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COVID-19 is a new pandemic that has already grabbed headlines due to the severity of its impact and the speed of spread. The United Nations website describes it as an event that the UN has rarely witnessed in its 75-year old history. The disease gained notoriety by the first week of December due to its fast outspread, deaths, and other reasons. Owing to its critical nature, Chinese authorities reported it to the World Health Organization (WHO), which declared it as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in January 2020, and finally as a pandemic in March 2020. This post provides information about this disease, its symptoms, and precautionary measures to be taken to avoid it.
COVID-19: A Brief Overview of the Disease
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by the newly discovered virus strain coronavirus or SARS COV-2. The disease has symptoms much like the regular flu and people suffering from it will experience mild to moderate symptoms. It is observed that people with weak immunity and aged above 60 are more likely to experience severe symptoms sometimes even leading to death. It is confirmed that almost 80% of confirmed patients are known to recover from the disease, whereas one in every six people may develop severe symptoms.
COVID-19 Symptoms You Must Know About
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of the disease include the following:
Some people have also reported symptoms such as:
Many people have also experienced bluish lips as a symptom of the disease. If you are experiencing any of the above-discussed symptoms you should immediately contact your doctor and seek medical attention.
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 usually spreads through infected people. It spreads through droplets that are produced during sneezing or coughing. The spread usually occurs in either of the two ways:
It may also be transmitted by people who have mild symptoms of the disease.
Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Social distancing has emerged as the major option if you wish to avoid the disease. Many countries have already imposed strict regulations on human interaction and movements. Although staying at home may sound dull for most active people there, it is recommended to avoid the disease. The following pointers will be helpful.
A] Practice Social Isolation: It doesn’t matter whether you are infected or not, you must avoid attending social gatherings or social events. In addition to this, you must:
B] Practice Good Physical Hygiene: WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend people to practice good hand hygiene. These organizations recommend people to follow these guidelines to avoid infection:
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