Novel Coronavirus is a new unidentified strain of the virus that was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China. Because of its hidden identity, it managed to create a great amount of hysteria, panic, and frenzy not just in China but worldwide, as well. As of now, according to John Hopkins University, around 100,000 infected people have been reported along with 3,381 deaths with South Korea, Italy, China, and Iran being the main countries to report the most number of cases.
Why is novel coronavirus dangerous?
WHO has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern and following are the reasons for that:
Unknown incubation period – it can vary from 2 days to 2 weeks.
- No vaccine – since it is a newly identified strain.
- It can spread through human touch, interaction, droplets, etc.
Novel Coronavirus has a mortality rate of only 2% that too in China – with considerably fewer rates in any other part of the world and as mentioned by the DAWN News, 58,527 infected individuals have recovered.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus and what should we do if we develop them?
Those of having fallen victim to the disease have reported having;
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath and
In severe cases, that have majorly been reported in the elderly, this has also advanced to pneumonia and multiple organ failure. This disease has mainly attacked the immune-compromised and those who already had poor health. If you seem to notice these symptoms and they increase in their intensity then you should consider doing the following:
- Immediately distance yourself from your family, friends, colleagues.
- Stay indoors at all costs.
- Let your doctor know about your symptoms over the phone and once he/she asks you to visit them, only then visit them.
What precautions to take?
Nevertheless, it’s only a virus that with the right preventive measures can be taken care of. WHO has laid out a detailed list of the precautions that must be closely followed. The following are the most important ones:
- Wear a mask when you go outdoors. Discard it once you come back home.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly and
- Cover your face with your elbow and then sneeze or cough.
- Avoid spitting in public.
- Throw the used tissue paper in a properly closed
What’s the condition in Pakistan?
According to the DAWN News, there have been six reported cases out of which one patient has recovered and has been reunited with his family. Dr. Mirza who is a special assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Service has shared the government plans of moving critically ill patients to the isolation wards at the hospitals immediately while distancing the mild and moderates ones by asking them to stay at their homes. Although Pakistan is not in the state to accommodate a huge number of patients, Dr. Mirza has asked the nation to not stress over this situation and asked them to observe proper hygiene.
PANIC IS NOT THE ANSWER – STAY CALM, STAY ALERT.
With novel coronavirus creating a large scale of fear and delirium all over the world, the best way to deal with this microorganism is to stay calm and composed. Creating panic and hysteria amongst your family members or your friends isn’t the right way. Practice good hygiene, avoid unnecessary outings, take precautions and you’ll be more than fine.