Although we are not medical professionals, and our websites focus on hair care and more, this topic cannot be ignored. Today, each one is talking about the infamously famous Corona Virus. Thankfully, the risk in India is minimum if precautions are taken at the right time.
Corona Virus in India – As on 21st March 2020
This blog is not to scare you, but to give you an update of the number of positive cases in the country. The figures may not seem alarming now, but it is important for us to understand the seriousness of the case.
- Kerala – 40
- Uttar Pradesh – 24
- West Bengal – 02
- Telangana – 19
- Karnataka – 15
- Ladakh – 10
- Rajasthan – 15
- Punjab – 02
- Orissa – 02
- Madhya Pradesh – 04
- Tamil Nadu – 03
- Gujarat – 07
The major metro cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Chennai have also seen a sudden rise in the number of cases. Although the situation is still under control and is still in the stage 2 level, the government is pleading its citizens to stay indoors as soon as possible. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the public to observe ‘Janata Curfew’ on 22nd March 2020 from 07:00 am to 09:00 pm. The motive behind this curfew is to make people stay at home, so that wherever the virus is, it may succumb a natural death.
There are millions and millions of viruses in the animal world. Most of them have still not entered human beings. This one found its way from Wuhan, China. The cause of the rapid spread of Corona still seems to be unknown. Some sources claim it was because of the live food market in China that made this outbreak. Initially, we were made to believe that it was because of a lady enjoying bat soup that spread the virus. However, after some point of time, there were allegations stating Chinese government was busy creating a bio-weapon. Something went wrong during the research phase that lead to many people’s death.
It is hard to believe any information on Corona Virus, unless it is from World Health Organization (WHO). This pandemic has affected each and every profession globally. Although world-wide doctors have announced that we need not panic, looking at the number of fatalities there is surely worldly tension aroused all around. One good news is that the fatality rate is about 2 to 3%. Also, 85% of the affected people are senior citizens above the age of 65, who are already suffering from hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, and other problems. These people have a low immune system, which is why it is difficult to treat them.
How to Stay Away from Corona Virus?
Covid 19 or Novel Corona Virus as it is popularly called has the tendency of spreading at a rapid rate. It spreads through droplets from a sick person to a healthy person. Any person sneezing or coughing can be infected with this virus. There are several recommendations prescribed by the WHO stating on measures to prevent corona virus. Some of them include:
Wash your hands frequently
All of us might have heard this pretty often. Each and everybody asks us to wash our hands. We tend to come in contact with a lot of things during our daily routine. This virus being a droplet infection, spreads when we touch our eyes, face, nose and mouth. The virus enters the human body making us very sick. Therefore, it is a good practice to wash our hands using soap and water as frequently as possible. If we are at places where it is not possible to find soap and water, we must use alcohol based hand sanitizers. They kill the germs immediately. It is recommended to use sanitizers when we are outside our homes, else use a good soap when we are indoors.
Use a face mask
Although it is not mandatory to use a facemask, we need to understand who requires a face mask and how to use the same. Medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and others working in a hospital use medical masks to protect themselves from getting affected. Others who have a mild cough or cold can use a face mask so that they don’t spread the flu. However, if you are a healthy human being and do not suffer from any illness, you do not need a mask. Also, one needs to understand that masks have to be cleaned after evert 6 hours of use. Do not touch the mask from the front, instead just hold the side strings to wear and remove the mask. Holding the mask from the front increases the changes of contaminating it completely.
Stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel
It has been proved that Corona Virus spreads at crowded places such as railway stations, airports, malls, theatres, etc. These are the most dangerous places to venture today. The best option is to stay indoors and stay healthy. Doctors at WHO claim that when you don’t come in contact with the virus for more than 12 to 24 hours, the virus automatically dies a natural death. The public at large is requested to work from home and stay at home as much as possible to avoid coming in contact with the infection.
Do not spread misinformation
This is the time when false information can spread like wild fire. Do not trust misleading WhatsApp claims, Facebook posts or other forwarded information. For doubts, please get in touch with your family doctor or read online on the website of World Health Organization (WHO).
Participate in all government’s initiatives to combat this disease
The government has pleaded to its citizens not to create unnecessary pressure on the system. All initiatives such as Janata Curfew announced by the Prime Minister is in the interest of the common man. This is the time to unite and fight against deadly Corona Virus. The world is one family. Let us pledge to stay indoors, protect oneself and others and join hands to fight this disease. We must learn from examples of Italy and China and act today. Remember there will be more number of Corona positive cases if we do not take care at the right time.
More information on Corona Virus:
- Coronavirus: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
- Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
We sincerely hope the spread of this disease comes under control and more and more people across the world are cured at the earliest. Some right precautions, like taking care of basic hygiene will surely lead us to survival. At this point in time when there is a global lock down in many cities in India, we must take this positively. This is the time when we can spend some quality time with parents, spouse, children and family members. Let us make the most of this time that we have got. Let us join hands in uplifting humanity. There is nothing more important in life than health. Together we must stand to fight this virus and emerge and winners at the end. Looking forward to seeking all your support and co-operation for the same.