Coronavirus Pandemic 2019: What we Know so Far
The entire world is facings serious pandemic these days. The notorious Coronavirus or more commonly known as COVID-19 has become the most prominent headline all around the world. Much like the flu outbreak of 1920, this virus has affected the everyday routine of the entire world. But it is not like the ordinary flu, COVID-19 is dangerous because of its alarming transmission speed.
We understand that it is a time of great frustration, but instead of panicking, you need to learn everything that you can about this severe pandemic so that you can take necessary precautions to save yourself and your loved ones from this severe health issue.
Let’s briefly go through what we know so far about the origin, symptoms and necessary precautions for COVID-19
History of COVIS-19: Where it all Began?
The first thing that you need to know about this virus is, it starts with animals and then is transmitted to humans. It first started off from a food market in Wuhan, China back in December 2019. As soon as it came out for the first time, the whole world went on a full-on alert because it was predicted to spread at a massive rate.
And not to the surprise of medical specialists all around the world, it really has affected almost the entire world now. As per the latest reports, more than 190 countries in the world are affected by this virus. The overall cases exceed 500,000 and over 2,000 casualties are reported worldwide.
There is no vaccine or treatment yet, for this deadly virus but still, there are things that you can do to save yourself from this pandemic. The first of which is to stay home or in isolation.
How does COVID-19 Spread?
Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that spreads when you come in contact with a person who is infected with it. It spreads when the infected person coughs or sneezes and a non-infected person comes in contact with the droplets of these respiratory droplets. It also transfers from person to person via touch. It can also be transferred when you touch a surface that is contaminated with the virus. It is one of the most easily transferrable viruses which doesn’t show its symptoms for many days, so the infected person may end up infecting everyone around them unconsciously because even they don’t know that they are infected.
Since it is majorly a respiratory disease, most of its symptoms are related to the respiratory system of the body. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are
- Dry Cough and High fever at once
- Extreme Shortness of breath
- Severe pneumonia and breathing problems
Flu also falls under the family of coronaviruses but is not as dangerous as the current pandemic that is going on. A specialized test needs to be performed to make sure whether you are infected with COVID-19 or not.
There is no approved vaccine or treatment for Coronavirus as of now. As recommended by the doctors, taking necessary precautions is the best way of dealing with this global pandemic.
The best way to stop this virus from spreading or getting affected by it is by limiting your contact. You must stop unnecessary socializing activities all at once. Social distancing is the best way of saving yourself and your family from this deadly pandemic.
Here are some of the things that you can do to prevent getting affected by COVID-19
- Wash your hands well, for at least 20 seconds to 1 minute. Whenever you come back from outside or before starting to eat, make it a habit to wash your hands more than you normally do.
- Don’t touch Face or Mouth
- Keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing
- Throw away the tissues that you use
- Use hand sanitizers
- Apply disinfectants on the objects that you frequently use
It is highly recommended that you increase the frequency with which you wash your hands. Also, take at least 30 seconds to 1 minute and do a thorough job
Here is a recommended way of washing your hands
- Put your hands in running water and let the entire hand wet
- Apply soap or hand sanitizer to your entire hand
- Scrub your entire hand, the back as well as space between the fingers
- Put your hand again under the running water
- Dry your hand with a clean piece of clothing
Note: If you are using a hand sanitizer than make sure that it contains more than 60% alcohol for the best effect.
Would wearing a Mask help?
Wearing a mask doesn’t necessarily mean that you would stay safe from getting infected because this virus can spread through touch as well. Still, it is a necessary precaution that you can go for.
For people who are infected by COVID-19, wearing a mask is a must for them. The hosts of this virus, when they sneeze or cough, the people around them are sure to get infected by this virus.
Who does COVID-19 affect the most?
The recent pattern of casualties with COVID-19 suggests that the people who have a weak immune system get affected by it the most. People who have a strong immune system usually are able to fight this virus off.
So, as of new, kids and seniors are the most expected victims of this virus. Of course, this is based on the premise that this virus is more dangerous for people with a weak immune system. So, even for the young generation, if they have some sort of illness that affects their immune system, this virus could prove to be deadly for them as well. These are just hypotheses and meant to inspire people to take necessary precautions.
Staying updated with the current situation is great and all, but you should keep in mind that it is always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you take necessary safety measures as recommended by doctors all over the world to save yourself and your loved ones from this deadly COVID-10 pandemic.
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