There is a growing concern and perceived threat about the COVID-19 & Coronavirus among common citizens. The population of all ages is making use of available media such as newspapers, health blogs, social media and television to make themselves aware.
Here comes the TNH Post to make our TNH Readers aware of the threat of Coronavirus and clear some of the doubts on how to remain safe through simple precautionary steps.
This post may prove beneficial in developing reader awareness about prevention by defeating corona and other infectious germs.
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BASIC INFO YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
This simple questionnaire may help TNH readers to get basic awareness of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 disease prevention strategy to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is a pandemic?
A pandemic is the world wide spread of a new disease for which people do not have immunity. SARS-COV2 is the new strain of coronavirus whose exact cure is still unknown that’s why World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as pandemic.
What is our basic prevention strategy?
For COVID-19, we should follow simple steps to remain safe that we usually follow to prevent from infectious disease such as common cold and flu.
What are the common ways through which Coronavirus spreads?
- Through small germs such as virus.
- Going in crowded places.
- Coming in direct contact with infected person.
- If sick and not following Doctor’s advice.
Why should we avoid touching unknown place’s surfaces?
Coronavirus spreads through the droplet of infected person’s cough and sneeze. That’s why we should also avoid touching the surfaces as Coronavirus can also stay there.
What surfaces should we avoid touching?
One should avoid touching surfaces such as elevator buttons, public places seats, door knobs at public places, bus and train handles.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are just like an influenza but with higher intensity:
- Cough and cold
- Dry cough
- Breathing problem
- High fever
What is the need of quarantine and how it works?
To stop person to person transmission, we need to break the chain of spread of this infection.
As we know that COVID-19 spread from person to person and through the touch of common surfaces. If a person is coming after travel from an infected area, we do not know that he/she has infection or not.
The government health facilities keep such person under observation for two weeks to check if he/she has infection or show the symptoms of disease.
If he/she develops the symptoms, can be isolated at the earliest, for medical care. If he/she does not show the symptoms, will be free to go home.
What is Isolation?
- Isolation is meant for people who are sick.
- Isolation separates people who are sick from those who are not sick.
- Isolation allows for appropriate treatment in a hospital setting.
- Isolation requires proper infection control and sterilization measures.
What is Quarantine?
- Quarantine is meant for people who were exposed but are not sick.
- Quarantine applies to people who may or may not become sick.
- Quarantine may require people to remain in a designated location, like their home, for up to 14 or more days according to the instructions of government health ministry in accordance with WHO recommendations.
- During quarantine, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like N95 masks is not required for contact with people who are not ill.
What is home quarantine?
- A quarantined person should stay in a well-ventilated room with an attached toilet.
- A quarantined person needs to stay away from elderly people, pregnant women and children.
- A quarantined person should restrict his/her movement within the house.
- Under no circumstances, attend any social/ religious gathering.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based sanitizer. While washing hands, also make sure you sanitize the tap too.
- If symptoms appear, one should immediately inform the nearest health centre.
If someone has Coronavirus symptoms, then to whom one should contact?
You can call the family physician. There is also a helpline phone number where one can contact.
The Government of India has a Coronavirus helpline number:
email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
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