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

17 Feb 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 has risen to 71,356 out of which 1,776 have deceased, 11,298 are in critical condition and 11,184 have recovered completely. The death toll has overtaken previous epidemics SARS(2003) and MERS(2012) which had claimed lives of 774 and 858 people. The majority of people who are infected with Coronavirus are from Wuhan (China), which has been identified as the epicenter 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 managed to infiltrate its way into 28 countries including India where the number of people that got infected is 3, all cases reported in Kerala.

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 it’s 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?

According to the Health Ministry, it said that as of February 6, 1,38,750 passengers from 1,265 flights had been screened for novel coronavirus illness but no new case was detected. Till now, all 645 Indian citizens, who were evacuated from China's Wuhan and kept in isolation at Army Base camp at Manesar in Gurgaon and ITBP camps in Delhi tested negative for the deadly virus. 

So far 3 cases have been reported in Kerala and the state government has already declared this as the state disaster. The present condition of those 3 infected medical college students from Wuhan is stable and they are under constant observation. 

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 17th Feb 2020)


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