Decoding Coronavirus with Afinoz - The Do's & Don'ts

24 Sep 2020 3 min read
News: Decoding Coronavirus with Afinoz - The Do's & Don'ts

This is not a regular blog post that you will find on a financial marketplace. This is us simply taking a 2-minute pause to recognize something which is deemed alarming and big at the same time. Till today as you read this post, the number of people infected with Coronavirus pandemic has risen to 2,667,551 out of which 186,252 have deceased, 57,955 are in critical condition and 730,928 have recovered completely. The death toll has overtaken previous epidemics SARS(2003) and MERS(2012) which had claimed the lives of 774 and 858 people. Most people who are infected with Coronavirus are from Wuhan (China), which has been identified as the epicentre of the epidemic and efforts are being made now at a global level to contain the virus as much as possible. Despite all the measures the Coronavirus has infiltrated its way into 199 countries including India where the number of people that got infected have touched 21,700, and the total death count has reached 689.

Today with this post we want our readers to be aware of the measures and precautions that they should adopt in their daily lives in order to be safe from Coronavirus or as a matter of fact all kinds of viruses.

What is Coronavirus, and what are its symptoms?

Coronavirus is a respiratory system attacking virus. They might start looking like a common cold virus but as the day progresses from 2nd to 14th day it starts turning worse from the bad. These types of Coronaviruses have been responsible for several outbreaks around the world, including the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) pandemic of 2002-2003 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea in 2015. Most recently, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) triggered an outbreak in China in December 2019, sparking international concern.

Types of Coronavirus: 

Different types of human coronaviruses vary in the severity of illness they cause and how far they can spread

There are currently seven recognized types of coronavirus that can infect humans.

Common types include:

  • 229E (alpha coronavirus)
  • NL63 (alpha coronavirus)
  • OC43 (beta coronavirus)
  • HKU1 (beta coronavirus)

The strain which is prevalent right now is a new one, and it is called nCov, aka Novel Coronavirus.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Symptoms vary from person to person with a 2019-nCov infection. It may produce few or no symptoms. However, it can also lead to severe illness and may be fatal. Common symptoms include

  • Fever
  • Breathlessness
  • Cough & Cold

In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

If in case you feel the above symptoms for more than 2 days(ruling out common cold & flu), you should immediately consult your doctor. Though it is said that the virus is very much incurable but it is very much advisable to practice the following regimen as goes the old saying - “Prevention is always better than cure”

What are the Precautionary measures to avoid contracting Coronavirus?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze with a tissue and dispose of that tissue in a covered dustbin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap water for at least 20s before eating or after using the bathroom. 
  • You can use any hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to disinfect your hands but make it a point to use only soap water in case your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Use a good quality govt. prescribed mask if you have contracted initial symptoms like cough & cold.

How is India responding to the Coronavirus outbreak?

As a precautionary step, the Prime Minister has extended the total lockdown of 21 days to another 19 days till May 03,2020 . In a complete lockdown scenario, people are advised to sit at home and maintain social distancing. In this way, India can mitigate the risk of infection of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, all the essential services will continue to provide aid to the citizens. As this lockdown has affected the weaker section severely, the Finance Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman on the 26th March 2020 came up with a special financial announcement to counter the Covid-19 effect. Although these welfare plans will help the poor and underprivileged people, still middle class or lower-middle-class people need not worry because RBI has also provided some comfort to these people. The RBI has taken some firm steps in the form of a repo rate cut to make the loan cheaper and a 3-month moratorium period for outstanding loan payments.

Earlier, India evacuated 766 people from China, 124 from Japan, 450 from Iran, and 218 from Italy. To keep up with the rising demand of testing facilities, the Centre had allowed accredited private labs to conduct   tests for Covid-19. On 22nd March India witnessed ‘Janata Curfew’ which was extended by the various states. Currently, the number of Covid-19 infected patients has reached 21,700.

Covid-19 Infected Numbers of Various States/UTs

State/UT

Confirmed

Active

Recovered

Deceased

Maharashtra

5,649

4,591

789

269

Gujarat

2,407

2,125

179

103

Delhi

2,248

1,476

724

48

Rajasthan

1,937

1,566

344

27

Madhya Pradesh

1,687

1,401

203

83

Tamil Nadu

1,629

949

662

18

Uttar Pradesh

1,449

1,255

173

21

Telangana

943

725

194

24

Andhra Pradesh

893

725

141

27

West Bengal

456

362

79

15

Karnataka

        445

287

141

17

Kerala

437

127

308

2

Jammu and Kashmir

427

330

92

5

Punjab

283

200

66

17

Haryana

264

103

158

3

Bihar

148

104

42

2

Odisha

689

55

33

1

Jharkhand

753

42

8

3

Uttarakhand

46

23

23

-

Himachal Pradesh

39

19

18

2

Assam

136

16

19

1

Chhattisgarh

36

8

28

-

Chandigarh

27

13

14

-

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

22

11

11

-

Ladakh

18

2

16

-

Meghalaya

12

11

-

1

Goa

7

-

7

-

Puducherry

7

3

4

-

Manipur

2

-

2

-

Tripura

2

1

1

-

Arunachal Pradesh

1

-

1

-

Mizoram

1

1

-

-

On the other hand, the Indian Railway had cancelled all the passenger trains till 31st of March to stop the Covid-19 from spreading. In response to the World Health Organisation(WHO) declaration COVID-19 as pandemic and surge in coronavirus infected patients in India, the government had released a list of helpline numbers for all the States and UTs.

COVID-19 Helpline Numbers for Various States and UTs

State/UT

Helpline Numbers

Andhra Pradesh

08662410978

Arunachal Pradesh

9436055743

Assam

6913347770

Bihar

104

Chhattisgarh

077122-35091

Goa

104

Gujarat

104

Haryana

8558893911

Himachal Pradesh

104

Jharkhand

104

Karnataka

104

Kerala

0471-2552056

Madhya Pradesh

0755-2527177

Maharashtra

020-26127394

Manipur

3852411668

Meghalaya

108

Mizoram

102

Nagaland

7005539653

Odisha

9439994859

Punjab

104

Rajasthan

0141-2225624

Sikkim

104

Tamil Nadu

044-29510500

Telangana

104

Tripura

0381-2315879

Uttarakhand

104

Uttar Pradesh

18001805145

West Bengal

3323412600

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

03192-232102

Chandigarh

9779558282

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

104

Delhi

011-22307154

Jammu

01912520982

Kashmir

01942440283

Ladakh

01982256462

Lakshadweep

104

Puducherry

104

In times like these, we are determined to spread awareness about this deadly virus which is wreaking havoc across the globe and contribute towards busting the false news surrounding the same. We also believe in giving our readers the Afinoz advantage about the facts and figures which have been used in the post as each and every word is brought to you after confirming from UN and other reliable agencies websites so that you do not find yourself in a humongous pile of fake news that can add fuel to the rising mass hysteria around the Coronavirus.

(Updated on 24th Apr 2020)

Source:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/coronavirus-in-india-live-news-latest-updates/liveblog/73891111.cms

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