Important Questions about COVID-19
While COVID-19 has nearly engulfed the entire world, the pandemic is proving to be a serious threat. The highly contagious nature of the virus is proving to be a concern among all. But the bigger concern is lack of knowledge and the panic that is set among people regarding COVID 19
Let’s take you through some facts to understand COVID-19 a little better because being informed is the key to being protected from the infection.
What is COVID-19 or CORONA VIRUS
COVID-19 is an infectious condition, which means it can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. It involves upper respiratory track and exhibits flu-like symptoms with a complication like pneumonia and respiratory failure. The virus came to be known when the first case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019
AM I AT RISK?
While no one is off the radar of COVID-19, but there are a group of people who are more susceptible to infections like elderly people or those who have an underlying heart ailment or diabetes. People who are suffering from any lung disease are also likely to develop complications in case they get infected.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SYMPTOMS TO APPEAR ONCE INFECTED?
The symptoms can appear in as less than 2 days to 14 days from being infected with COVID-19. This is the reason authorities are keeping people returning from affected areas in quarantine for 14 days in order to be sure they are not infected.
ARE ALL THOSE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 LIKELY TO DIE?
This is not at all the case. The recovery rate is much higher than the death rate in COVID-19. More than half of the infected people completely recovered and can continue with their daily life as usual. To be precise COVID 19 is more infectious than fatal
IS THERE TREATMENT AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19?
There is no specific treatment or drug for COVID-19, the treatment is targeted as per the symptoms. There is yet no vaccine developed either for the disease.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT MYSELF?
Taking necessary precautions can help you and your loved ones stay away from infections and the steps are quite simple
- Wash your hands, for at least 20 seconds thoroughly with soap. Make sure to clean every inch of the hand including palms, fingers, web of fingers. Alcohol-based sanitizers and alcohol rubs can also be used in case of unavailability of soap and water.
- Use face masks to prevent any airborne virus to enter your mouth or nose. Avoid touching your face especially eyes and mouth
- Avoid public gatherings as chances of spread is more
- Avoid travelling as much as possible