On March 11, 2020, Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of March 30, 2020 (10:30 AM), a total of 1071 cases have been reported by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (including 49 foreign nationals) in 27 states/UTs. These include 29 deaths, 1 person who has migrated and 99 discharged/recovered patients.
Considering the existing global outbreak, there has been a rise in misleading information, rumors, and panic created on Corona disease, especially through social media. With that in mind, we have come up with accurate and basic details you should know about Coronavirus (COVID-19) –
What is Coronavirus or Covid-19?
Originated from Wuhan province of China, Coronavirus Infectious Disease 19 or COVID-19 is a new chain of coronavirus which hadn’t been found in humans in the past. Respiratory symptoms followed by cough and fever are its key symptoms. The CDC has been working hard to track the virus and take all the precautionary measures by providing guidelines for emergency health workers and the common public.
Coronaviruses are actually a huge group of viruses found worldwide. They are known to affect the respiratory health of animals and people. A lot of coronaviruses have been known to infect people and cause only mild diseases like the cold. But Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MARS) coronaviruses are known to cause severe illness.
How did it spread?
Well, the investigation is going on. But it is true that it spread from one person to another through direct contact. A person becomes ill when he or she comes in contact with another person who is infected. It spreads just like cold and flu. When an infected person coughs and sneezes or even touches the surfaces, it spreads with respiratory droplets.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Some of the common symptoms in confirmed COVID-19 cases are cough, fever, and shortness of breath. People may have mild symptoms or may get severely ill. The virus spreads very fast and easily. Here are some of the common signs you should know –
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A feeling of being tired or unwell
How to Prevent Coronavirus?
There are certain protection measures you need to follow to prevent the spread of the virus and contacting the same –
- Avoid social gathering
- Maintain social distancing when you have to go outdoors.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. It is best if you wash with warm water and soap for 15 seconds. You may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well.
- Don’t touch your nose, eyes, and mouth.
- When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth with an elbow or upper sleeve, not hands. It is even better to use a tissue and throw it in the trash and wash hands.
- If you or your family member is sick, stay or keep them home quarantined.
- Never go out and stay home always.
- Disinfect and clean surfaces and objects that are frequently touched in your home.
We hope you found the above information useful. If you are feeling sick with any of the above symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and stay home. Medibrandox is the leading healthcare marketing partner which has come forward to spread awareness of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are here to help healthcare professionals to generate patient leads and connect with their patients with telemedicine. It’s time we stand together to fight against CoronaVirus.