The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus calls for critical preparedness and rapid response from the Governments. The number of cases is still increasing and the World Health Organisation has urged the affected countries to issue strict guidelines to stop it from further transmission. HCAH aims to bring you credible information and help in this difficult time. Our helpline numbers are open for any query or assistance required. SAVE THE NUMBER: 1800-102-4224
2. How does it spread?
– It can spread through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
– If a person touches a surface or object that has been infected by the virus and then touches his own mouth, nose, or eyes, he may get infected.
3. What precautions to take?
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Follow the guidelines laid down by WHO or Ministry of Health of India.
These are the few precautions everyone is urged to take:
– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
– Avoid touching your mouth,nose and eyes as much as possible.
– Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue or your bent elbow whenever sneezing or coughing.
– Wear a mask if you are showing symptoms.
– Maintain social distancing. Do not gather in large crowds.
– Stay at home if you are showing signs. Do not go to the hospital. Call the helplines provided*
*You can call HCAH’s helpline number 1800-102-4224 and do tele-consultations with doctors.
4. Who is at the most risk?
Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
5. Is there a vaccine available for Coronavirus?
At present, there is no vaccine for the virus.
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill viruses on your hand.
2. Social distancing is important. Maintain at least 1 metre or 6 feet of distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. If you are too close, the cough droplets can enter your body through your nose or mouth.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible. Viruses are present in surfaces you touch like door knobs, railings, etc. The virus transfers from those surfaces onto your hands and enter your body when you touch your nose, mouth or eyes.
4. Practise safe respiratory hygiene. If you have to cough or sneeze, do it on a disposable tissue or in your bent elbow. Throw the tissue in a closed bin right after.
5. If you are showing signs or symptoms of the virus, do not go to the hospital as you can spread it to other patients. Call helpline numbers provided for medical assistance. By the time, self-quarantine at your home.
6. Wear a mask if you have flu-like symptoms. Masks are effective only if you follow the basic hygiene. Clean you hands before wearing the mask and also before taking off the mask. Avoid touching it when you have it on. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it gets damp. Do not use a single-use mask twice. Dispose off the mask properly in a closed bin.
7. Clean frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant regularly. This includes doorknobs, door handles, tables, chairs, mobile phones, laptops, etc.
8. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid unnecessary travel; go out only if absolutely necessary.
9. People with pre-existing conditions like Cardiovascular disease, Chronic respiratory disease, Diabetes, or Cancer are more at risk. You are advised to secure 1 month+ supply of medication. Follow your medication routine, do not skip any doses.
10. Avoid smoking or drinking. Smokin affects your lungs and you are at a higher risk of getting the virus, as it affcets the lungs too. Also, you might transfer the virus into your body when you touch a cigarette or a bottle.
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