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INFORMATION AND PRECAUTIONS


Follow the no-nonsense guide to the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic.
Be Safe, Don’t Panic
Follow the official guidelines, protect yourself and others around you.
We have compiled a no-nonsense list of questions which most people have been asking us and on the social media. The answers have been provided on the basis of official guidelines and consulting medical experts.

The infection can spread to a healthy person:

  • Through Droplets produced on coughing or sneezing.
  • Through close contact with infected person.
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces, objects, or items of personal use.


  • The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the Coronavirus.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    Emergency warning signs include:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face



    You can protect yourself and those around you by following some basic precautions and hygiene.

    Wash your hands frequently
    Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why?Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

    Maintain Social Distancing
    Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    You are advised to Stay at Home and/ or Work from Home, to prevent further spread of the virus.
    Why?When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

    Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
    Why?Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

    Practice respiratory hygiene
    Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

    Monitor your symptoms
    If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
    Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical help and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authorities. Do not visit hospitals unless absolutely necessary.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.



    Government has made it mandatory to wear masks in public places. When to wear a Mask?
    Please wear a mask if
    You are stepping out or going to public areas like markets, etc.
    You have symptoms (Cough, fever or difficulty in breathing)
    You are caring for a COVID-19 suspect/confirmed patient
    You are a health-worker attending to patients with respiratory symptoms

    If you use a mask, a Surgical Mask would suffice, but an N95 grade mask is better. Wearing a mask doesn't protect you completely from Coronavirus infection, but reduces your risk of getting exposed.



    NO.
    Almost 80% of people have mild symptoms, and recover from the disease in 2 weeks.
    Most of the symptoms can be treated with timely medical care.

    Risk of death is only higher in older people (above an age of ~60 years) and people with pre-existing health conditions. People with Diabetes, COPD, and other chronic conditions are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

    Coronavirus has “high infectivity but low mortality”
    Mortality rate ranges between 2-4%.
    It is significantly less severe than the 2003 SARS (MR: 10%) or 2012 MERS (MR: 35%) outbreaks.



    GUIDELINES

    Below we outline the official guidelines published by the Health Ministry, Government of India. Follow these and remain safe from the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
    Be Safe, Don’t Panic
    Protect yourself and others around you.
    .

    You are suspected to have coronavirus, only if
    - You have the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) + any out of these:
    - Travel history to a coronavirus-affected area (like China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, etc.).
    - Close contact with such a person.
    - Visiting a healthcare facility/ labs where Coronavirus patients are being taken care of.
    You are not required to get tested for COVID-19 if you do not have any symptoms (Cough, fever or difficulty in breathing)



    You are not required to get tested for COVID-19 if you do not have any symptoms (Cough, fever or difficulty in breathing)
    List of Government Approved labs is available HERE
    This List is updated daily. The Government has partnered with private laboratories to ramp up testing across the country.

    You can opt to BOOK the Coronavirus (COVID-19) TEST ONLINE on Healthspace

    For other countries updates, please visit WHO.int



    Although travel within India is still allowed, everyone is advised to cancel or delay all non-essential travel plans before 15th April.
    Indian nationals are further strongly advised to refrain from travelling to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany.
    All incoming travellers from the above countries will be screened and placed under 14 day quarantine.
    Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.



    MYTH BUSTERS

    As is the case with all major happenings around the world, there is a lot of misinformation spread around social media which creates an unnecessary panic. We bust the major myths and nonsense surrounding the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
    Please Don’t Panic
    Follow the official guidelines, protect yourself and others around you.

    NO.
    There is no such evidence as yet. The experience with other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS suggest that people do not get infected through food.



    NO.
    There is no such evidence as yet.
    The novel coronavirus is not known to spread directly through poultry or meat products. But, experts say it can be a good option to have only properly cooked meat.



    NO.
    There is no science-based evidence that proves its ability to protect against the coronavirus.



    NO.
    There is no evidence that it is spread by mosquitoes.



    NO.
    There is no evidence to support this. It may be harmful or injurious to your health.



    OFFICIAL CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE

    For any queries related to health, people may contact Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 Tollfree Helpline - 1075 or (+91-11-23978046)
    or
    email at (ncov2019@gmail.com).
    The State/ UT wise helplines can be found here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf.




    Useful Links



    Ministry of Health & Family Welfare: https://www.mohfw.gov.in

    World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

    CDC (Center for Disease Control): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html




    Disclaimer:

    All information has been compiled and gathered from official guidelines issues by MoHFW, WHO and CDC, and after consulting various experts and medical professionals.

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