The new Corona Virus after infecting over 100k people in 75 countries has now entered India with 47 confirmed cases already. Considering the highly communicable nature of this virus the panic created is serious.
However, this posts is not about fear-mongering but is solely focused on awareness and solution.
The novel coronavirus after originating from the Wuhan city of china around the starting of December
Has now infected every continent in the world except Antarctica.
Claiming more than 4500 lives worldwide. WHO has declared the 2019-20 Corona Virus outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.
What are the best action steps that you can take to prevent yourself from Coronavirus infection?
How really can you be sure if you are suffering from the novel Corona Virus?
God forbid, but if you are tested positive how can you cure yourself?
After going through several papers issued by WHO and UNICEF here are some of the common myths floating around.
MYTHS ABOUT CORONA VIRUS
As the coronavirus panic is gripping India. People are rushing to buy face masks. The face masks prices have already surged 20 times.
But do really face mask is that needed?
WHO’s guidelines recommend face mask only in specific cases.
If you are having cough, fever or difficulty in breathing it is only then recommended to wear a mask.
If you do not have any of these symptoms then mask is not needed. There is no evidence yet that proves that these masks protect people who are not sick.
The purpose of the mask is only to protect the sick person. Contrary it is not recommended to wear these masks if you are not infected. This point is discussed below in the post.
2. NON-VEG FOOD-
Another misconception is, if I eat non-veg food, I
will get infected. Consumption of chicken, egg or other meat will not get you infected.
although the coronavirus originated from animals in China. But it is now a human virus. It can only spread from human to human. The All India Institute Of Medical Science, Delhi has confirmed that if your chicken and eggs are cooked properly there is no chance of coronavirus infection.
3. Virus transfer through Goods from china-
Don’t be worried while receiving any courier from China. As the Corona Virus can not be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any other countries reporting COVID-19 cases.
According to AIIMS, the Corona Virus can stay on the surface only for a few hours. So it is very unlikely that the virus will persist on the surface after being moved, travelled and exposed to different conditions and temperatures.
4. Pneumonia Vaccine can cure –
As pneumonia is a bacterial infection and this is viral. It is not gonna help.
BEST ACTION STEPS TO PREVENT THE CORONA VIRUS INFECTION
As the cases of coronavirus infection are fast increasing it is high time to know the actions steps we can take to prevent the infection.
There is only one main thing you need to know that the new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) spreads only when the water droplets from an infected person enters your mouth, nose and eyes.
- So if you see someone coughing or sneezing you should at least maintain a distance of 1-2 meters with them.
- Or if you are the infected person. Wear a mask or at least follow basic coughing and sneezing etiquette like coughing in elbow or using a handkerchief is more effective.
- The droplets from another person can get on other things like lift buttons, railings, door handles etc. And if you touch these things by accident and then touch your face or rub your eyes or nose. You might get infected. So, by all means, avoid touching your face.
- It is this reason wearing a mask for the non-infected person is prohibited as you will touch your face more often adjusting your mask.
WHO has stressed upon properly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to stay safe.
Using hand sanitizer very often can affect your hands as it is an alcohol-based product it can dry your hands’ skin killing the good bacteria too.
As a quick fix, you can use a Doctor’s spirit mixed with an equal amount of water that can be used to replace the hand sanitizers.
During this time it is best to cut down the social gatherings as much as possible due to the highly communicable nature of this virus.
HOW DEADLY IS CORONA VIRUS?
Currently according to WHO the mortality rate of Corona is 3.4% which means if 1000 people get infected by this virus about 34 will die.
But this is not the clear picture.
If you go deep you will found out that the mortality of the people by this virus below the age of 50 is only 0.4%.
It is only for those whose immunity was low or were already suffering from some disease that coronavirus proved fatal.
So immunity is the Key Factor
- Proper hydration
- Homely diet
- To boost your immunity
While Ayurveda suggests
- Sun exposure
- Amla(Indian gooseberry)
As the best ways to boost immunity
So how can we differentiate if it is a common flu or new Corona virus?
The symptoms of the new coronavirus are very similar to that of the Common Flu-
- Body aches
- Chest congestion
- Runny nose
However, there is a specific link to the coronavirus that is needed to be understood.
- If you have a recent travelling history to countries like China, Israel or Iran or where the virus is Widespread. And now you are suffering from the symptoms like of common flu then there are chances.
- Or in other ways, you have come in contact with someone who has recently come from these countries.
Its incubation period is 14 days. That means once infected by the coronavirus. It will take a maximum of 14 days to show it’s symptoms.
A doctor from Thailand has suggested an interesting technique to check if you are suffering or not.
All you have to take a long deep breath and hold it for about 12-15 seconds. If you are able to do this easily you are safe.
But if you get a cough or feel uneasiness in your lungs then there are chances you are infected.
But it’s better to get your check-up done to the nearest certified lab.
How can you cure yourself?
God forbid, but if you have been tested positive how can you cure yourself?
During the past couple of weeks, I saw various joke being shared on the Whatsapp messenger app on the ayurvedic ways to cure CORONA.
I would recommend not to follow ayurvedic medicine if you don’t have conviction in it.
The modern Doctors have a clear viewpoint. Since there is no vaccine available and it might take 9 months to develop one.
As of now, there is no drug Available cure COVID-19.
So it is clear that it is a fight between your immune system and the Virus.
Doctors prescribe –
- Paracetamol for fever
- Homely food
- Proper hydration
- Complete rest
- Citrus fruits like Oranges.
However according to Ayurveda “langhanam param aushadham” which means fasting it the supreme medicine.
Our body has the healing energy in it. But as most of the energy is used to digest the food it rarely gets time to heal itself.
You do not really need to fast but keep your food intake light. Especially if you are suffering from the infection like this. The body will work to kill the Virus.
So if you can give a rest to your digestive system for 2-3 days and comprise your diets with mostly-
- Liquids-coconut water, lemon water.
- Fruits-2-3 servings of fresh seasonal fruits
- Vegetable salads
- Light meals like soups.
Do not miss at least 30 minutes of yoga which should comprise mostly of breathing exercises.
UNICEF in its guidelines that the virus takes about 7-9 hours to die but if the same is exposed to sunlight it will die out in only 2 hours.
In ancient Ayurvedic scriptures, it is suggested being in sunlight for at least of 20-30 minutes. As exposure to sunlight detoxifies the body.
Switch to mildly hot water for drinking as the Coronavirus can not withstand high temperatures.
Ayurveda or Modern medical science the final objective is to get back to a healthy state.
My only intent for this post is to create awareness. Because panic and fear can only prevail in ignorance.
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