We all started the year 2020 with a lot of hopes and dreams. But since the end of 2019, China has been facing an infectious disease caused by a virus called Coronavirus (COVID-19). As soon as the New Year began, the world started feeling the heat of the tragedy, and today, the World Health Organization has announced COVID-19 a pandemic. It is because of its nature to spread rapidly that has caused so much of fear and tragedy among the people. No one would have thought that we would face such a situation that threatens human existence in such a measure. This COVID-19 article describes the various signs, symptoms, treatment, and precaution during this disastrous pandemic.
What exactly is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory condition that is spread through a newly discovered virus called coronavirus. Generally, people who have pre-existing or underlying health conditions catch the virus faster than healthier people. Most infected people recover without needing a particular medication. However, the situation can worsen if your immune system is low, and you have existing sicknesses such as diabetes, chronic respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, or cancer. In such scenarios, the virus tends to worsen in your body, and the situation can even become fatal and deadly.
As per the ongoing situation, the worse side is heavy on elderly people, especially the ones with existing health issues and low immune systems. However, it is possible that young people and children also get it, but it is very rare that these cases are fatal. More than 80% of people recover without special medication. The rest of the cases are mostly due to existing respiratory illnesses or other sicknesses that have already lowered the immune system.
How would you come to know if you have contracted COVID-19?
As scary as it sounds, it could be you, your family, or a stranger that you meet that can carry the virus. Coronavirus does not look at your race, age, color, or background. If your immune system low and you are not careful, the chances of you catching the virus are high. COVID-19 affects different to different people based on their health situation. Most of the infected people develop only mild and moderate signs and symptoms.
Common symptoms of coronavirus include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These signs do not show up within the first 14 days after you contract the virus. If you have these signs and symptoms, the chances are that you have caught the virus two weeks ago. When symptoms start to show up, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Fatal cases develop other symptoms, too, such as sore throat, aches and pains, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, and runny nose. People with mild signs who are otherwise healthy should not worry about being seriously ill. But it is crucial that you seek medical attention as soon as symptoms show up because the current situation of the world cannot afford to let a dry cough pass by without checking.
Tips and instructions to stay safe
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Prevention is better than cure. As human beings, none of us want to be infected with COVID-19. We also do not want our loved ones to go through this disastrous virus. First off, it is essential that we are aware of the situation at stake and act accordingly. All of us are responsible for the hope of seeing a better tomorrow. The entire world is paralyzed, governments are paused, and industries are being held due to COVID-19. In a situation where the whole world stands still, we all have our part to play and combat this virus. Here are some of the tips and instructions you can follow to stay away from catching coronavirus.
Washing hands is one of the first instructions we received in school. Today, it has become one of the instructions from the World Health Organization to prevent coronavirus. The virus dies when contacted with soap, alcohol, and heat. That is why it is advisable to wash your hands using soap and warm water. You can also clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub that has more than 60% alcohol in the gel.
Another effective way of slowing down the transmission of COVID-19 is staying away and staying home. Stay at your residences as much as you can, without going out, unless for an emergency. Even if you do not face any signs, stay at home, so you do not catch it from an infected person. We have to stop being close to people as the World Health Organization says. If you maintain a distance of at least a meter, it is safe for both parties. This is called social distancing and self-isolation. In this way, an uninfected person can stay safe, and an infected person can stay without spreading the virus.
A few more important tips
Refrain from smoking and other habits that weaken the lungs because coronavirus is also known as severe acute respiratory syndrome. The first thing it hits is your lungs and respiratory system. Therefore, refrain from activities and habits that weaken your lungs and immune system.
An update on the current scenario in the world
As of 01st April 2020, nearly a million coronavirus cases have been identified worldwide. With almost 50,000 deaths, it has become a terror to many countries. But the good news is, more than 200,000 people are fully recovered, and we can clearly see that there is a high chance of a person recovering unless he or she is facing a respiratory problem already.
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Likewise, the Director-General of the World Health Organization continues to be in touch with the authorities of the affected countries to ensure maximum safety regulations. COVID-19 started with Wuhan, China, and continued to spread all across the world. However, as of now, the United States has exceeded China by the number of coronavirus cases and has become the most infected nation. Their total infected cases have crossed 215,000. But the death toll hit the hardest in Italy, killing more than 13,000 people from COVID-19. The United States is followed by Italy, Spain, Germany, and China as of 01st April 2020.
Medication for COVID-19
There is no special medication for coronavirus. No medical faculty or institution has been able to find a special cure for this yet. However, general antibiotics and breathing aids are lifesavers now. In mild and moderate cases, the best thing to do is to isolate and rest well. Drinking enough liquids, especially hot ones, help too. Keeping clean and getting enough sleep with some antibiotics, prescribed from the hospital is sufficient in most cases. When the situations worsen, these practices do not respond, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties arise. It is when breathing aids and other supporting methods come to play.
Most of the moderate cases are also worsening because of a lack of medical facilities in countries. In many states, the number of infected cases has surpassed the capacity of medical facilities. Countries are finding it challenging to accommodate patients and treat them on time, thus resulting in deaths and fatal cases. Therefore, the best way is to prevent the virus by harkening to the instructions given by your local authorities.
Final thoughts: COVID-19 is more than what your eyes can see
COVID-19 is a microscopic virus that has infected more than 85% of the countries in the world. The virus has been in the air for almost four months now, and more than 50,000 people have already died of the virus. As sad as it is, we all have to take the situation seriously as human beings. Individually, each and everyone are responsible for preventing the virus. There is no point in medical facilities working day and night if you are not careful. Even if you do not have any Coronavirus signs, you have to listen to the tips and instructions given by the World Health Organization and your local authorities. In that way, we can slow down the spreading of the virus.
Since its beginning, people have been trying to find a cure for the disease, and it is yet to come. Therefore, as human beings who are responsible for ourselves and our loved ones, we have to adhere to every guideline given to us and stay safe as much as we can. Day by day, the economies of the countries are dropping down. Food supply is almost stopped in many industries, and in the days to come, we ought to be prepared. Hoping this COVID-19 article was fruitful for you, we can eliminate the virus by staying safe.