The lives of the entire humankind took a plunge after the outbreak of the Coronavirus and its unpredictable speed of the transmission. The COVID-19 first originated from a food market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and spread fast enough, leaving nations together at the toss.
The virus quickly took headlines after its fast spread and people across the world have already quarantined themselves, to stay safe from the virus attack. Read further to extract the complete picture about this deadly virus, its symptoms and precautions to combat it.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that affect birds and mammals causing diseases. The disease causes the common cold and respiratory illness in humans. COVID-19 is the severe stage of the Coronavirus disease that is dangerous and deadly in humans.
Symptoms: Symptoms usually develop 2-14 days after the person is exposed to the virus. Symptoms like fever, tiredness and dry cough can be counted as the most common Corona symptoms. In severe cases, tiredness and difficulty in breathing can be seen. Experts are yet to find out the full corona symptoms in humans.
How Does It Spread?
When an infected person coughs or sneezes, a normal person can get infected through those sneeze/cough droplets. Sometimes these droplets can land on surfaces and when someone touches those surfaces, the virus can be spread.
Who Are More Affected? Here is the list of people who are more prone to this pandemic:
- Older people (Above 60 years)
- People who already have severe medical conditions: Heart/lung, Kidney or Diabetes/BP.
- People with lower immune resistance
- And any other individual who gets in contact with the virus
Precautions To Combat The Virus
Washing your hands frequently and not touching your eyes, mouth and nose with un-sanitised hands and avoiding any close contact with people who are affected with the virus is the major way to stay away from the virus attack. Staying isolated at home and trying not to present you at crowded places, maintaining hygienic conditions at home and to self are few other measures.
Emergency Warning Signs Also Include
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
- High and persistent fever
Call for medical help in case you experience these above-mentioned warning signs.
Symptom Check: Corona Virus vs Common Flu.
The symptoms with the virus and the common flu sound similar but that shouldn’t make you confused about the COVID-19 pandemic. Common flu symptoms include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches
When Should You Test For COVID-19?
When you have travelled to areas at risk of Coronavirus, when you have been in close contact with anyone affected with the virus, you should be calling for help and get tested for COVID-19. When you find difficulty in breathing, when you are experiencing the emergency warning signs of the virus, seek medical help immediately and get tested for COVID-19.
Who Should Be Tested?
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home. Anyone with the above- mentioned emergency illness signs and anyone who is evident of contact with the virus-infected person needs to be tested.
CoronaVirus Vaccine: The vaccination for this pandemic is still under trails.
Foods To Boost Immunity
The food we take plays a major role in determining our health condition. Foods that boost our immunity levels are the best foods one can rely on during this pandemic. One can check for any vitamin deficiency and start taking the relevant supplements to stay immune and beat the virus from attacking.
Foods that are bright in colour, like pomegranate, muskmelon, watermelon, mangoes and pulses and brown rice, are known for their immunity-boosting components and hence regular addition of these into our diet can help maintain good immunity levels.
While personal hygiene and foods play a major role in developing a good immune system, supplements can only add to that balance but not increase immunity all of a sudden. Sunlight plays a prominent role in developing resistance and proves to be the need of the hour.
Mental Health During This Pandemic
Constantly pressuring the mind on the same situation/topic can be decreasing your immune levels, experts say. The pandemic condition is causing so much panic in people and slowly everyone began thinking more about the virus and its fear of attack. This is making our mind more stressed leading ourselves into situations of anxiety and tension.
The more the pressure and stress, the less the immunity levels! Hence one must understand about the virus only to stay updated rather than fearing the attack. Constantly sticking to the updates on the virus and mentally pressuring the brain on the fear of being attack is only making the situation worse- you are losing your immunity levels.
What to do during this Pandemic
Diverting the mind on things that create positive vibrations and spending the self-quarantine period productively are few ways to stay mentally healthy and fight the virus attack, experts’ advice.
This pandemic is unexpected. Single, yet together we all can fight this positively. Maintaining 1-3 meter distance while in crowded areas, strictly following the lockdown imposed by the governments, checking for symptoms if any, eating foods that boosts the immunity, productively using the quarantine period and spending time to positively fight the virus are few ways to combat the virus.
Though the symptoms of COVID-19 sound similar to that of the common flu, correct understanding about the virus can help individuals save themselves and the nation at the earliest. It all starts when we understand how the virus is spread and stay together in helping each other and the nation from the virus attack.
Important Note: Check for symptoms like persistent fever, dry cough and difficulty in breathing. Even before you call an emergency, kindly isolate yourself from any other from spreading the virus. Coronavirus isolation precautions play a major role in further spreading the virus. Positively we all as individuals can fight this pandemic together. Let’s stay healthy and positive and combat the deathly Coronavirus.