Coronavirus spreads from one person to another. Anybody who comes as close as 6-feet or less to an infected person is at high risk of getting the virus.
The virus is normally transmitted as respiratory droplets produced during sneezing or coughing. These droplets can easily land on the mouths and noses of other people who are closeby. These droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs which further amplifies the risk factors.
So far it’s believed that the virus spreads primarily through those who are the sickest following exposure to the virus. However, as discussed earlier, at times the symptoms may take time to appear and in this period the virus may transfer, though the chances are very less, from the not yet sick person to a new person.
First and foremost, it is imperative that one maintains good self-hygiene and self-isolation. Across all countries where the disease has appeared, governments have released advisories for social distancing, work from home for employees, the lockdown of areas where the disease has appeared, etc.
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While the best that anybody can do is to strictly adhere to government strategies for curbing the pandemic, they must also follow these protective measures.
Data from Wuhan and other Coronavirus epicenters show that the majority of the Coronavirus patients exhibit low to mild symptoms. Most also recover within a few week’s time. The common symptoms for Coronavirus include:
In more pronounced but fewer cases, patients suffer from an illness like pneumonia, SARS, MERS, and may even face death.
You can get all the updates regardings Coronavirus in India at the official website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Perhaps the only good news in this hour of the global crisis is the fact that the recovery rate is pretty high from Coronavirus. People who have recovered from COVID-19 are unlikely to get reinfected. But this has not been confirmed yet.
Hence people who have recovered from Coronavirus must refrain from social gatherings for a month or so. Self-isolation coupled with regular visits to the doctor to ensure there are no respiratory issues as well as all preventive measures are taken to restore healthy lung functions.
Unlike in January when coronavirus data was limited, today as the pandemic reaches new shores each day, we have data from all over the world that offers insights about the disease.
Precaution is the best defense against coronavirus. Do not ignore symptoms like shortness of breath and call your doctor immediately. But most importantly, show empathy towards those who are already being affected and are being quarantined presently. Stay informed and share verified information with friends and family. Wash your hands regularly, wear a mask when you go out, and encourage everyone else around you to do the same.