What is covid-19, and how can I keep myself safe from the pandemic?
A severely deadly new virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak on the 31st December of 2019 that ultimately killed thousands of people worldwide. The disease caused by this virus is called coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19).
The virus holds from the class of virus that causes Severe respiratory syndromes (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndromes (MERS).
The number of people affected and killed by the deadly disease Covid-19 reached thousands in just 3 months, and WHO declared the disease as a global pandemic in March 2020.
How does covid-19 spread?
As per the experts and scientists, covid-19 spreads through the cough and sneeze droplets of the covid-19 infected people. Suppose an infected person sneezes or coughs, and the droplets reach an uninfected people’s mouth or nose or eyes, or the uninfected people touch the surface where the droplets just landed, then the person can get covid-19. It’s still unclear as to how much contagious the deadly virus is. More information on COVID-19 spread.
Some people have coronavirus without symptoms. But in such cases, the symptoms will arise after 14 days of getting exposure to the virus. But in most cases, people get symptoms like the flu. The symptoms of coronavirus are mainly high fever, along with cough and shortness of breath. Some people think that coronavirus symptoms are worse at night. But this statement doesn’t have any scientific verification.
Is it possible to treat or cure covid-19?
Still, now, no vaccine is available for the cure of covid-19. Unfortunately, no antiviral drugs are also available to cure this deadly ailment. However, doctors are trying to cure the patients by relieving the symptoms that occur after getting affected by the covid-19.
The measures to be taken to stop spreading Covid-19/ Coronavirus to-do list by WHO
The WHO and CDC have recommended a few steps to follow to stop the massive spread of the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus. The steps are as follows-
- Avoid any sort of gatherings where many people are present. You never know there may be an infected person who can spread the virus from his body to yours
- Keep a safe distance of 6 feet or 1.8 meters from the unknown person as the person may be sick
- Wash your hands with soap or Sanitizers with 60% alcohol for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth with tissues while sneezing. Throw away the tissue immediately
- Wash your hands, eyes and face often
- Try to clean and disinfect the surfaces that you are about to touch daily
- Also, you should avoid eating raw animals, or undercooked animals or animal organs
- Also, try to avoid any market that has a recent case of coronavirus spread
- Even the WHO doesn’t recommend a healthy person to wear a coronavirus mask. However, you can use it only if your health care practitioner suggests you.
(An unnecessary collection of carnivorous masks for sale may lead to the scarcity of the coronavirus mask that may ultimately lead to the situation where the infected person is not able to get the coronavirus face mask. So be careful before you use it).