Protect Yourself and Others from CoronaVirus
Before you continue, please be advised that the situation is evolving and the below article is based on the latest information we have. For the most recent updates and advisory, please visit:
- World Health Organisation
- Australian Government - Department of Health (Australia)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
What is coronavirus?
The coronaviruses (CoV) is a large family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses in humans including the common cold and more severe forms like MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS-CoV) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS-CoV), which are life-threatening. The Coronavirus is named after its shape which takes the form of a crown with protrusions around it and hence is called a coronavirus (COVID-19).
Common signs or symptoms of infection
- Fever (high temperature)
- respiratory symptoms
- cough and running nose (Rhinorrhoea)
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
- Muscle ache
It will start with a fever, followed by a dry cough, and after a week, it can lead to shortness of breath
In more severe cases:
- Infection can cause pneumonia
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure and even death
- chest tightness
- chest pain
Top Precautions for Coronavirus
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Reduce handshakes where possible
- Avoid junk foods to maintain good health
- Eat properly cooked animal products
- Take care of children while visiting a sick person
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Sanitize your hands before eating with alcohol-based gel
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth without handwash
- Take precautions while you are in crowded places
- Wear a mask to avoid spreading infection
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, objects, and clothes.
- Maintain about 6 feet distance from person to person
When to Wash Hands
- After coughing or sneezing
- When you get home from outside
- Before and after caring for the sick person
- Before preparation of food and after finishing it as well
- Before and after eating food
- After toilet use
- After playing with animals/pets
- When hands look or feel dirty
- After playing outside
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
How to wash hands
- wet the hands
- Apply the soap over both sides
- Rub your hands for 20seconds properly
- Rinse and wash with water
- Dry hands with a hygiene cloth/tissue
Is the recent strain fatal?
Since it’s a new strain, there is no specific vaccine that is found to treat COVID-19 (as of March 5th, 2020). However, according to WHO "many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore there are chances to recover but the treatment is based on the patient's clinical condition". However, it has already taken more than 3000 people's lives globally.
Vaccine for Coronavirus
Public health groups such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating the vaccine.
Health authorities globally are heightening precautionary measures against a deadly CoronaVirus
Suspected causes of CoronaVirus Outbreak
- Came from bats (The bat virus can infect an intermediate animal, and during that replication, mutations arise that could promote infection in humans if they are in close contact, which is not clear)
- Originated in a seafood market in Wuhan
- This Originated in a seafood market for illegal wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
- Eating raw or not properly cooked animal meat
Note, at the moment it is not confirmed where it came from.
Points to be Noted
Don't be under false assumptions, don't believe and spread fake news.
Fear is the best enemy to make you sick and restless. Eat well, stay well, and protect yourself and others from this deadly virus.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Globally
(As of March 3rd, 2020. These numbers may be out, and are only accurate at the time of publishing)
- Coronavirus Cases: 91,347
- Recovered: 48,278
- Currently Infected Patients: 39,949
- Currently Mildly Infected Condition: 32,851
- Serious or Critical condition: 7,098
- Deaths: 3120