Covid 19 - Reason to panic, More reasons not to panic
Most of the countries are in lock-down because of Covid 19. Every industry/sector/people are in panic. It took one small virus to bring an entire civilization to a stand still. So, what's all this fuzz about ? Is it legit for us to panic, do we know enough about this virus to be ready to fight this bug ? I have tried to put together some basics about Corona virus in this blog. Please read through and leave your comments below :
What is Covid-19 ?
Covid-19 is a short form for CoronaVirusDisease-2019. Covid-19 is one of a several varieties of corona viruses.Virus belonging to this family is the main cause for all kinds of Flu. They mainly originate from animals. They behave like a friendly cell and hence our body easily accepts it, once they enter our body, they inject their DNA structure and destroy our body cells. CDC states "The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold." ( Read more here : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics)
What precautions we should take to avoid Covid-19 ?
Panic is definitely not the way to avoid this virus. We have to switch to our basics taught by our elders like washing hands before consuming anything ,avoiding coming in contact to others and using handkerchief while sneezing. Mainly, consult a real doctor and not Google when you have symptoms. Symptoms are clearly explained by CDC here .
Will everyone with infection die ?
Definitely NO. Our media is focusing only on the positive cases and are totally ignoring the cases who have recovered from covid-19. More and more people are being discharged from hospitals worldwide after they successfully fought the virus. The map called Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) was the first to come out giving the total number of confirmed cases, countries affected, it also gives the statistics on recovered cases and number of active cases including their location to give a real-time view. It is built on an Esri ArcGIs platform
Are facemasks recommended ?
Clearly, medical supply industries are racking up some serious moolah making use of the prevalent situation by spreading panic and increasing prices of facemasks. CDC's recommendation : "CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)."
When can we expect a drug for Covid-19 ?
There is no specific vaccination yet for Covid-19 .Follow the below rules if you think you have symptoms of Covid-19 :
What are the odds : If you live in a region which has some reported cases or if you have a recent travel history to infected region, you are more likely to have a risk of exposure
Not all Cold,Flu are Covid-19 : Dont panic but immediately contact your doctor and get his advice. Be sure to stay away from other people and avoid sharing items like drinking glasses, utensils, keyboards, and phones.
Take the advice from health department seriously and follow them. Avoiding being over-smart will help governments and doctors big time to fight this pandemic.