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Corona Virus- Help Guide

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  80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru     Mar 17, 2020

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What is COVID-19? 

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

How COVID-19 Spreads? 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

How deadly is Coronavirus? 

Coronavirus has “high infectivity but low mortality” 

Who is at higher risk? 

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. 

This includes:

  • Older adult people 
  • And, who have serious chronic medical conditions like Heart disease, Diabetes & Lung disease

Will I die if I catch the disease?

  • Almost 80% of people have mild symptoms and recover from the disease in 2 weeks. 
  • Most of the symptoms can be treated with timely medical care.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Protect yourself and others! 

Follow these do's -

1. Wash Your Hands

Practice frequent hand washing. Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean.

2. Cover Your Face

Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing. Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use.

3. Consult a Doctor

See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficult breathing and cough). While visiting doctor wear a mask/cloth to cover your mouth and nose.

4. Avoid Large Gatherings

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. And, Avoid participating in large gatherings & travelling.

These don'ts-

1. Avoid Direct Contact

Don't Have close contact with anyone, if you’re experiencing cough and fever.

2. Avoid Touching

Don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

3. Be a Gentleman

Don't Spit in public.

Know the key facts about COVID- 19

  • Older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. Most coronaviruses led illnesses are generally mild, especially for children and young adults. 
  • COVID-19 appears to be relatively rare and mild in children. Just over 2% of cases were under 18 years of age.
  • Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
  • Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
  • For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

Myth Busters- (COVID-19)  

1. MYTH: COVID-19 virus can not be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.

FACT: From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. 

2. MYTH: Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus. 

FACT: There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill new coronavirus or other diseases. 

3. MYTH: Taking a hot bath does prevent the new coronavirus disease. 

FACT: Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. 

4. MYTH: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites. 

FACT: To date, there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. 

5. MYTH: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus.

FACT: No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes. 

6. MYTH: Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus.

FACT: No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q- Can the novel coronavirus be passed on through food?

There is no such evidence as yet, experience with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS suggest that people do not get infected through food.

Q- Can eating chicken or eggs cause Coronavirus? 

There is no such evidence as yet. The novel coronavirus is not known to spread directly through poultry products. But, experts say it can be a good option to have only properly cooked meat. 

Q- Can eating garlic help forestall disease with the new coronavirus? 

There is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus. 

For any further queries, contact the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on their 24*7 helpline number (+91-11-23978046) or email at (ncov2019@gmail.com).

References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Note: All information and numbers are as available and reported on March 15, 2020

Disclaimer: This piece is for informational purpose only, it is not a substitute for a doctor’s advice or any professional medical advice.

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