What is Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and Covid-19?
Coronavirus (CoV) belongs to a larger family of viruses which can lead to mild fever or even fatal diseases, for example: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERSE-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Covid-19.
SARS-Cov-2 Coronavirus is responsible for the COVID-19 disease, and it is a new species which has not been seen in the human body before. It is an enveloped, positive sense, single strand RNA virus.
- Symptoms generally appear within 2-14 days
- In most cases, the first symptom is fever (more than 100 degree Fahrenheit/38 degree Celsius)
- Dry cough/sore throat may also occur
- Respiratory issues or pneumonia may occur
- Other existing illnesses (diabetes/ hypertension/respiratory/heart disease/kidney problems etc.) can lead to organ failure or various bodily disorders.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Use arm/tissue/cloth to cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid gatherings.
- Maintain social distancing by keeping at least a 3 ft distance from people around you.
- Stay home, unless there is an urgent need. Stay safe, and ensure others’ safety too.
- Avoid all kinds of travel, and stay in self-imposed home-quarantine in case of any recent travel history.
- Do not spit anywhere. Avoid contact with people who are in quarantine.
- Avoid contact with people who have already been infected.
- Patients showing symptoms should isolate himself/herself immediately and stay in home quarantine.
- Patients showing symptoms need to contact 16263 or 333 or IEDCR hotline (Grameenphone users can call for free at 16263 and 333).
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