CORONA: A Virus Which Halted The World
Corona or Covid 19 virus is, most talked and most feared topic of discussion now a days.
It is declared as Pandemic by WHO and it is causing thousands of deaths all over the world and Complete Lockdown in most of the parts.
What is Covid 19 OR Corona Virus ;
Corona virus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered corona virus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
How To Stay Safe ;
• Wash your hands frequently :Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
• Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Because, When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth : Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
•Practice respiratory hygiene : Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Because, Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
• If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early : Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Because , National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
• Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Effect of Corona worldwide :
The confirmed number of cases worldwide continued to grow on Tuesday, nearing 800,000. In the United States, now the epicenter of the crisis, there were more than 160,000 cases, almost double those announced by China, where the outbreak began. The U.S. death toll neared 3,000, similar to the number killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The death toll from the corona virus pandemic in Italy rose by 812 to 11,591, while the total number of infections surged past 100,000 with 4,050 new cases reported.
More than 800 people died in Spain over the last 24 hours – reaching 7,340 – while Iran’s deaths went up by 117 to 2,757.
India reported the biggest single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases at 200 as the total tally of confirmed novel corona virus cases crossed 1,300. Meanwhile, the death toll due to the deadly virus has jumped to 32. Whilst, the Union Health Ministry has said that the novel corona virus is in the local transmission phase in India and has not yet reached the community transmission stage.
India could face between 100,000 to 13 lakh confirmed cases of the novel corona virus by mid-May if the current trend in the growing number of COVID-19 cases continues, according to a report by an international team of scientists.
The report, compiled by COV-IND-19 Study Group, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, said while India seems to have done well in controlling the number of confirmed cases compared to other countries like the US and Italy in the early phase of the pandemic, the country is critically missing a key component in this assessment — the number of truly affected cases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday a total lock down for 1.3 billion people in India for 21 days, warning that the nation may go back by 21 years and many families could be devastated if we don’t abide by the lock down rules.
So Stay safe , Stay at Home !!
Countries with the highest confirmed cases
> United States: 1,64,610 cases (includes recoveries and deaths)
> Italy: 1,01,739 cases
> Spain: 87,956 cases
> China: 82,240 cases
> Germany: 66,885 cases
> France: 45,170 cases
> Iran: 41,495 cases
> United Kingdom: 22,454 cases
> Switzerland: 15,922 cases
> Belgium: 11,899 cases