According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses (CoV) are large families of viruses. Coronaviruses (CoV) cause illness varying from the common cold to severe conditions such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
As per World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
Common Coronavirus symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing troubles. In some critical cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, organ failure, and even death.
COVID-19 symptoms generally take 2-14 days to appear.
– It can spread through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
– If a person touches a high-touch surface or object that has been infected by the virus and then touches his mouth, nose, or eyes, he may get infected.
So far, the best way to prevent and slow down the transmission of COVID-19 is to be well aware of the virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Follow the guidelines laid down by WHO or the Ministry of Health of India.
These are the few precautions everyone is urged to take:
– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
– Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes as much as possible.
– Remember to cover your mouth with a disposable tissue or your bent elbow whenever sneezing or coughing.
– Remember to wear a mask if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
– Maintain social distancing. Do not gather in large crowds.
– Stay at home if you are showing signs. Do not go to the hospital. Call on the official helpline No:
Anybody can get COVID-19 infection, but the elderly and those with underlying health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are at most risk.
There is no vaccine for the virus.
According to directions released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a person living in the same house as someone who has caught the novel coronavirus must be quarantined.
Home quarantine applies for the following groups and members of their family:
People who are in quarantine and who develop symptoms of respiratory infection should be in-home isolation until they are healthy, and for a minimum of 14 days after quarantine begins.
Please follow the below-mentioned things:
– Only an assigned member of the family should be tasked with taking care of the such person
– Avoid shaking the soiled linen or direct contact with skin
– Wear disposable gloves when cleaning the surfaces or handling the linen of the patient.
– Wash hands after removing gloves
– Visitors should not be allowed in the house
– If the person being quarantined becomes symptomatic, all the close contacts of the patient will be home quarantined (for 14 days). Upon that, 14 days will be added or till the report of such a case turns out negative on lab testing.
The home quarantine period is for 14 days from contact with a confirmed case or earlier if the suspected case turns out negative on laboratory testing.
Source: Government of India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Directorate General of Health Services (EMR Division).
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We request you to follow authentic sources for COVID-19, like the World Health Organization and Government of India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Directorate General of Health Services.
Sources: World Health Organization and Government of India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Directorate General of Health Services.