Covid19 Virus: Everything You Need To Know About It

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Covid19 Pandemic

Everyone is at alert, everyone is talking about it. The disease is spreading fast at an alarming state that it is creating a situation of panic all around because there is no vaccination available to fight the disease and the number of cases has crossed 1lakh and the death tally is on the rise all over the world. It’s been declared as a medical emergency in almost every country and every government is taking all the necessary steps to fight the deadly virus.

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1. What is Coronavirus?

According to WHO: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that on entering humans and animals can cause illness ranging from the common cold to mild to severe respiratory diseases.

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2. What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus Disease is a newly discovered virus that has been infecting a large number of people and was detected after the outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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3. How Does It Spread?

It can spread very easily from one affected person to another through the droplets coming out during coughing or sneezing. These droplets can enter directly in another body or land upon the surface which might be touched by another person and hence affecting him as well. It is advised to maintain at least 1 m distance from people.

4. What Are Its Symptoms?

The symptoms are similar to common flu, like running nose, tiredness, pain, ache, dry cough, nasal congestion, breathing issues, etc. Sometimes an infected person might not show any symptoms.

5. How Can We Keep Ourselves Safe?

Since there is no vaccine available for it, the only thing that can be done is to prevent getting exposed to the virus. Wash your hands regularly, do not go outside until and unless very important, keep everything clean and hygienic, wear masks, do not touch your face and eyes with dirty hands. Avoid traveling, and maintain a safe distance from everyone. Avoid eating street food, wash vegetables, and fruits properly. Consume only those fruits which have a peel. Precaution is better than cure.

6. Who all can be infected:

It can spread to anyone but almost 80% of the people can easily recover from it. Older people who already have medical issues are more prone to be badly affected by it. Infants and children are more vulnerable to get infected.

7. Are antibiotics effective in the infection?

No, antibiotics help only in bacterial infection and since this is viral infection antibiotics should not be consumed. Self-medication at all costs should be avoided. Seek medical supervision if you face any difficulty.

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8. Incubation period:

It is the period of catching the infection and showing symptoms. It is generally between 1 to 14 days.

9. Can a person get COVID-19 through its pet?

Only one case in Hongkong has been detected where a person was infected through his dog. But to date, nothing has been confirmed regarding this, and it mainly transmits through coughing and sneezing.

Stay indoors as much as you can. Follow all the health advisory and if infected seek medical care immediately. 80% of people can recover from it and so no need to panic. Just keep yourself and your loved ones safe and protected.

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