- Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus is possible
- There is no vaccine for coronavirus
- Every individual must take prevention steps to control the spread
China's National Health Commission has confirmed 213 deaths and more than 9,000 infected cases of coronavirus. The national tally of verified infections rose to 769, around half of them in Hubei. It said 461 of those infected were in serious condition. China has locked down Hubei in the country's centre, an unprecedented operation affecting tens of millions of people and intended to slow transmission of the respiratory virus. Originating in Hubei's capital of Wuhan, the virus has spread throughout China and across the world - with cases confirmed in around a dozen countries including as far away as the United States, as per AFP reports.
Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine at Max Super Speciality Hospital explains, "The most challenging part about this is there is no cure for the disease. One may experience symptoms like fever, running nose, sore throat and body ache. People are also not aware of the disease which can be quite dangerous. Protocols for testing the infection are being designed.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine available in the market. Under such circumstances, it is essential that the public is educated about preventive measures."
Following right prevention steps can help in controlling the spread of the infection. "The best way to deal with coronavirus is to prevent transmission and avoid the spread of the infection. One should avoid unprotected contact with people who show flu-like symptoms and eat only properly cooked meat. A strong immunity can also help in controlling the spread," Dr. Swati Rajagopal, Consultant - Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine at Aster CMI Hospital told DoctorNDTV.
Coronavirus: Symptoms and Prevention Steps
One must not ignore the early symptoms and seek medical help immediately. The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper-respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath and fever in some cases. Some prevention steps an individual must follow may include-
- Wash your hands a frequently as possible especially after visiting someone who is sick
- Always cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing
- Avoid close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or symptoms
- Eat a healthy diet to boost immunity
- Wear a mask while travelling
(Dr. Swati Rajagopal, Consultant - Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore)
(Coronavirus quote from Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket)
(With inputs from AFP)
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