Coronavirus (Covid-19); Truths, Myths and Precautions.

Yes, we’ve all heard of it by now! How could you not? Its on your papers, TV screen and on every social media. So what is coronavirus or rather, are?

According the World Health Organisation, “coronovirus are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) [1]. There is, however a new strain of coronavirus; officially named Covid-19, that has been newly identified in human beings. Thus, your regular flu is also a type of coronavirus.

World Health Organisation (2020)

Although the cure has not been discovered yet, Covid-19 is not the end of the road. Here are a few points to consider when taking Covid-19 to mind;

  1. People recover from it, just like the normal flu and most cases are mild. So no, a person contacting the virus is not an instant death sentence [2].
  2. The death rate is currently perceived to be 1%, depending on one’s health condition and age [3]. According to scientists, five (5) to forty (40) cases in 1,000 cases will actually result in death [4]. For example, death rates among those under 30 in a study of 4,500 cases, saw the death of 8 persons [5]. Why these facts? To tell everyone to relax a bit. People are spreading fear all around and its important to guard your sanity. This by no means, suggests that you should not guard yourself and observe necessary hygiene to protect yourself.
  3. Don’t listen to fake news. Many blogs and fake sites are posting whatever to get views, whilst spreading unnecessary panic. Avoid fake news and look to reliable sites for your information.
  4. Hygiene! Hygiene! Hygiene! This seems to be the major way to avoid the virus. Just like you do with the common flu. Wash your hands regularly. Stop touching your face! The virus gets transmitted when droplets enter your eyes, nose or mouth [6]. This could occur when in close proximity to someone with the virus and he or she sneezes or coughs. Also it gets transmitted through surface contact. For instance, if you touch a surface with the virus and touch your eyes, nose or mouth. So wash your hands regularly and again, do not touch your face! If possible, get a hand sanitizer too but note, this shouldn’t replace a hand wash.
  5. Avoid people who are sneezing and coughing out. Even kids, as cute as they are. Protect yourself. Report to your doctor too if you feel sick in order to protect those around you. And don’t fear, if at all its Covid-19, its not the end of the world.
  6. Eat well, sleep well and exercise. This is to protect your health and immune system, as the virus has been shown to affect people with compromised immune systems more than a healthy human.
  7. Finally, protect others! If you notice any symptoms, similar to the flu, pneumonia or are just generally sick, please report to your doctor. Understand that those with compromised immune systems and the elderly are more at risk, so protect them. A younger person may survive it but may contaminate one older [7].

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