Coronavirus updates

The novel coronavirus, that is believed to be originated in Wuhan, China has spread COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. WHO has name the virus as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 or SARS-CoV-2 and there are more than 1,930,014 cases worldwide with 119,806 deaths.
India has crossed the 10,000 mark of coronavirus cases on Tuesday, 14 April and some experts believe that the country might be in between stage 2 and stage 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 April has announced the extension of nation-wide lockdown, where all citizen should strictly abide by the rules of social distancing and curfew.

Q. Who is most at risk for the coronavirus disease?
WHO states that people of all ages can get infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCOV) but older people, people with pre-existing medical conditions, children and those who have low immunity are at a greater risk of getting severely ill.

Q. What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Ans.The recovery time may vary from case to case but mild cases it is approximately 2 weeks and for severe cases it can be anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.

Q. Is the coronavirus disease new?
Ans.Yes, the strain of virus causing COVID-19 or coronavirus disease is new to infect humans and was discovered in 2019.

Q.What happens when you get the coronavirus disease?

Ans. People who get COVID-19 infection have been reported to show mild respiratory symptoms and fever, or flu like symptoms initially, after 5 to 6 days of getting infected with the virus.

Q.Can the coronavirus disease spread through air?
Ans. The coronavirus causing COVID-19 disease is transmitted through droplets when a person infected with the disease may cough, sneeze or speak. Hence it is advised to maintain social distancing, staying at home and use protective gears if you out as you can catch the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19 or also by touching a contaminated surface. Wash your hands regularly and maintain proper hygiene.

Q.What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease? So far there is no specific treatment for COVID-19 and researched around the world are trying to identify a treatment and vaccine. Doctors are treating patients based on their symptoms.

Q. Is coronavirus disease zoonotic?
Ans. Yes, COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease as it has been transmitted from animals to human and the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China.

Q. What is the incubation period of the coronavirus disease?
Ans. 1 to 14 Days is the incubation period, which means its the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of COVID-19 disease.

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