News about the deadly virus, Corona/ Covid-19 has been circulating in the media these days, creating a wave of panic over the mass. Firstly originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, this virus is almost everywhere on the world map now. Considering the virus spreading at a fast pace, it is mandatory to take precautions, especially if you are planning to travel during this time. Here are some Coronavirus Precautions all travellers should take before making travel plans.
DO NOT PANIC (Coronavirus Precautions)
Majority of the people who were infected recovered and only a small percentage has faced death. The fatality rate in Wuhan, China, considered as the epicentre of the outbreak, is between 2% and 4%. Outside of Wuhan, it is thought to be closer to 0.7%.
Also, the scientists are on a mission to find the cure, and hopefully, it will be done soon. So DON’T PANIC!
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands with soap and water or use the alcohol-based hand rub frequently, as it kills the virus that may be on your hand. Carry the sanitiser/ wipes wherever you go and clean the surface like trays, glasses that you might come in contact with.
Seek medical help if you are sick
If you are sick with the symptoms of Coronavirus, immediately call the health care professionals as it will help protect you and prevent the spreading of virus and other infections.
Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
Generally, these are the three parts that will let the virus enter your body. So avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, especially if you haven’t washed your hands properly.
Also, try to avoid eating with your hands while you are travelling. If you can’t resist the urge to snack, use sanitiser to clean your hands before snacking.
Maintain good respiratory hygiene
When a person coughs and sneezes, they spray small droplets, and these droplets will come in contact with the air spreading virus and other diseases. So always cover your mouth with a tissue whenever you sneeze or cough and throw this tissue immediately.
Keep a 1 metre (3 feet) distance from the coughing/ sneezing person since you can breathe in the droplets.
Boost your immune system
Pack vitamin C supplements and other essential immunity building medicines before travelling. Ayurveda has a lot of immunity booster which is to be taken after proper consultation. Don’t forget to take plenty of fluids as it is a good Coronavirus Precautions.
Coronavirus Facts And Questions
What exactly is this Covid- 19/Corona Virus?
According to WHO, the novel Coronavirus is a new strain that has not been identified in human being before. It exactly is a huge family of viruses that cause sickness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Where does it originate from?
It started spreading in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province and is very much related to recent significant outbreaks such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). It is believed that a snake is the origin of the disease, but not yet confirmed.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus infection?
Respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties are some of the symptoms of Coronavirus. It can also cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death in extreme cases.
The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some of the patients have developed aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. Mostly the symptoms are mild and increase gradually. However, some people don’t show any symptoms at all. Older people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are extra prone to develop severe illness.
How does the Covid-19 spread?
People catch the virus from the people who are already infected. It can spread from one person to another through small nasal droplets/ mouth when the infected person exhales or coughs. So, it is mandatory to keep a distance of 1 meter from the infected patient.
Can this Covid- 19 spread from a person who has no symptoms?
Chances are low, however, the people on the early stages of the disease show only mild symptoms, and it is, therefore, possible to catch the virus from someone with, for example, mild cough and is not that sick.
Are antibiotics effective for Covid-19?
No, antibiotics won’t work against viruses. Antibiotics should be taken as a measure to prevent or treat the Covid- 19. Consult the doctor if symptoms develop.
Is there any vaccine/ drug/ treatment for Coronavirus?
Not yet. As per WHO, the vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation.
Is it safe to receive a parcel from the infected area?
Yes, it is absolutely fine to receive a parcel from the infected area.
How long is the incubation period of Coronavirus?
The incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.
How long can the virus survive on the surfaces?
Studies suggest that corona-viruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. It can vary upon the different climatic conditions/ temperatures.
LATEST UPDATE (MARCH 1, 10.00 am)
Number of cases: 86,992
Information credits: WHO. (Coronavirus Precautions)
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