What is COVID-19?
SARS-CoV-2, a newly identified type of coronavirus has lead to a global pandemic of
respiratory illness, called COVID-19. While researchers worldwide continue to study this
infectious disease, as of now, we know that COVID-19 spreads through droplets released
into the air upon coughing or sneezing of an infected person. Usually, these droplets only
travel a few feet before falling to the ground in a few seconds. Social distancing is thus
believed to be an effective way of preventing further spread, along with wearing a mask
to any crowded and public places.
People fighting this disease commonly experience mid to moderate respiratory illness and
are capable of self-recovery, without any special treatment. However, the elderly and
people with underlying medical history, especially cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more prone to a greater impact of contracting
this virus. It’s symptoms include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty
breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea,
headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting and congestion or runny nose. A critical case of
this virus may cause kidney failure or even death.
Stay informed and protect you and your loved ones by frequently washing your hands
and timely using alcohol based sanitizers to regularly disinfect. It is very important to
wear a mask, social distance and make sure to not touch your face to avoid further spread
of this disease. People are seen to start showing symptoms of the virus within 14 days of
Several laboratories around the world are grappling to devise a vaccine or treatment for
COVID-19, with several ongoing clinical trials to evaluate potential immunization. If you
are facing any respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath, coughing or have a
fever, you must contact 911, your health care provider or your doctor, to explain your
symptoms. It is advised to call before physically visiting the services.