The whole planet is battling the Coronavirus pandemic as it continues to spread and endanger lives. The virus has slowly engulfed the whole planet and every nation on the globe. The graph keeps climbing as more and more people are getting infected and succumbing to the virus. The crisis is real and staring us in the face.
As statistics show, the outbreak has enveloped the whole planet and is rapidly making its way into interior parts of these nations. The outbreak which began from the Hubei province of China has caused maximum devastation there and in Italy and other European countries where it has taken the lives of tens of thousands of people. The pandemic which began spreading somewhere in the last week of December 2019 has been somewhat controlled in China, but it continues to affect the globe and is causing havoc in countries which were unprepared for this sort of outbreak.
Countries around the world have come together to defeat the virus. Several medical organizations like WHO, CDC have issued guidelines and advisories which can help people stay safe and protected from getting infected. Updated information about the pandemic is available on the WHO website and also through local and national public health authorities. For those of us who are not infected, awareness and precautions are the only available tools to stay healthy. Knowledge and information are our reliable tools and we must use them effectively to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Here are the basic symptoms that begin appearing day after day if someone gets infected with coronavirus. It is crucial to understand these symptoms and be able to recognize them instantly so that appropriate care and protection measures can be taken. The symptoms of corona appear within 2-14 days of infection.
Coronavirus Infection Timeline:
Day 1-4: Fever, fatigue, muscle pain, dry cough accompanied by nausea and diarrhoea.
Day 5-6: Patients experience difficulty in breathing, fever, throat pain etc.
Day 7: Above symptoms begin to worsen, hospital care necessary at this stage.
Day 8-9: Patients develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), fluid builds up in lungs.
Day 10-14: Worsening symptoms, abdominal pain and appetite loss.
This timeline shows how the virus progresses and becomes more fatal by the day. If any of the above symptoms are visible, the first step is to consult medical care immediately. While the above information guides one on how to recognize if one is infected, it is more important to stay safe from the infection. There is a set of guidelines to keep away from coronavirus and ensure that you do not get infected.
Basic Protective Measures and Guidelines:
COVID-2019 is a virus which gets transferred via cough and sneeze droplets, coming in contact with an infected surface and then touching eyes, nose or mouth or by coming in direct contact with an infected person. It can also be transferred from uncooked meat products that may contain the virus. Here is a list of protective measures that one can take to safeguard against the coronavirus.
Wash Your Hands Frequently: Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with a disinfecting soap decreases chances of contracting the virus. If unable to wash then an alcohol based sanitizer to be used for cleansing hands.
Maintain Social Distancing: Avoid going out in public, crowded places and markets. Maintain at least 1 metre distance when speaking to someone. Use a handkerchief to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing as the virus can be transferred through droplets. Avoid public or social gatherings to minimize chances of contracting coronavirus.
Avoid Contact With Eyes, Nose & Mouth: The virus needs an inlet to enter your respiratory canal, and touching nose, mouth and eyes frequently increases the chances of infection. It is advised not to touch any of these parts and maintain personal hygiene.
If Symptoms Appear, Seek Medical Care: In case any of the symptoms mentioned above appear in you or anyone you know, seek medical assistance ASAP to avoid a severe infection which may prove to be fatal.
Stay Calm & Boost Your Immune System: Stay alert and calm and make yourself mentally strong. In addition boost your immunity by doing respiratory exercises and eating organic home cooked food.
Busting A Few Myths:
With the massive outbreak and exchange of information, fake news and myths about the coronavirus have also begun doing rounds on the internet. It is important to bust these myths and provide accurate and reliable information to the people. Here are some facts and myths:
Coronavirus can not transmit in areas with hot & humid climate: From the evidence so far, COVID-19 can survive in ALL AREAS and all kinds of climatic conditions including extremely hot and humid climates. So if you live in a temperate or a tropical zone, follow precautionary measures either way.
Extreme cold weather and snow can kill the coronavirus: There is no evidence that snow and cold can destroy the coronavirus, so stay protected. Do not get caught in such myths and misconceptions and keep washing your hands regularly to stay safe and protected.
Taking a hot bath prevents you from coronavirus: Absolutely not, the temperature of our bodies remains the same and does not change with the temperature of the water we bathe in. The virus will not die inside your body just by taking a hot bath or shower.
COVID-19 can be transferred through mosquito bites: COVID-19 can’t be spread through mosquito bites, so you can cool off on that part. However, you must be protected from mosquitoes as well as they are known to transfer some very nasty diseases like malaria, typhoid etc.
Hand dryers can kill the COVID-19: No, hand dryers are ineffective on coronavirus, the only way is to frequently wash your hands with a disinfectant and keep cleaning them with an alcohol-based sanitizer to kill any germs.
Vaccines against Pneumonia can help fight coronavirus: No, normal pneumonia and influenza vaccines cannot kill the coronavirus. Although these vaccines are not effective against coronavirus, however use of these vaccines is recommended to prevent respiratory problems and other diseases from developing.
Coronavirus affects only older people and not youngsters: COVID-2019 attacks people of all age groups, however youngsters recover easily due to strong immunity as compared to older people, but they too are equally vulnerable.
Protective Gear and Equipment:
Health agencies have prescribed a list of protective gear and equipment that can help you protect yourself from coronavirus infection. These include:
Facemask: Use a facemask, preferably N95 mask to protect yourself and others from infectious particles and cough droplets.
Gloves: These are essential if you are associated with medical services or handle materials coming from outside like currency notes or any other items delivered by the basic logistics supply chain.
Hand Sanitizer: Sanitizer helps you cleanse your hands when you cannot wash them, this is a must item to remain protected.
Eye protection/ Goggles: These are again an essential for medical personnels to minimize risks of contracting COVID-19.
What can you do to help your government?
In this critical situation, the government heavily relies upon citizens to control the massive outbreak and restore order and health among citizens. We as responsible citizens can make a lot of efforts to help out the government and medical personnels who are battling against this pandemic, day in and out. Help your government by staying in-doors and following the instructions and guidelines to the dot. Support the enforced lockdowns and donate as much as you can. Stay healthy and aware about the latest on coronavirus.