Since COVID-19 (Corona Virus) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the world is facing a constant feeling of dread at all times. The virus that initiated its course from Wuhan, China, has now caused panic throughout the countries. China, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, South Korea, France, and multiple other countries are battling the pandemic with full force, Europe being the hub of the virus currently. Pakistan has reported a lot of cases and deaths and the population being affected by COVID-19.
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Covid-19 is an infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2). It is highly contagious and can spread through respiratory droplets. An infected person coughing or sneezing near you may be a red alert situation. The virus can stay alive on plastic and metal surfaces for at least three days. The origin of the disease has stemmed from humans eating unusual animal meat, for example, bat meals. The transfer from animal to human made the infection thrive and became rapidly common throughout the world. The reason for COVID-19 is not finite to eating bats and other unusual meat as it is reported through latest developments in this course that Coronavirus is caused by China’s biological warfarelab in Wuhan as it is the only declared site as capable enough to work on deadly viruses. However, the research is still under process.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19, are very much flu-like. You could easily confuse the infection with a general viral. However, the extra symptom that is present would be breathlessness. If you are showing the following symptoms and you have traveled in the past fourteen days, it is time to get yourself checked.
- Runny Nose
- Shortness of breath and breathing issues
- Chest Tightness
- Eye pain and redness in eyes
- Bluish face and lips
Eventually, pneumonia will make your immune system shut down and death is caused due to kidney failure.
What precautionary measures should be taken and how to boost immunity?
The world is not just fighting with the corona virus but also with everyday rising wave of panic and anxiety. Lockdowns, flight cancellations , financial losses are the real challenges that everyone in the world is facing right now.
Popping up of dreadful news, messages, videos on our TVs and mobile phones, every now and then, are enough to aggravate our anxiety level day by day. So, in this chaotic situation, our first and foremost concern must be to strengthen our physical as well as mental well-being . There are simple tips which can mitigate the stress , boost our immunity and hence can improve our mental and physical health.
Take a good sleep
Sleep and immune system have a strong connection with each other. Sleep foster the defence mechanism of the human body. Insomnia which means sleep loss, does not just cause depression but also makes us more prone to catch common cold and other infections. So, proper sleep is the need of the hour. Our constantly racing mind really needs some break. Sleep has been proven to be very effective in boosting our immunity. An average sleep duration in an adult is about seven to eight hours.
Say hi to antioxidants and Vitamins
So many harmful toxic substances are formed in our body normally. Our body has an in built system of neutralising these harmful substances by generating antioxidants inside the body. Let’s give a favour to our body and add more antioxidants in our diet. Citrus foods such as oranges and lemon are a rich source of antioxidants. Strawberry is a sumptuous gift of spring ,which contains multiple vitamins and minerals and is a good source of antioxidants too .
Other foods rich in antioxidants include mushrooms, blueberries, blackberries, walnuts, almonds, grapefruit, kiwi, apricot, broccoli , spinach, potato , red capsicum , tomato and carrots.
Also the time has come to build our reserves of vitamin D too. Why vitamin D is so essential for us? It does not just accelerate bone mineralization but also increases the intestinal absorption of calcium. The major proportion of vitamin D in our body is formed after exposure to sun light. While, dietary products have a minor contribution in the provision of vitamin D.
Foods high invitamin D are fish, egg, meat and dairy products.Vitamin C is found as a major factor towards boosting immune system and producing white cells. As compared to other vitamins, Vitamin C also has a high propensity to fight bacteria inside human body. The rich sources of Vitamin C include Citrus Fruits (oranges, lime & grapefruits), Papaya, Kiwi, Vegetables (Broccoli, Spinach), Garlic & Ginger, Yogurt, and Turmeric.
Precautionary measures that can be taken are simple and can be taken with vigilance. It is better to remain inside the house, avoid public transport when you have to go somewhere near or far. Practice proper hygiene and clean hands regularly with short breaks (and at least for 20 seconds) and avoid touching your face no matter what. Touching your face can make the infection find its way into your body.
Furthermore, proper use of hand sanitizers is a must to win the game and if sanitizers and hand wash are short in market, then alternative measures can also be taken. For this, you can use wet wipes to clear your face and hands properly instead of dry tissue papers.
Spend time with loved ones
Time is money. Social distancing and quarantine has provided us an opportunity to revive our relationship with our loved ones and with our neglected friends and relatives. With the access of Skype ,watsapp , instagram , you can connect them if you are home alone. Try hard and remember when was the last time did you spend quality time with your kids, parents, spouse and siblings? Take this opportunity and cherish your relationships.
Healthy relationship also helps to improve our immunity andmental health. Stay calm and healthy, that is the only way to keep ourselves together.
Social distancing is one of the best ways to avoid the spread of the pandemic. If people want to relieve themselves from this panic in the future, they should practice social distancing in order to let a safer world come into being once more. If socializing or going out is important then you must wear mask, use elbow instead of hands for opening door, touching any article, and avoid using public restrooms. Reduce transmission from the animal source. Taking Green Tea and other drinks containing Garlic & Ginger is also significant to improve immune system and clearing throat. Keep on sipping water after every 20-30 minutes and don’t let your mouth dries up (so that if there is any virus, it will go straight to Stomach without harming lungs). Using detox water can be ideal. Spray alcohol and chlorine in the house, offices and on objects that are used more frequently.
How can COVID-19 be diagnosed?
Results are generally available within a few hours to two days. The main way of testing is reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR). There are respiratory samples that will be attained various in order to check for traces of the virus.
Is there any breakthrough that is not being given much hype?
In addition, recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are effective antiviral therapeutic treatments for COVID-19. However, what is there to note is that this is also unconfirmed news and there is no real treatment available for COVID-19.
Even though young people may be able to battle the virus, old people hardly survive it as the immunity becomes weaker with age.
What humans can do to check
In order to keep a balance and determine the risk of COVIDE-19, individual measures can be taken to check the performance of your body. You can do a 1-2 minute exercise by holding your breath for 10-15 minutes several times and check fever to become more prompt towards identifying initial symptoms of COVID-19.
Which myths are doing the rounds?
There are definitely myths doing rounds. The myth that spraying chlorine or alcohol on your body will kill the virus is wrong as it will not kill the virus that has already entered in your body.
Another myth is rounding that Coronavirus can’t be transmitted in hot areas whereas, it can survive and be transmitted in hot and humid climate.
Experts say, “Fibrosis only develops in the minority of patients and 80 percent of coronavirus patients experience only the mild symptoms of the disease, so this is incorrect”. So the myth that Fibrosis reaches the lungs before a patient reaches the hospital is a myth.
The vaccine for Covid-19 will most probably be available in 2021. Until then take care of the elderly and the minors by protecting yourself so you do not transfer it to someone who may not be able to survive it. If you are elderly take extra care of yourself. If you are wrong do not think you will easily survive it as young people are passing away from it. Best of luck dear fellow humans at this time of global crisis.