Do’s & Don’t to prevent #SARSCoV-2.
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We all are facing an emerging epidemic of the “Novel Corona Virus (SARS CoV-2)” worldwide. It’s a dangerous situation which we all have to control in time else it’ll spread beyond the measures of our hand. Let me share a few facts on Coronavirus and why is it dangerous.
WHO has declared Coronavirus outbreak a Medical Emergency.
The origin of the epidemic is traced to Wuhan, China. Till date 9800 confirmed cases are there out of which 98 are in 18 countries outside China. 213 reported death have been confirmed yet.
India’s first documented case in Kerela
China has immediately taken action to control the situation. China documented the first case on 30th Dec 2019.
- Devoted hospitals for the outbreak
- Declared holidays
- Closed the borders
- Closed animal markets
- Medical clearance before immigration & Emigration.
What is Corona Virus?
Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving virus that causes rapidly spreading respiratory tract infections. It belongs to the family (Coronaviridae) of culprit virus that caused MERS(Middle East respiratory Syndrome) & SARS (Severe acute respiratory infection). It’ a Zoonotic Virus i.e. it can transmit between Animals & Humans.
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What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms might be very mild or severe varying on the immunity of the person.
The incubation period of the virus is 2-14 days.
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulty
- Feeling unwell
Why is it dangerous?
It can cause severe complications which are worst with comorbidities like Diabetes, Renal Diseases, Immunocompromised conditions:
- Severe respiratory failure
- Kidney failure
Visit the doctor as soon as you encounter any of the symptoms or you’ve come in contact with a sick person.
No vaccine is yet available
There’s no cure, only supportive treatment.
Supportive Symptomatic treatment is available but no cure is available for the disease. The vaccine is not yet manufactured but work is under process.
In this case, precaution is better than cure literally for the betterment of self and others.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer
- Cover mouth & nose during sneezing
- do not touch nose, eyes or mouth without cleaning hands
- Use masks (N95/ N100) if visiting an infected patient or treating them.
- Avoid close contact with people showing symptoms
- Avoid close animal contact
- Visit a doctor as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms
Investigations available for diagnosis:
- Nasopharyngeal/ oral swab
- Bronchoalveolar lavage
- Tracheal aspirate
- RT-PCR for Virus
Till date, India has fared well despite the proximity with China. I hope that India prevails well, 1st case has been detected in Kerela and is in isolation. The patient is student of Wuhan University, China & is presently stable and doing well.
India is evacuating 300 students from Wuhan. they’ll be kept in isolation till cleared.
Precautionary Steps taken by India:
- Fever scanners on major international Airport
- Screening of passengers
- Isolation Facilities opened near Airport in Manesar (Haryana)
- Nearest Testing Centers: AIIMS, RML, LHMC, DDUH.
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Be Healthy, Be Aware
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