COVID 19 – A deadly disease caused by novel Coronavirus has affected 162 countries and territories across the world.
The facts and figures are changing rapidly and reportedly, Liberia, Africa is the latest country to have been affected. There are close to 14,000 new confirmed infections with 114 total cases and 3 deaths in India alone.
Kolkata is the latest Indian city to have been affected by COVID 19. A man, who recently returned from England has tested positive and is now admitted to a hospital – making it the latest Indian State to fall prey to this menace.
(Live Statistics – Courtesy: Worldometer)
Background – Know your enemy
Official COVID 19 Prevention Guidelines
(Courtesy: Alfaisal University)
(Courtesy : WHO & NCDC.GOV.NG)
(Courtesy: Deccan Herald)
(Courtesy: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India)
What are the most common symptoms of COVID 19 infection?
Fever, tiredness, and DRY COUGH (NOT WET COUGH) are the most common symptoms. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea and sometimes pneumonia. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t even feel sick, which is a big cause for concern.
Is the virus heat resistant?
GOOD NEWS – IT IS NOT! Unlike other SARS virus strains, this Coronavirus dies when exposed to about 25-30°C. So properly cooked food and heat-disinfected clothes should stand you in good stead.
How is the virus getting transmitted?
In most cases – People to People, either directly or indirectly. Saliva, bodily fluids, mucous – you get the drift.
Will I contract Coronavirus from consuming meat?
Uncooked and directly contaminated meat can be dangerous. Although 165 degrees is universally considered to be a ‘safe cooking temperature’, it is not necessary for all types of ingredients.
Will I die if I contract the virus?
Mostly, NO! The virus affects the respiratory systems of healthy people, but those are largely treatable. It becomes fatal when aged people having previous medical conditions like lung and heart ailments, diabetes, etc. contract the virus. So elderly people must take the strictest precautions to defeat this pandemic.
Do antibiotics work against coronavirus?
Nope. Antibiotics work only against bacteria, they are useless against viruses.
Have any vaccines or effective medicines developed to combat COVID 19 yet?
Unfortunately, nothing to date. But WHO has informed us that a proper vaccine should be ready within 15-18 months. We sincerely hope things do not get further out of hand by then.
Should I reject incoming parcels from COVID 19 affected areas, say China?
According to scientists, the virus cannot live outside of a living body for long, as it requires a host for survival and reproduction. A parcel transported long distances, most probably having been exposed to varying temperature and humidity conditions in the process have a very low probability of infecting you.
WRAPPING UP WITH A MASSIVE SUCCESS STORY
So after all that gloominess, finally something to smile at! Here’s a success story for all of you to take inspiration from. YES, COVID 19 MIGHT BE DEADLY FOR THE TIME BEING BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NOT INVINCIBLE!
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