Despite vigorous containment efforts, it has become obvious that SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus), and the disease it causes – COVID-19 – have expanded to pretty much every country across the globe. While some countries are reporting small numbers so far like India is at 108 (as per 16-03-2020), it is almost destined that everyone will, eventually, see an outbreak nearby.
Early information shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this virus. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Pearls n Pansy wants you to stay safe and secured. I have created a go-to guide for you and every basic thing you need to know about CoronaVirus- A Pandemic. Let’s begin-
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS-
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
- Shortness of breath
- In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching commonly used surfaces in public places like elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails and avoid handshaking with people. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
HOW IT IS SPREADING
- The coronavirus – known as COVID-19 – spreads from person to person in close proximity, similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu.
- Droplets of bodily fluids – such as saliva or mucus – from an infected person are dispersed in the air or on surfaces by coughing or sneezing.
- These droplets can come into direct contact with other people or can infect those who pick them up by touching infected surfaces and then their faces.
- Transmission is of particular concern on transport, where droplets containing the coronavirus could pass between passengers or via surfaces like aeroplane seats and armrests.
According to scientists, coughs and sneezes can travel several feet and stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes. It is not yet known how long the virus can survive outside a host but, in other viruses, it ranges from a few hours to months. The incubation period of the coronavirus, the length of time before symptoms appear, is between one and 14 days.
Let’s stay safe and secure during this Pandemic and chaos. Stay Safe and Corona-free! Love you guys and my prayers are with those who have been caught by this virus. Everything will be fine, very soon!