These days people are only talking about CoronaVirus. Many people already know what is it and how to be safe in this epidemic situation. But sadly there is a huge percentage who do not have clear information about this virus and COVID-19. Many people have or had business tours or a family vacation preplanned which they do not want to cancel, asking whether this is serious or not.
Let it clear first, definitely, the World Health Organization already announced COVID-19 as an epidemic and the exponential spreading rate of this virus is the most dangerous part. Today, we are trying to get you every detail about CoronaVirus & COVID-19 first, you must know, then will talk about whether you should travel or not based on travel advisory published by Government.
If you do not like to read this huge article, let me tell you now. NO, you must not travel if not very emergency at the moment.
What is CoronaVirus?
Coronaviruses are causing illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
CoronaVirus can easily be transmitted between animals and people. As per detailed investigations, SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.
Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered CoronaVirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Whats are potential symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are tiredness, fever, and dry cough. Whereas Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea.
These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, asthma or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately.
How to prevent COVID-19?
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Protection measures for everyone
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website, and through national and local public health authorities. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks.
However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. (Soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer kills viruses)
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. (When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain a virus)
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. (Touching surfaces can pick up viruses which can further spread to eyes, nose, mouth even enter your body)
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, and call in advance. (to protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.)
- Always follow the latest news about COVID-19 hotspots and especially in your area or city. If possible, avoid traveling to COVID-19 affected places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease like asthma. (chances of catching COVID-19 is higher)
Protection measures for visited COVID-19 affected areas in the last 14 days
- Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone)
- Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low-grade fever (37.3 C or above) and a slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people.
- If you develop fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
How COVID-19 Spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.
Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
COVID-19 Vaccine, medicine, and cure
While some western, traditional, or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. It is not recommended self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19.
However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines.
To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illnesses should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.
Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials.
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
Footprints of CoronaVirus till date
India (on 30th April 2020 16:30 IST)
- Total number of passengers screened at the airport: 13,54,858+
- Total number of Active COVID 2019 cases across India: 33338
- Total number of Discharged/Cured COVID 2019 cases across India: 8508
- Total number of Deaths due to COVID 2019 across India: 1082
Global (on 30th April 2020 16:30 IST)
- Total number of Active COVID 2019 cases: 1,996,823 (28,361 in last 24 hours)
- Total number of Deaths due to COVID 2019: 228,517 (6,593 in last 24 hours)
International Travel Advisory issued by Ministry of Health & FW (Govt. of India)
- Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia to India is prohibited with immediate effect. (Issued on 17-03-2020)
- Compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. (Issued on 16-03-2020)
- Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from 18th March 2020. (Issued on 16-03-2020)
- All existing visas (except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas) stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure. (Issued on 11-03-2020)
- In addition to Visa restrictions already in place, passengers traveling from /having visited Italy or the Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries. This is in enforcement since 0000 hrs. of 10th March 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside. (Issued on 11-03-2020)
- All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany after 15th February 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure. (Issued on 11-03-2020)
- Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
In addition to the above advisory, passengers are requested to avoid non-essential travel abroad and strongly advised to refrain from traveling to China, Italy, Iran, the Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain, and Germany.
Domestic travel within India
Although the number of active COVID-19 infected cases looks quite low. But this can get bigger in a whip. As a responsible citizen, we should always follow advisory from the national and local public health authorities.
Even one unidentified COVID-19 infected person in a congested place can spread the infections to hundreds. We recommend you to follow below advisory to be safe in addition to the above guidelines
- Avoid being in a congested place like railway stations, airports, metro railway, bus terminus, fair, public/tourist attraction points, shopping malls, etc.
- Do not travel anywhere now, handles, seats, toilets of local transport may spread the virus. Even if your travel is preplanned and a lot of money can get waste, we would still advise not to travel.
- If you feel any of the symptoms we mentioned earlier, please visit the nearby health center to avoid spreading of virus further. Early detection can save your life.
Remember, Life is more important than money, don’t risk it.
Bhutan and Sikkim already imposed restriction to enter their country by any means.
Affect of CoronaVirus in different Industries
No doubt COVID-19 is affecting most of the industries. Due to its infection and quick spreading capabilities, people are panicked to go to the office, factories, etc. Many countries already facing a financial crisis and even expected to get bigger day by day until it stopped. Sadly, many experts are indicating a huge recession will happen soon. Although, seems like the medical sector is booming but within a few weeks it can also crash mainly because of the high demands of masks, sanitizer, medicines, and other types of equipment. Read The Global Economic Impacts of COVID-19.
Below mentioned myths about CoronaVirus & COVID-19 are wrong.
- COVID-19 virus can not be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
- Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus.
- Taking a hot bath to prevent the new coronavirus disease
- The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
- Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus
- Ultraviolet disinfection lamp can kill the new coronavirus
- Effectiveness of thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus
- Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can kill the new coronavirus
- Vaccines against pneumonia can protect you against the new coronavirus
- Regularly rinsing your nose with saline may help prevent infection with the new coronavirus
- Eating garlic will help prevent infection with the new coronavirus
Know more about these myths in detail here
While most of the business sector including tourism, pledging to fight the epidemic by imposing restrictions, many tourists still do not want to reschedule, postpone, or cancel their vacations. This seems really childish, we are mature enough to be a responsible citizen and at ground level, we should always be aware that this COVID-19 should not get a chance to spread.
Anyways, every news channel, social media are continuously sharing information please pay attention to that news. Although, there are chances of getting fake news viral but use your sense and act accordingly.
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