Coronavirus Covid -19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. This virus can spread from person to person. The new virus is dangerous and so far, 20 percent of the confirmed cases have been severe or critical. This is much lower than fatality rates for Mers and Sars.
Governments around the globe have been working to stop the community spread. The spread of this new Coronavirus is being monitored by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and health organizations like Johns Hopkins across the globe. On January 30th, the World Health Organization declared the Covid- 19 outbreak a public health emergency. It is now a pandemic.
The incubation period of the Covid-19 is up to 14 days. It appears that the symptoms are showing up in people within 14 days of exposure to the virus.
So, what are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Cough, fever, shortness of breath and in rare cases, Covid-19 can lead to severe respiratory problems.
If you have fever, or any of the above symptoms, call your doctor or a health care provider and explain the symptoms over the phone before going to the doctor, hospital or emergency care services.
Anyone with a travel history in the last 14 days, particularly to the countries affected by Covid-19, must tell the authorities about the same.
We as a community can work together to stop the spread of Coronavirus by just following some of these steps.
- Wash your hands with soap often – atleast 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with people who may display the symptoms.
- Practice social distancing.
- Avoid social activities, such as going to the theatre, restaurants, pubs, events, and gathering in large groups.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family.