Last updated on April 19th, 2020
Coronaviruses (Cov) are a large family of emerging viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019, December and has not been previously identified in humans.
Reported illness has ranged from mild symptoms to severe disease and death for specific coronavirus disease 2019 cases.
Fever, cough and respiratory are the symptoms which may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Facts to combat COVID 19
Here are a few points to help us fight COVID19. These facts are provided by WHO-world health organization.
Q. Only a dry cough is a symptom of COVID-19. If I have a runny nose or sputum, I do not have COVID-19. Is this correct?
Fact: NO, this is not correct. Some patients with COVID-19 do show a runny nose or sputum as symptoms.
Q. Does drinking lots of water every 15 minutes flush out the new coronavirus and protects against COVID-19?
Fact: There is no evidence that is drinking lots of water flushes out the new coronavirus. However, for good health in general, it is recommended that people should have adequate water every day for good health and to prevent dehydration.
Q. Does eating frozen foods and ice-cream spread the new coronavirus?
Fact: There is no scientific evidence that eating hygienically made frozen food and ice-cream spreads the new coronavirus,
Q. Am I likely to get COVID-19 if I swim in a swimming pool?
Fact: Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from all crowded areas, including crowded swimming pools.
Keep 1-meter distance from people who sneeze or cough even in a swimming area.
Q. Does lemon or turmeric prevent COVID-19?
Fact: In general, however, WHO recommends consuming adequate fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet.
Q. Does eating rasam or curry protect from COVID-19?
Fact: There is no scientific evidence that rasam or curry protect from COVID-19.However, to protect yourself, you can wash your hand with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub (sanitizer) regularly. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and then dispose of the tissue safely. Keep 1-meter distance from the person who sneezes or coughs.
Q. Does sunlight kills the new Coronavirus?
Fact: There is no evidence that sunlight kills the new coronavirus.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID 19 if you are sick
If you are infected with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community (According to CDC)
Follow the steps below:
Stay home except to get medical care
- Stay home
- Stay in touch with your doctor
- Avoid public transportation
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
- Stay away from others.
- Limit contact with pets and animals.
Wear a face mask if you are sick
- If you are sick
- If you are caring for others.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Wash hands
- Hand sanitizer
- Soap and water
- Avoid touching
Avoid sharing personal household items
- Do not share
- Wash through roughly after use.
Monitor your symptoms
- Seek medical attention, but call first
- Call your doctor before going in
- Wear a facemask
- Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department.
These are few facts provided by the world health organization to help us combat COVID19. People are not needed to fear of COVID-19 once they get tested positive that they will die as there is recovering cases are increasing day by day.
Percentage of people recovered from COVID-19 according to regions are
- Asia – 27%
- Europe- 7%
- North and Central America -1%
- South America -1%
- Africa -9%