The novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) started from Wuhan, China after infecting over 90,000 people in around 60 countries across the globe is knocking at Indian doors. This week, India reported three coronavirus cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to six.
Ever since the focus has increasingly shifted to the fallout impact of the novel coronavirus cases and to the question of how ready the country is to fight the global outbreak.
The virus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in the middle of December last year. The disease, that leads to illnesses ranging from the common cold, fever, shortness of breath to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, is caused by a kind of coronavirus never seen before.
The virus initially being called novel coronavirus 2019 (nCov-19) was later formally labelled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) by the WHO.
The virus has killed more than 3,000 people in around 8 countries.
The three fresh cases reported this week in India have brought the question of how prepared the country is to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said the government was taking all possible steps to keep the city safe.
The government is gearing up and setting isolation wards in 25 hospitals, including 19 government-run and six private hospitals. As many as 3.5-lakh N95 masks are being arranged Over 8,000 separation kits for staff is in place for treating coronavirus patients, it the outbreak rises.
There is no special vaccine available to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) so far. The best way to prevent the virus from reaching you is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe:
- WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY
- AVOID CROWDED PLACES
- AVOID TOUCHING EYES AND NOSE
- PRACTICE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE
- WEAR A MASK
- AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK
- COVER YOUR MOUTH WHILE COUGHING OR SNEEZING WITH A TISSUE
What are the symptoms?
Experts are learning new things about the novel coronavirus every day. Some common symptoms that have been linked to the novel virus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and/or even death.
When to seek help?
If you’re coughing, have difficulty breathing or develop a fever and have travelled recently or spent time with someone with the virus, call your doctor. Seek for medical assistance.