As we all know,corona virus is spreading worldwide and now its is flourishing in India also. As per government orders,health care workers are taking care of the patients but there is a confusion among the general public on how to deal with this new flu like disease.
WHAT IS CORONA VIRUS?
Its is a micro organism which attacks lungs and causes symptoms like cough , cold ,high fever, body pain, malaise and breathing difficulty in severe cases.
IS IT DIFFERENT FROM COMMON COLD?
Yes,it is different as it spreads faster and damages lungs to a greater extent and so it is necessary to control its spread.
CAN EVERYONE BE AFFECTED?
Anyone can be affected by corona virus but old age and small kids might have a longer recovery period
IS THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS?
This virus spreads through contact with the infected person / objects and so HAND WASHING , SOCIAL DISTANCING ,USING MASK is essential to stop the spread of virus.
WHAT TO DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS LIKE FEVER,COUGH?
There are two possibilities- fever might be because of common cold or corona but in both cases Home quarantine yourself as we do in chicken pox if you have mild cough,fever . In case of difficulty in breathing or increase in any other symptoms -reach out to nearest health care center
HOW TO KNOW WHETHER I AM INFECTED?
Testing centers are available throughout the country. Throat swabs are collected from infected person and processed for confirmation.
ANY SPECIFIC DIET TO PREVENT CORONA ?
No specific diet will prevent but taking healthy vegetables,fruits,protein diet and maintaining hydration might help .
DIET DURING DISEASE?
High protein and easily digestible foods can be taken. Drink lots of fluids to maintain hydration.
ROLE OF MASK?
Mask prevent spread of infected droplets during coughing from patients. N95 is recommended only for healthcare professionals. General public can use surgical mask for protection. Cloth mask doesn’t offer much protection but it is better than nothing.
STEEL ,WOOD OR GLASS -CAN ALL SPREAD THE VIRUS?
Virus survives on almost all objects like steel,glass,wood,plastic,paper,aluminum and even rubber for varied period of time.After contact with these objects HAND WASHING is must. Even food can be contaminated .
IS IT CURABLE?
Most of the patients will be having milder form of disease. Symptomatic treatment and preventive measures are sufficient. In severe cases, oxygen and ventilators are required . Recovery depends on age,other diseases and severity of illness.
WHOM TO CONTACT?
011-23978046 -central contact number for corona virus related issues. can also contact respective state helpline number . Tamilnadu state contact – 044 29510500
WILL CROSS IMMUNITY – PLAY ANY ROLE?
Still under research ,cannot be commented whether a particular vaccine (already received by patient ) or any infection already acquired is going to offer any protection against corona
TAKE HOME MESSAGE…
“Prevention is always better than cure“.. Take precautions as advised and help us stop the spread of virus.