COVID-19: Symptoms, Awareness and Protective Measures Against Coronavirus

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  • March 5, 2020
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  • March 5, 2020
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Sajini Annie
Sajini Annie
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A sudden occurrence of Coronavirus has been identified in China which has become a tragic problem for all people around the world. As we care for human beings, here are the tips and tricks to be aware, how to be safe and prevent COVID-19 which will affect you. As we do follow safety and healthy environment, be safe and be healthy. 

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Coronavirus is a highly spreading disease of viruses that was first found on December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is the name of the infectious disease caused by the Coronavirus. 

Coronavirus in dogs, Coronavirus in cats, Coronavirus in humans, and all this news we have been hearing day by day with more death rate. World Health Organization announced Coronavirus as a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020. 

This disease is a huge family of viruses affecting from small cold to more severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). 

Coronaviruses are known a zoonotic which means they are transmitted between animals and people. From detailed research, it has been found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Fever, tiredness, and dry cough are the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Few patients may feel runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, aches or pains, and diarrhea. 

These symptoms begin normally. It has been found that older people with heart problems, blood pressure or diabetes will cause serious illness and can lead to death also.

 Protective measures against Coronavirus

As COVID-19 is affecting most people in China and other countries it is very important to take protective measures against Coronavirus. Do the following things to keep your health safe and protect form Coronavirus.

Clean your hands regularly

Use alcohol-based hand wash to clean your hands or use soap and water. The reason to do this is to kill the viruses that may be on your hands.

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Try to maintain distance from others

If anybody is coughing or sneezing try to keep distance between you and them at least 1 meter (3 feet). Try to use tissues while sneezing and dispose of it immediately. 

Because while someone coughs or sneezes small droplets spray from their mouth or nose which may contain the virus. And if you are too close to them then the droplets including COVID-19 may pass through your breathe if they have this disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

There may be a possibility to pick up the viruses when hands touch many surfaces. And if contaminated then it can pass into your body and can make you sick. 

What if you have a fever or feeling difficulty in breathing?

If you feel unwell or facing any problems with breathing, fever or cough then immediately seek medical attention and try to stay at home and follow the directions of your local health authority. 

Because they will have detailed information and will give you the proper directions and prevent form spreading viruses and other infections.

Common queries and medical information

When should I be tested for COVID-19?
  • If you face a sudden onset of cough or acute respiratory infection and breathing problems. 
  • In the 14 days before starting symptoms if you have traveled to a place where community transmission of COVID-19 is going on or came close in contact with a person having the confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • Or worked in healthcare where COVID-19 patients were treated. 
Should I wear a mask to protect myself from COVID-19?

Wear masks if you are having the symptoms of COVID-19 or caring for someone who is affected by COVID-19. If you are well and not facing the symptoms then no need to wear a mask as there is a shortage of masks and WHO urges people to use masks wisely. 

What should I do if I have the symptoms and also recently traveled from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy or Japan?
  • If you have traveled to these areas and feeling the symptoms then seek medical help at the earliest and tell about the recent travel and your symptoms to the doctor. 
  • Avoid close contact with another person.
  • Not to travel if you are not well.
  • Cover your mouth with a mask or use tissues while sneezing or coughing to avoid the transmission of viruses.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 15-20 seconds.
Does Coronavirus affect only older people or younger people also?

There is no age limit for this disease. People of all ages can affect this disease. There is more possibility to cause severe illness for those people who are facing medical conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart diseases. So it will be better to follow the preventive measures for all age groups.

What should I do if I get unwell in a public place with the symptoms of COVID-19?
  • If you are facing these problems in a public place then suddenly find a room and isolate yourself from others.
  • Avoid touching objects and surfaces as they can pass the virus.
  • And if you are traveling in public transport then go back to home and avoid touching objects as little as possible. 
  • Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to clarify the steps that need to be handled further.

COVID-19: Territories with confirmed cases

The below information had been gathered from worldometers.

TerritoriesTotal cases
Afghanistan170
Albania223
Algeria584
Andorra370
Argentina966
Armenia482
Australia4,514
Austria9,618
Azerbaijan273
Bahrain515
Bangladesh49
Belarus152
Belgium11,899
Bhutan4
Bolivia107
Bosnia and Herzegovina368
Brazil4,661
Brunei127
Bulgaria359
Burkina Faso246
Cambodia107
Cameroon139
Canada7,474
Channel Islands141
Chile2,449
China81,518
Colombia798
Costa Rica330
Croatia790
Cuba170
Cyprus230
Czechia3,001
Denmark2,577
Diamond Princess712
Dominican Republic901
DRC81
Ecuador1,966
Egypt656
Estonia715
Faeroe Islands168
Finland1,352
France44,550
French Guiana43
French Polynesia36
Georgia103
Germany66,885
Ghana152
Gibraltar69
Greece1,212
Guyana8
Honduras141
Hong Kong683
Hungary447
Iceland1,086
India1,251
Indonesia1,414
Iran41,495
Iraq630
Ireland2,910
Israel4,695
Italy101,739
Ivory Coast168
Jamaica36
Japan1,953
Jordan268
Kuwait266
Latvia376
Lebanon446
Liechtenstein62
Lithuania491
Luxembourg1,988
Macao38
Malaysia2,626
Maldives17
Malta156
Martinique93
Mexico1,094
Moldova298
Monaco49
Mongolia12
Morocco556
Nepal5
Netherlands11,750
New Zealand647
Nigeria131
North Macedonia285
Norway4,462
Oman179
Pakistan1,717
Palestine117
Panama1,075
Paraguay65
Peru950
Philippines1,546
Poland2,055
Portugal6,408
Qatar693
Romania2,109
Russia1,836
Réunion224
South Korea9,786
Saint Martin15
San Marino230
Saudi Arabia1,453
Senegal162
Serbia785
Singapore879
Slovakia336
Slovenia756
South Africa1,326
Spain87,956
Sri Lanka122
St. Barth6
St. Vincent Grenadines1
Sweden4,028
Switzerland15,922
Taiwan306
Thailand1,524
Togo30
Trinidad and Tobago85
Tunisia362
Turkey10,827
UAE611
UK22,141
Ukraine548
USA164,253
Vatican City6
Vietnam204

Conclusion

Avoid direct contact with the person those who are showing symptoms from the above-mentioned ones and follow the preventive measures to stay healthy.

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