The year 2020 was a rollercoaster for real. Everything was fine until one day in March when the world came to know about a new virus, called the Coronavirus or the Covid-19. The virus proved out to be dangerous to humans of all age groups. Many people died and were forced to be inside their own houses as prisoners for months. The world is still fighting against this deadly virus, but it has been known to develop a new strain in the UK. It is said that vaccination will provide this year, but there is a lot to learn.
What is coronavirus?
Covid-19 is a deadly infectious disease that is caused by a recently discoveredcoronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). WHO first heard about this virus on 31st of December 2019, from a report of several cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, China. The virus then spread across the world, and by March 2020, WHO declared it a “Global Pandemic.”
Nothing has been expected since then. People were in complete lockdown at the start, and death rates were increasing because nobody was prepared for this; people were, and still are, following social distancing all the rules told by the government. Due to this sudden chaos, people were outraged and wanted to know where and how this virus came into existence. People began searching for answers online desperately and were introduced to a lot of myths about the virus.
Among all of the assumptions made about the origin of the Coronavirus, one became quite famous. A video of people having “bat soup” was circulated on the web, and it was said that the world was facing the Coronavirus outbreak because of it. However, there is no proof till now about the “bat soup” theory proposed by people. The origin of this virus is yet to be known.
Do’s and Dont’s In the Pandemic
Since we all live amidst a global pandemic, we need to take care of ourselves and others. Coronavirus has a very high mortality rate, and it spreads quickly. Therefore, it is high time that every individual stays cautious and try to prevent themselves from catching this virus.
Let’s discuss the symptoms, precautions, and cures of this deadly virus.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows:-
- Mild Fever
- Cough (dry)
Some less common symptoms include the following:-
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nasal congestion
- Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
- Sore throat
- Mild to severe headache
- Muscle or joint pain
- Skin rash
Severe COVID‐19 disease symptoms include the following:-
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Constant pain or pressure in the chest
- Fever (above 38 °C).
It is advised that people of all ages, on experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, must contact the doctors as soon as possible. Most of the people who are affected by this disease might recover without any special treatment. The risk is higher among older people and the people who suffer from underlying medical problems like diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. These people are likely to develop a severe illness, which may even lead to death if not taken care of correctly.
Prevention is always better than cure. If we can prevent something wrong from happening to us, we win. To slow down this outbreak’s spread is to be well-informed about the latest updates and the basic rules regarding fighting against Covid-19.
Some of the rules you must follow for your safety are mentioned below:-
· Practice social distancing.
· Wear masks every time going outside.
· Use sanitizers.
· Be well informed about the updates of Coronavirus.
· Cough or sneeze on your elbow instead of your hand.
The End of Covid-19, Is It?
As we are living in these difficult times of a global pandemic, WHO is working together with health experts and scientists, tracking the what if’s of the pandemic, giving advice on critical cases, distributing necessary medical supplies to needy people, all to develop and distribute safe and effective vaccines. Vaccines come in handy, saving the lives of millions of people every year. Vaccines work by training our own body’s immune system to fight against the targeted viruses and bacteria. When exposed to those diseases that cause germs, the body is ready to destroy them all, hence, preventing illness.
Currently, there are more than 50 covid-19 vaccine candidates that have applied for the trials. WHO collaborating with scientists, businesses, and global health organizations via the ACT accelerator speed up the pandemic responses. When the safest and most effective vaccine is found, COVAX will distribute the vaccines to protect people worldwide. People who are higher at risk will be prioritized.
Recent updates on Covid-19:
Even though vaccines are on the roll-out, some countries face the after-shock of the third wave. The UK and other European countries see a surge in Covid 19 cases, as patients are transferred to the hospital amongst fear of catching the virus. Therefore, what is the solution left?
One way individuals can protect themselves is by carefully following all the rules and regulations set up by healthcare and government officials. It is essential to wear masks whenever traveling outside. In addition to that, social distancing is a must. Avoid crowded places at any cost. When hosting a personal gathering, follow the norms set by the government. Disobeying the rules will only lead you to face the consequences of the pandemic. Therefore, you have to be careful with how to behave and stay in this pandemic-stricken world.
More Covid-19 updates from different corners of the world show how this virus has disrupted daily lives. With work from home becoming the new typical and millions of people losing their jobs, it is high time to act responsibly. If you find anyone not following basic quarantine rules, you must correct them!