wards if COVID 19 report comes positive by this you can restrict the further spread of this infection and also cure yourself under professional observation. Finally, try to avoid public gathering & outdoor activities.

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