COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the world making everyday life difficult. Citizens of many countries are asked to stay home in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. There is panic in public as they are not fully educated about how this virus works. All that everybody is concentrating on is the number of people infected, the death tolls and if the vaccine or the treatment is out yet. As a doctor, I want people to know that the spread of this virus was very quick which did not give the experts a lot of time to research and work on a cure. However, efforts are still being made. There are experts working day and night to find a solution. Finding the cure to new disease and preparing the vaccines and medicines require time, as we must be sure that it is safe and effective, and it won’t be too long before we find a solution.
Worrying and stressing yourself over all these things won’t help. Be focused on protecting yourself instead. We’ll talk about the precautions you must take to avoid the chances of being infected, but before that let’s understand how this coronavirus spreads.
COVID-19 is an airborne disease, it means that the virus that causes this disease (coronavirus) transmits through the air. The droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes contain this virus. Now, when these droplets fall on you, you get infected directly. The indirect way of you being infected is when these droplets fall on any metal or plastic surface and then you happen to touch that surface. It could be a door-knob, table, public transport handles, any public place, etc. The virus stays active on a plastic or metal surface for a long period of time. If you wash or sanitize your hands quickly, the chances of you being infected reduce, but if you touch your face, nose, mouth with that infected hand, you can get in trouble, as this is how the virus gets inside your body.
To prevent the spread of this virus, practicing respiratory hygiene is extremely important. This is what you must do:
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