Simple Steps to Stay Safe from Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It is a highly contagious disease that affects your upper respiratory tract and patient suffers from the common cold to more severe diseases such as kidney failure or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
How it spreads?
COVID-19 infection is transmitted is from person to person through respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets settle on objects and surfaces around the person. And when other person touches these objects or surfaces and then touches his eyes, nose or mouth, he gets infected. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in respiratory droplets exhaled by a patient with COVID-19.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Seek medical advice immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Preventive tips to reduce the risk
As this deadly disease is spreading across the globe, it is very important to take appropriate precautions for its prevention.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Cover your mouth using a tissue or with the flexed elbow and not hands while coughing and sneezing
- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
- No unprotected contact with wild or farm animals
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Apart from taking the above precautions, you can fight against the deadly disease by boosting your immunity. Include ginger, garlic, coconut oil, citrus fruits, and resveratrol foods like black grapes, raw cacao, blueberries, peanuts, and pistachios in your diet to increase your immunity. You can also prepare immune-boosting soup by adding sweet potato, garlic, spring onions, vegetables, parsley to water.
Is there any specific medicine to treat or prevent coronavirus?
To date, unfortunately, there is no medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus. However, the infected patients are receiving appropriate care in the hospital to relive and treat symptoms.
Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials. Moreover, research and development efforts by healthcare professionals across are being made to develop medicine.