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Coronavirus is a family of virus. SARS and MERS are also part of this family. This particular strain (type) has originated from Wuhan China in 2019 December and has been named as SARS-CoV-2
It’s the name given by the world health organisation (WHO) for infection caused by this particular strain of coronavirus.
Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, breathing difﬁculty.
COVID -19 presents with an illness similar to any other respiratory virus. Hence differentiation on only clinical grounds is not possible.
Usually, it spreads in droplet form through the respiratory secretions (released while coughing or sneezing) and close contact. Rarely it may spread from contact with contaminated surfaces. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes.
Yes. It can cause mild disease in children also.
Close Contact: is someone who has been within 6 feet of a positive case (unprotected), at home, work, or during travel. If you have been identiﬁed to have had close contact (unprotected) with someone who is conﬁrmed to have COVID-19 infection, you are advised to isolate yourself at home and monitor your health closely and consult your Doctor
People who are > 60 years of age, Diabetic, Hypertensive, suffering from heart disease, immunosuppressed, and Chronic respiratory disease are at higher risk.
No cases of mother-to-child transmission have been reported to date. The symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this virus are the same as other people.
NO, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, there is no evidence that a medical mask is required to prevent infection in a public setting.
Patients who have symptoms should wear a medical mask to prevent transmission of infection.
Caregivers of patients suspected to have the disease.
Doctors and other health care workers who take care of patients.
If you are asymptomatic, then self-quarantine yourself at home for 14 days and avoid mixing with other people
If you are symptomatic, then get your self-tested at the nearest testing center
The treatment is symptomatic. So far no drug has been approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
Avoid public gatherings, wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, avoid touching your face regularly. Keep distance (2 meters) from patients with respiratory symptoms. Cover your mouth and nose with a ﬂexed elbow or tissue, when coughing, sneezing, and throw away the tissue in a closed bin. Avoid non-essential travel. Avoid handshakes.
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