Do not let the COVID-19 destroy your lives
Also known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or simply SARS-CoV-2 is the most talked about novel virus in India. Originated in China in late December, COVID-19 has spread around the world like wildfire, affecting millions in its wake. The numbers of infected people and deaths keep mounting as the government is waging war against these invisible enemies.
So, what is COVID-19? How to protect yourself from COVID19? Let's find out answers to these questions in this article.
Coronavirus disease or simply known as COVID-19 is a new disease caused during one of the most dangerous virus outbreaks considered in the history of the pandemics. This is caused by the novel Coronavirus and affects the infected person with mild to moderate symptoms.
The most alarming fact about this disease is that it has spread across all the continents except Antarctica. On top of that, old-aged and young-aged citizens of various nations are the ones vulnerable to this deadly pandemic. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you learn how to protect yourself from coronavirus.
Before we get into details on how you can protect yourself and your family from this novel virus, let us learn how we may spread the virus if infected.
This is the most common way the virus can spread. It can spread when an infected person:
- Is in close proximity to another person, say within 6 feet
- Coughs or sneezes and the virus-borne droplets from the person may land on a healthy person and spread the infection
Recent studies have revealed that the infection is also being spread by a COVID-19 positive person who seems relatively healthy, with no symptoms. That makes this pandemic the more grave one.
In case an infected person sneezes into their hands and touches a surface, the virus attaches itself to the surface and stays alive for hours and even days! When a healthy person comes in touch with the virus and touches their face, the virus enters their body through the mouth or nose, causing infection.
While the frontline personnel are putting their life on line to save us and the scientists are burning the midnight oil to find out a vaccine, let us learn how to protect ourselves during this outbreak.
As social distancing played a significant role in thwarting the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, this is the best weapon we have for free! Simply maintain a safe distance of at least six feet to avoid possible infection. You may never know which person is a carrier of the virus.
Always remember that it takes anywhere from 4 to 14 days for the symptoms to start appearing once the virus starts multiplying in a person's body. For this reason, distance yourself!
Although the government is reiterating this point and made many policies to force people to be locked inside their homes, this is a great step in eradicating this fast spreading disease. When more and more people stay at home, the virus spread will stop gradually to nil.
This way, you may not expose yourself for the possible infection and take it to home and infect your vulnerable family members.
If you are forced to step out of your house for groceries and other emergency situations, make sure you cover your mouth and nose with masks. If you do not have sophisticated masks designed to keep the virus away, then the least you can do is cover with multiple layers of a clothing piece. This way, if you are infected, you may not infect others while sneezing or coughing.
In case you get infected and suddenly get sneezing and coughing symptoms, cover your mouth while doing it. Use a tissue or if you have nothing, bury your face into your elbow joint. If you did use a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands.
The ultimate effective way to protect yourself and your family from this awful virus is by keeping your hands clean. At no circumstances must you touch your face. Wash your hand with hand wash or sanitize it with your hand sanitizer.
Similarly, the surface like a table, chair, door knob, handles, car door handle, and other such accessible places may carry the virus, if an infected person touched it before you. For this reason, disinfecting the surfaces near and around you quite often can help you keep the virus at bay. To clean the surface, you can use detergents, soaps and water.
This pandemic is already upon us. Now is not the time to panic, but it is time to come together and learn how to defeat coronavirus in India. Always remember that you are not alone in this fight, but the whole world is! Stay safe and take care!