The world as we know is rapidly changing and perhaps for the first time in history, people around the globe are forced to stay indoors and maintain distance from their family and friends, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us know more about this unforeseen disease and how we can safeguard ourselves from it
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Originated at the Wuhan province in China, it has now affected millions of people around the world. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms.
- Dry cough
- Aches and pains.
- Nasal congestion.
- Runny nose.
- Sore throat.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate. Seek medical attention if you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing.
The vaccination for COVID-19 is still in its early stages of development. Hence, prevention is the only cure against COVID-19 at the moment. Here is how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call for medical assistance well in time.
- Follow the directions of your local health authority.
This is a difficult time for us when we are forced to sit indoor 24/7. But, remember we are all in this together. And during this moment, we all must do our duty to ensure that we can overcome this difficult time together. So, stay at home and be safe. Better days will come soon.
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