What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious viral disease that has grown into a global pandemic. It spreads mainly through respiratory droplets, when an infected person comes in contact with a healthy person. Respiratory droplets can be produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. These droplets land on people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Even if the droplets are on tables, chairs, mobile phones, door knobs or any other surfaces, it can infect people who come in contact with the surface.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea or loss of taste and smell. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. It can also be entirely asymptomatic in certain cases.
Most people (around 80%) recover from it without needing hospitalization. However, even people with mild symptoms can transmit COVID-19. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness. Seek medical help immediately if you have any of the above mentioned symptoms.


Is there a Vaccine, Drug or Treatment for COVID-19?

No, there is no vaccine or drug for the treatment of COVID-19. Research is underway to develop a vaccine but no breakthrough has been achieved in this regard. Currently, symptoms of COVID-19 are being treated by hospitals as there is no drug to treat the disease. Studies indicate that the virus remains active in a person for 14-28 days.
The World Health Organization (WHO) therefore prescribes repeated testing to rule out all possibility of infection. In India, however, people are encouraged to get tested only if they begin showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if they come in contact with a person infected with the COVID-19 virus.


How long does COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper and less than 24 hours on cardboard. These surfaces can be easily cleaned with common household disinfectants that will kill the virus. Always clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.


What can I do to fight COVID-19?

We need to follow government’s guidelines and practice social distancing for the next few months to keep ourselves and others safe. We must wash our hands with soap, wear masks if we go out, and cover our mouth when coughing or sneezing. We must avoid public gatherings of all kinds. Keep at least 1-metre distance from others and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Persons infected with COVID-19 should not be blamed or stigmatized. If we know any person showing COVID-19 symptoms or if we feel we have COVID-19 symptoms, we must call the government COVID-19 helpline no. 1075.


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