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All About COVID-19

Making Your Health First Priority

What is Corona Virus?

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).


How does COVID-19 spread?

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. Data has shown that it spreads from person to person among those in close contact (within about 6 feet, or 2 meters). 


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and even death. The period within which the symptoms would appear is 2-14 day.


Can COVID-19 be prevented or treated?

A vaccine isn't currently available for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). No antiviral medication is recommended to treat COVID-19. Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms.


Is the coronavirus airborne?

There is some debate about whether the disease is airborne – there is no evidence for it yet, but that could change. Airborne viruses linger for a longer period of time than those spread by droplets and can also be spread in air conditioning and ventilation systems. 

The current advice is that the disease can only be spread between close contacts – defined as spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person.


Is the coronavirus disease new?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.


Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

It is advised to all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.


What happens when you get the coronavirus disease?

People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever, on an average of 5-6 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days). Most people infected with COVID-19 virus have mild disease and recover.


Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?

People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.


What is the official name of the coronavirus disease?

ICTV announced “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as the name of the new virus on 11 February 2020.


Can babies get the coronavirus disease?

We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children.


What should you do if you think you have the coronavirus disease?

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.


Is the coronavirus disease a pandemic?

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed in large number of countries due to which the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11.03.2020 has characterized COVID-19 as pandemic.


How does the coronavirus disease spread?

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.


How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.

What can I do to avoid becoming ill?

WHO and CDC recommend following these precautions for avoiding COVID-19:

Avoid large events and mass gatherings.

  • Avoid close contact (within about 6 feet, or 2 meters) with anyone who is sick or has symptoms.

  • Keep a distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, especially if you have a higher risk of serious illness.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the used tissue.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch on a daily basis.

  • If you have a chronic medical condition and may have a higher risk of serious illness, call us at +91 80036 95099 now to know about other ways to protect yourself.