Important Precautions to Avoid Coronavirus, COVID-19 Infection and Spread.
On 4th March 2020, Health Minister of India, Harsh Vardhan confirmed 28 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in India. The number grew to 40 as on 8th March. Apart from Kerala, the places of the deadly viral infection in India include Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Gurugram and Hyderabad. Worldwide, as of this writing, over 3,200 deaths are linked to the virus and over 94,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. So, it is important to be aware of the necessary precautions to avoid Coronavirus infection and its spread.
COVID-19 is a delicate but highly contagious virus, measuring roughly one-900th the width of a human hair. The new strain of Coronavirus, COVID-19 is mostly affecting people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most of the infected people experience mild illness and recover, but it can become severe for others.
Precautions to Avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection
If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, World Health Organization suggests seeking early medical care. It may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
Stay away from crowded places as the chances of spreading infection in presence of virus will be more through contact.
Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance from anyone coughing or sneezing as small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth may contain virus.
Follow good respiratory hygiene covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. Also make sure to dispose the used tissue immediately.
Regularly, wash your hands well with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.
Use of Masks
If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. On the other hand, masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning like mentioned above.
You should also know how to dispose mask properly discarding in a closed bin. You can find more related details on WHO website who.int.
For your information, some experts suggest Coronavirus may not survive long in the relatively hot temperatures of India. Although India is the neighbor of China, the epicenter of the outbreak, Coronavirus spread has been limited in India despite its dense population. Notably, geographical spread of COVID-19 has so far been restricted to countries with colder climates. Maximum number of cases are in China’s Wuhan. It reported sub-zero minimum temperatures during both January and February 2020.
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