COVID 19, a highly infectious disease; what are the Precautions for coronavirus?
A highly infectious disease engulfed the globe within a few months. Coronavirus broke the false notion of ours that we are Invincible, impregnable and indomitable. Nature made things very clear that, if you mess with nature, you will have it.
Presently the only option we have is to take precautions. We need to wait till we find a fix to this pandemic. Basic instructions regarding the precautions are to be observed.
What are the precautions for coronavirus?
On December 31st, 2019, World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City Hubei Province of China. The genetic make-up of this virus did not match with any previously known virus. This news was concerning because when a virus is new, we would not know how it affects people.
One week later on the 7th of January Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus; the new virus is an infectious coronavirus.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that includes the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS.
Coronaviruses have important human and animal pathogens symptoms include fever coughing and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available there is no specific treatment or cure for the virus. Patients are given supportive care for their symptoms.
How to reduce your risk from this highly infectious disease?
World Health Organization recommends the following precautions for coronavirus.
- Regularly clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue paper or flexed elbow And throw tissue paper into a closed bin after use.
- Clean hands after coughing or sneezing and wear a mask.
- Masks should not be touched or handled during use, if the mask gets wet or dirty with secretions, it must be changed immediately.
- Discard the mask after use and perform hand hygiene after removal of the mask.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms some patients may already be harboring the virus and still have no symptoms.
- thoroughly cook meat and eggs, avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals, avoid contact with stray animals waste and fluids when shopping in a wet market.
- wash hands regularly
- special care is to be taken when caring for the sick,
- Before, during and after you prepare food.
- before having your food
- after toilet use
- after handling animals or animal waste
Coronavirus tips are the easiest one to follow. The most important thing you can do is to protect yourself, your family members, friends, and society as a whole from this highly infectious disease.
- Practice physical distancing, proper hygiene, and special care for elders and children and wash your hands with soap frequently. If you must go out, wear a mask.
- Stay virtually connected to your friends, and others to manage your care.
- If anyone has potentially life-threatening symptoms do not hesitate to call medical emergency should of course seek medical attention.
- Be very clear about these coronavirus tips, and make sure to share these tips with your family and friends.
(Some potentially life-threatening symptoms for which you should call MR are a high fever, extreme shortness of breath, respiratory distress, a bone fracture, head injury, unexplained intense pain, and symptoms associated with a stroke or heart attack or any other medical condition which warrant immediate medical attention).
Be prepared be protected:
Be prepared be protected; if you are prepared and informed , then there is a very high probability that you can help not only yourself but others too. If you suspect yourself or someone else to be infected and need to be tested, get a referral.
- Call up the hospital, get an immediate appointment to get screened and if needed, be tested.
- Understand that hospitals are limiting to reduce the spread of the virus, but it is always open for emergencies and tele-medicine services.
- Keep all these hospital telephone numbers handy, and be clear about the action to be taken in case of an emergency. The mantra is “be prepared be protected”
If you have fever cough and difficulty breathing:
- seek medical care early and religiously follow the coronavirus tips provided above
- share previous travel history with your doctor
- avoid public transportation
- If you are sick and are going to the hospital to avoid travel through public transport, seek advice from the medical department regarding the mode of transport to be used. Based on the symptoms they may provide an ambulance
- avoid spitting in public
- practice food safety
- sick animals and animals that have died of diseases should not be eaten
- infants elderly people with other medical problems such as diabetes heart disease chronic lung disease have a higher risk of getting infected with this highly infectious disease
(For informational purpose only. Consult your local medical authority for advice. )