Better safe than sorry—COVID-19

All the information you need about coronavirus:

Coronavirus started in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province of China and the largest and most populated city in central China. According to the 2018 census, the city is home to 11.08 million people. Today coronavirus spread and continues to spread to all parts of the world, infecting people and taking lives. The UN estimates the world economic loss to rise to $2 trillion due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a global recession.

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that belongs to a family of viruses infecting both animals and humans. It causes a respiratory infection and common cold, just like other respiratory viruses, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). People typically do not exhibit symptoms within the first 24 hours of exposure to the virus. The incubation period lasts from 2 - 14 days on average. 


Coronavirus symptoms are just like that of the common cold. The patient may have a fever, tiredness accompanied by a dry cough. Some people infected by coronavirus also reported to complain about pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. These symptoms develop gradually and, in some cases, not at all. Some patients do not feel unwell. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 80% of the people infected with COVID-19 recover without any treatment. Only 1 out of 6 people show symptoms of severe illness and have trouble breathing. People who are already undergoing some medical treatment and are suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, or those above a certain age are at a high risk of being infected. 

So, how do we save ourselves from this pandemic? The answer is merely following some fundamental steps, like washing your hands and keeping your environment clean and, of course, to observe Social distancing. Let us look at the precautionary measures in detail.

  • Wash your hands:

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap. Coronavirus is not an airborne disease. It spreads with contact. Whenever we touch something, there is an excellent chance of being infected. 

  • Do not shake hands:

Shaking hands when greeting someone is culturally the most common practice in the world. It is better not to shake hands when greeting people, go for a simple hello or an elbow touch instead. This virus spreads with contact. We never know if someone is carrying the virus or not.

  • Use Sanitizer and Disinfectants:

Use sanitizer often after touching anything and disinfect your living space. Notably, the things you readily touch, like doorknobs, faucets, and switchboards. Even keep your cell phone clean with some anti-bacterial cleaning wipe. 

  • Do not touch your face:

Subconsciously, now and then, we touch our faces. Which is one of the easiest ways to get infected? When we touch our faces, we allow the virus to enter our body through our nose, mouth, and eyes. 

  • Wear a mask:

When stepping out, remember to wear a mask and gloves to cover the exposed areas. This way, you are less likely to be attacked by the coronavirus. Masking will not only protect you from others but will also protect others from you (in case you are the carrier). Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. 

  • Observe Social Distancing:

Since there is no vaccine for this virus yet, the only way to prevent and minimize its effect is by socially isolating yourself. Distance yourself from others. Avoid going outside unnecessarily. 

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