The recent outburst of a novel Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 has left people worried and fearful about their health. As the virus is found spreading in about 56 countries, experts fear that it could grow as a worldwide pandemic. The virus spread continues faster than expected, people fear to interact with other people, not able to carry out everyday chores carefree, avoiding travelling on public transport. Till now, the Coronavirus death toll rises approx. 3000 worldwide and continue rising. Stay woke, and be prepared must be your top priority!
What is Coronavirus, COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are generally a large group of viruses that commonly cause diseases in animals. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, that means they can transmit between animals and humans. And today, these viruses have jumped on humans as well, making them sick with an illness, having common-cold like symptoms. The Coronavirus, named COVID-19 is a deadly new virus which can lead to organ failure, pneumonia and even death.
The spread of Coronavirus
31st December 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) China’s office was informed of some unknown virus which is leading to so many pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China with a population of approximately 11 million.
7th January 2020: Chinese authorities identified this unknown virus as a novel Coronavirus. It was named 2019-nCoV, fit into the coronavirus family, which comprises of SARS and the common cold.
20 January 2020: Another report is created which says that the infection of Coronavirus has spread from Wuhan City to other cities as well as abroad. It thus started screening passengers arriving from Wuhan city. Thus, the WHO states to declare an international public health emergency over Coronavirus.
25 January 2020: Death toll in China comes at 26, with more than 830 infections. Travel restrictions were imposed.
30 January 2020: The virus was declared as a global emergency by the World Health Organization as the death toll comes to 170 with 7711 cases reported.
2 February 2020: A few death cases are confirmed outside China.
11 February 2020: The death toll in China jumped above 1000 and WHO reported the new coronavirus to be called COVID-19.
26 February 2020: Romania, Georgia, Pakistan, North Macedonia, Norway and Brazil all detected with cases of Coronavirus. The global death toll jumped to 2800 with about 80,000 confirmed infected people.
Even several types of research are made, but there is no possible solution to stop the global spread of Coronavirus. There is no treatment, so prevention is the best measure, you must follow. Main actions by SEGC include no travelers from China and screening of passengers travelling through the affected parts of the world. Therefore, travelers must adopt preventive measures appropriately to keep themselves safe from this deadly virus. Shikhar Travels, the leading travel agency is also supporting the Control and Prevention of this deadly Coronavirus. You can head to their website for the latest travel notice to some countries.
Impact of Coronavirus in India
In India, the first case was confirmed on 30 January 2020 in Kerala state. It is found that the affected person had a travel history of Wuhan City in China. Till now, 31 cases are confirmed for Coronavirus infection in India. COVID-31 is tested positive for all the people who had a travel history of Italy. All such passengers have been quarantined at the Chawla Camp in New Delhi. Several measures have been taken by the Indian government to minimize the spread of this deadly virus. Passengers arriving from Wuhan and other affected places are set under quarantine for about 14 days.
The cancellation of existing e-visas issued to all foreign nationals of China is another step by the Indian government to control this deadly infection. Thermal screening has been set up at 21 airports comprising Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Cochin to keep a check on the new virus. There will be announcements more such travel restrictions if fresh cases were reported in different parts of India.
Symptoms of Coronavirus:
Although, it is unclear how infectious, this deadly virus can be. But when we read out all the reports, it can be said that it spreads through person to person that are in close contact with each other. Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) appear after 2-14 days after exposure. The symptoms are similar to common diseases like common cold and flu. Here is the list:
- Fever in rare cases
- Shortness of Breath
- Severe Pneumonia
- Kidney Failure
Keep in mind that symptoms may vary from people to people. However, the infection can only be confirmed by your healthcare professional.
Are you Prepared?
As you know, there are no vaccines or formulation available to prevent Coronavirus to infect you. Even experts say if there is no treatment, you must make prevention as your top priority. Are you prepared? If not, then read out the following precautions recommended by the World Health Organization:
- Wash off the dirt and infection from your hands using soap and water. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and face when your hands are not clean.
- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms related to Coronavirus.
- Avoid sharing your things with anybody if you are not well.
- Be aware of disinfecting surfaces you touch.
- If you are not feeling well, stay at your home and avoid going out.
- Consult your doctor, if you feel symptoms of Coronavirus as mentioned above.
As it is mentioned above, the spread of Coronavirus is mostly due to people travelling from Wuhan City. Therefore, travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus and their actions to stop this threat from the world. If you travel to China or from China, you need to take precautions against respiratory and related illnesses and do seek medical recommendation if you are not feeling well.
There is nothing to worry if you are travelling to most countries at the moment. However, you need to remain up-to-date about increasing travel risks. The best travel agency like Shikhar Travels can give you the latest information on the travel risks and related recommendations. Some precautions you must follow during your trip:
- Don’t spend time in large gatherings or crowded areas.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, especially who are seen with symptoms of the new virus.
- Remain up-to-date of the local situation and follow all health-related tips.
- Monitor your health if you feel sick or got any of the symptoms.
- Do follow the travel restrictions set by your government.
If you do feel unwell, check out the advice given above. Stay safe, stay healthy! Stay tuned for more such tips.