Coronavirus Disease Updates Symptoms and Precautions
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What Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Corona means crown. A coronavirus is a type of virus. The virus looks like a crown in the microscope. Which is why it is referred to as coronavirus. There are different types of coronavirus. Some are seen among the animals. And some are found among humans. Also, some of them seem to have passed from animals to human species.
Why is COVID-19 getting so much attention?
The coronavirus that is found in December 2019 wasn’t seen before in a human body. It may have jumped into the human population from animals. Now it is spreading from person to person.
The source of this virus is from a local fish and live animal market in Wuhan, China. So, the experts believe till now. Also, they think that the virus is spread from bats.
How is coronavirus spread?
Till now, the researchers are so learning about the virus. It typically spreads through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person, or touching an infected surface and then the mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronavirus symptoms can include:
- Cough (usually dry)
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling tired and weak
The CDC believes symptoms may appear two to 14 days after coming in contact with the virus.
Worldwide, as of 20 March 2020
Since 31 December 2019 and as of 20 March 2020, 242 488 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including 9,885 deaths. The deaths have been reported from Italy (3 407), China (3 254), Iran (1 284), Spain (767), France (372), United States (150), United Kingdom (144), South Korea (100), Netherlands (76), Germany (43), Japan (33), Switzerland (33), Belgium (21), Indonesia (19), Philippines (18), San Marino (14), Iraq (12), Canada (10), Sweden (10), Algeria (7), International conveyance in Japan (7), Australia (6), Austria (6), Brazil (6), Denmark (6), Egypt (6), Norway (6), Greece (5), Poland (5), India (4), Lebanon (4), Luxembourg (4), Turkey (4), Argentina (3), Bulgaria (3), Ecuador (3), Ireland (3), Portugal (3), Albania (2), Malaysia (2), Morocco (2), Pakistan (2), Peru (2), Ukraine (2), Bahrain (1), Burkina Faso (1), Costa Rica (1), Croatia (1), Cuba (1), Guatemala (1), Guyana (1), Hungary (1), Iceland (1), Moldova (1), Panama (1), Slovenia (1), Sudan (1), Taiwan (1) and Thailand (1).
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So this is extremely alarming and it is high time we get precautions to fight Noble Corona Virus COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global pandemic (an outbreak of a new virus that spreads easily). Social distancing measures are steps we should all take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect vulnerable people.
The Virus is mostly harming for people over 80.
How to protect yourself from the Virus?
To protect against infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following basic hygiene practices:
- Frequent hand washing,
- Staying hydrated, coughing into one’s arm or a tissue
- Staying home if you feel ill.
In addition to reducing your contact with other people, there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
- Always carry tissues while coughing or sneezing and throw it into the trash bin immediately.
- Wash your hands more often than usual with soap or hand sanitizer especially when you get home or into work. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid blowing nose, sneezing or coughing in public places
- Take extra precautions while eating or handling food
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with unsanitized hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are already infected with Coronavirus.
Importance and uses of Facemasks:
Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals but there’s very little evidence of widespread benefit from their use outside of these clinical settings.
Facemasks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly and disposed of safely in order to be effective. Here are some etiquettes of wearing mask listed below:
● Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
● Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
● Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
● Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
● To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front side of a mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
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