Unity against COVID-19- current situation of
Wednesday | April 29, 2020
corona in India and how to stay safe
After the first case of Coronavirus COVID-19 arose in China in November 2019, it became a pandemic affecting 210 countries and regions around the world. The United States, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany are the top five countries, badly in the jaws of coronavirus from other countries in the world.
Total cases in coronavirus in the world are 2,483,111 while 652511 are recovered, and 170498 died.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 or novel coronavirus is caused by coronavirus newly discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19
Fever, tiredness, and dry cough along with aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea in some patients are the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Some people may also by asymptomatic hence showing no symptoms. Though the recovery rate of the disease is about 80%, there is a probability of 1 out of 6 infected people requiring the hospitalization due to development of serious illness. People with pre existing health problems like heart disease, blood pressure are more prone to fall severely ill due to COVID-19 along with older people.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The disease is mainly spread via droplets that are spread when someone coughs or exhales. These may reside on the surface of objects and when another person comes in contact with these surfaces, they are likely to be infected on touching their eyes, mouth or nose. Also, breathing of these droplets can result in people being infected. This is the reason behind the guideline issued of maintaining 1meter distance from people also called as social distancing.
Breaking the chain: Follow these precautions:
One should clean your hands regularly with either soap & water or alcohol based sanitizers. This will ensure that the virus doesn’t sustain on your hands and hence you won’t be infected.
Keeping distance of 1meter from people so that you remain safe from catching the virus from someone who is infected.
One should not be touching eyes, nose or mouth to avoid catching virus caught from touching any surface that is infected. Hands can transfer the virus caught by touching any surface came into contact with the infectious droplets.
Cover your mouth while sneezing. It not only protects you from catching the virus, it also protects other from the risk of being infected had you been the one with infection.
If you are not well and have fever, cough or find difficulty in breathing, it is advised that you should stay at home.
Self-isolation is a must if you are not feeling well. If you start showing symptoms like fever or headache, stay at home until you recover.
If you face difficulty in breathing, you should seek medical help. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
You should comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement or large gatherings. This will lead to control in the spread of the virus and ensure that outbreaks are contained and the chain of spread is broken.
Evolution of COVID-19 in India
Since the first case of COVID-19 in India on 30 January 2020, the number has gradually increased to 18,658 today (21-04-2020). Among them, 3273 are recovered while 592 people are dead.
The world applauded India for implementing the biggest lockdown across the globe with 130 billion people abiding by the lockdown implemented by Indian government. Indian government enforced the national lockdown before the situation worsened in the country. Chief Executive Director of WHO, Michael Ryan had proposed that India has immense capacity to deal with this outbreak as opposed to other powerful countries in the world. It has also revealed, the impact of lockdown had slowed down the growth rate of coronavirus in India.
The national lockdown was implemented on 22nd March for 21 days in phase 1 and was extended to 3rd May marking the 2nd phase of the national lockdown. This lockdown is implemented to break the chain and stop the spread of novel coronavirus. With strict monitoring of spread by the government, the curve for coronavirus in India has slowed down.
The united India against coronavirus means all Indians abiding by the guidelines laid down by the government and our honorable PM Narendra Modi Sir to ensure that this disease doesn’t take more lives than it already has. To improve our immunity, we can meditate and do yoga at the safety of our homes. Ministry of AYUSH has laid some guidelines that will boost your immunity. We can together help each other is such times.
Let us all stand together and do our bit to help India win this battle.