IT’S QUARANTINE TIME

With more than 340 thousand of coronavirus cases, this global pandemic has spread to 192 countries around the world. Although the mortality rate is still under 5% of the total cases, the rate is increasing gradually.

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Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object
that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Corona virus disease 2019 known as COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2(SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified
in 2019 in Wuhan,Central China, and has since spread globally, resulting in 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
The common symptoms include –
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
Whereas –
• Muscle pain
• Sputum(mucus) production
• Sore throat
are less common symptoms.

The virus first infects the cells lining your throat, airways and lungs.

A major cause of this fast spreading of the virus is having less knowledge about the virus and people believing in myths.
Some of the myths and answer to them –
> The COVID-19 dies out in hot and humid areas
A: The new coronavirus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.
> Very cold weather kills the virus
A: No evidence shows that cold weather or snow kills the coronavirus.

>Taking hot/cold bath prevent COVID-19
A: Extreme hot/cold water will only damage your skin but your body temperature will still remain around 36.5°C – 37°C.
> Eating garlic help prevent the coronavirus
A: Garlic is a healthy food with some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

Since no vaccine to cure COVID-19, the only way to fight this pandemic is prevention. A key part of managing the COVID-19 pandemic is trying to decrease the epidemic
peak, known as flattening the epidemic curve through various measures for reducing the rate of new infections.
Slowing the rate of new infections will help to decrease the risk of health services getting overwhelmed which will allow better treatment for current cases and provide
more time to develop a cure.
World Health Organization(WHO) delivers these preventive measures to fight against COVID-19 –
# Stay at home if not necessarily needed to go outside, and use face-masks and take other protective measures to save yourself and others around you from the virus.
# Wash your hands frequently with soap or clean with alcohol-based hand-rub.

Wash your hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds.

# Maintain at least 1 meter(3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
# Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands to prevent the transfer of virus. Once contaminated, the virus can transfer to eyes, nose or mouth and from
there the virus can enter the body.
# Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the used tissue immediately.
# If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and stay inside home.
#Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-
19.
#To get facts, news and updates about the new coronavirus, only follow facts from the official website of WHO.

 

Using of face masks

Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators(N95) can protect health care workers while taking care of infected patients.
For general public without respiratory illness, wearing disposable surgical masks is not recommended as they do not fit properly and they might allow infected droplets
to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. People with respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others.
• Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
• Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
• Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
• Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
• Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
• Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
• To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and
water.

Flattening the curve:
Flattening the coronavirus pandemic curve

The term refers to a curve in a chart that shows when a surge of new coronavirus cases are expected to strike and illustrates why slowing the spread of the infection is nearly as important as stopping it.The high curve shows a peak indicating a wave of coronavirus outbreak in the near term which would overwhelm the healthcare system. The other has a flatter slope, indicating a more gradual rate of infection over a longer period of time providing more time to find a cure.

 

Stay at home

To slow down the virus spreading, stay at home and protect others. Staying at home means you should –
• not go to work, school or public areas
• not use public transport or taxis
• not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
• not going on a trip with your friends or family

 

Quarantined patients:

When you’re handing stuff to the patients under quarantine, wear gloves and masks and dispose of them after use. Always keep soaps, sanitizers and medicines near or
available to the quarantined patient.

Many governments has ordered home quarantine for people coming home from foreign countries to ensure no local citizen gets infected. Though home quarantine can
get really boring, to help the world recover quickly from this pandemic, please follow the rules of home quarantine and do not go outside.

Few interesting things to do
while in quarantine –
• Do what you enjoy; such as your hobbies, your passion etc.
• Do something you always wanted to do but never got the time.
• Watch movies, TV series’s online.
• Play video games.
• Learn something new.
• Stay productive.

More than 99,000 people have recovered/discharged and around 95% of the active cases are only in mild condition from COVID-19! Fighting this pandemic is still possible if we take proper decisions and raise awareness among people.
So, for the time being, lets all apply “united we stand, divided we fall”  figuratively and “united we fall, divided we stand”  literally.
[sources: Wikipedia , WHO]

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