Life is on hold!
First of all, please do not panic. Don’t think that Corona virus will kill everyone like the pandemic Plague did! Remember, epidemics like COVID-19 or SARS or EBOLA can be dangerous or even life threatening if we don’t take precautions and try to contain it. But if we follow the guidelines and basic rules, then we can definitely steady this ship. People start reacting to news or WhatsApp messages as if the world will come to an end soon! There are lines as long as a mile in department stores, people going crazy for masks or hand sanitizers. Thank god, they are not boarding their homes with hurricane shutters….lol! FYI, there are more than 1000 fatalities per week from preventable diseases like FLU/pneumonia! So numerically, this is not even comparable.
Having said that, we must make sure that we are following all the recommendations suggested from CDC and health organizations. One of the most important suggestion is to AVOID unnecessary travels. Avoid going to vacations, cruises, theme parks, etc to make sure we are not risking ourselves to getting exposed to the virus. This virus can come from individuals who may not seem sick (incubation period) but can easily spread it by coughing, sneezing or simply from their breaths. This virus can survive on surfaces for up to 3 days. So someone who sat on a bench can infect others who may sit on the same bench, touch it and then somehow get it into their lungs (touching nose, mouth). That’s why, it’s so important to keep ourselves away from mobs till this epidemic is contained.
Stay home, practice good hygiene, keep your homes clean, not have too many parties or visitors and enjoy your time at home with your families. Yes, it might feel like house arrest but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Hand sanitizers are good to prevent bacteria but not viruses. So avoid excessive use of hand sanitizers since they are not good for skin if used excessively. Washing hands is the best thing you can do to get rid of any dirt including viruses. Any time you touch any surface like door knobs, public benches, shopping carts, car doors, make sure hands are washed. Avoid contacts. May be change to Indian way of greeting “Namaste” 🙏 instead of hugs, kisses or even hand shakes. It might sound weird but believe me, lesser the body contacts, fewer the exposures to virus or any germs, in general.
Be aware of the symptoms of infection in case you get exposed to it. Here are some of them:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing (severe cases)
Also know you local health centers that test for Corona virus. Here is a link for people in US to keep handy just in case:
If tested positive, follow the recommendations by the healthcare team and seek treatment. As of now, there is no known specific treatment. Some antivirals are being tried and have shown some promise. There is a lot of research underway for treatments and vaccines.
Normal healthy adults have recovered well from this infection. Just like any other infection, older people or people with comorbidities may take longer to recover or in extreme cases, some have not recovered and lost their lives.
Good luck to all of us! Be informed, cautious but calm ! We will all get through this battle against corona virus and be successful if proper precautions and guidelines are followed.