More than 520,000 (Half million) infected globally, Corona is the deadliest breed of fear and death. WHO declared the new corona virus outbreak which initiated from Wuhan China, a global pandemic.
Referring to the data of John Hopkins University, more than 23,568 people have died globally of this infection as of 26th March. Deaths are confirmed by 175 nations and territories.
What is a corona Virus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less severe common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus very similar to the one that caused SARS.
Many coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted from animals to humans however, the transmission and origin of corona is yet to be confirmed. The new coronavirus, the seventh known to affect humans, has been named COVID-19.
Nepal government is yet to draft its authentic guidelines however, early recognition of COVID-19 patients are those who come in with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) who also have a history of foreign travel or close contact with another COVID-19 patient.
“COVID–19 may present with mild, moderate, or severe illness; the latter includes severe pneumonia, ARDS [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome], sepsis and septic shock.”
How can it be detected?
The virus can be detected using a PCR test. A PCR or polymerase chain reaction test is DNA-based and can quickly tell if someone harbours the virus.
Should I worry? How can I protect myself?
The WHO declared the virus a global pandemic on March 11, and said it was “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak.
WHO recommends basic hygiene such as regularly washing hands with soap and water, and covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
Maintain “social distancing” – keeping at least 1,8 meter (six feet) between yourself and others – particularly if they are coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with animals and be sure to thoroughly wash hands after contact.
The Corona Corner is disseminated and content produced by Sakriya Sath, Non-Government organization in Nepal working for youth related trainings and Sexual Reproductive health right issues since a decade. Sakriya Sath is also an implementing partner of ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).