The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 disease as a global pandemic. The coronavirus now officially called, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS - CoV-2), has 125 confirmed cases in India. Amidst the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, there is a dire need to know the symptoms and take appropriate precautions to stay ahead of any misinformation being circulated. In order to be safe, let us be informed about the various facets of Coronavirus.
What Are Coronavirus And What Are The Symptoms Of Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory diseases in mammals and birds. The name "coronavirus" is derived from the Latin corona which means crown. The shape of the virus is like the crown. As of now, all doctors know for sure are that these crown-shaped viruses spread the same way as the common cough and cold or flu viruses do. The virus causes respiratory infections which are typically mild including:
- Common cold
- Swollen throat
- Running nose
- Blocked nasal passages
- Shortness of breath
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How Is It Transmitted?
Some of the most common ways through which these viruses spread are:
- Contact with an infected person
- Contact with anything that has been touched by an infected person
- Inhaling air infected with the virus
What Are The Precautions For Coronavirus?
- Follow the culture of ‘Namaste’ (Avoid handshake)
- Practice hand-hygiene at all times
- Follow Respiratory Hygiene
- Wear a mask
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands
- Maintain safe food practices
- Avoid travel to farms & live animal markets
- Clean yourself thoroughly every day
What Should You Do?
- Avoid international travel.
- If you've travelled internationally in the last 28 days and developed fever, cough, or runny nose, stay at home.
- If you were abroad in the last 28 days and don’t have any symptoms, it is possible that someone on your flight or around you was sick.
- Keep your manager informed & it is recommended that you stay at home for 28 days to avoid possible exposure.
How Is Coronavirus Diagnosed?
The first step of diagnosing is a consultation, after which the doctor will recommend:
- Blood tests
- Throat and nose swabs
Who's At Risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization:
- Older adults and people with chronic conditions like heart and lung disease are at a higher risk of infection from a COVID-19 attack. This also includes people who have recently had surgeries for organ or bone marrow transplants, & patients undergoing chemotherapy.
- People with weaker or compromised immune systems due to HIV, and rarer immune system deficiencies are also susceptible.
So far there is no special treatment for coronavirus. The most important thing to do is not to panic, because panic adds to stress & anxiety. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call the helpline 08047193443 & Consult with Specialist doctors within minutes only on DocsApp.
Stay informed. Stay safe