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Coronavirus Update: 105 Covid-19 deaths in West Bengal; 459 in Maharashtra

Coronavirus Updates: The tally of Covid cases in India has risen to 35,043. Worldwide, there are 3,308,548 cases.

Coronavirus Update: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 35,043, and 1,154 people have died from the disease so far, according to data compiled by Worldometer. The Union health ministry has designated all major metropolitan cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad—as red zones after the lockdown ends on May 3.

State-wise coronavirus cases: Maharashtra (10,498), Gujarat (4,395), Delhi (3,515), Madhya Pradesh (2,660), Rajasthan (2,584), Uttar Pradesh (2,203), Tamil Nadu (2,323) and Andhra Pradesh (1,403).

Coronavirus World Update: Globally, 3,308,548 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 234,112. Nations hit with most coronavirus cases at present are the US (1,095,019) Spain (239,639), Italy (205,463), UK (171,253), France (167,178) and Germany (163,009). Two countries – The Comoros and Tajikistan – reported their first Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total number of affected countries in the world to 187.

 

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. Here you will get to know some basic protective measures against the Coronavirus.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms and when should I seek medical care?

If you have minor symptoms, such as a slight cough or a mild fever, there is generally no need to seek medical care. Stay at home, self-isolate and monitor your symptoms.

Seek immediate medical care if you have difficulty breathing or pain/pressure in the chest. If possible, call your health care provider in advance, so he/she can direct you to the right health facility.

How does Coronavirus spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from others. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.

Advice for elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions to combat COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions to combat COVID-19

COVID-19 can affect any person, irrespective of age, pre-existing health conditions, immunity levels, etc. However, various studies have found that the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are at a greater risk.

A young and healthy person may only experience mild symptoms of COVID-19, whereas an aged person or a less-healthy individual may develop severe symptoms, leading to organ failure, explain health practitioners at AMRI Hospitals.

People with weakened immune system and underlying chronic conditions, including heart diseases, diabetes, or asthma need to take more precautions. It is important for them to practise good hygiene, follow a healthy lifestyle, and monitor their health condition closely.

According to medical practitioners at AMRI Hospitals, best hospital in Kolkata, the common symptoms of COVID-19 are not different than that of the regular flu, which makes it even more important to stay cautious. These include cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, sore throat, etc.

It can be dangerous to take these symptoms for granted, considering the threat of COVID-19. Self-medication is also discouraged by medical practitioners. One must visit a nearby healthcare facility, if experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

People, who are over the age of 70, need to practice social distancing and isolation. While everyone is being told to follow social-distancing measures to help reduce the chance of spreading Coronavirus, people in higher risk groups are strongly advised to follow the advice at any cost.

As per doctors at AMRI Hospitals, other than washing hands frequently, eating healthy, and sleeping for 7-8 hours daily, one cannot undermine the necessity of engaging in physical activities. If one doesn’t wish to work out, there are other methods of keeping the body fit and not lying idle for too long.

One of the bigger challenges one may face during the lockdown is boredom and inactivity, causing numerous problems to those with pre-existing health conditions. Thus, it is important to keep yourself engaged in different activities and stay active, both physically and mentally.

Can extending India’s lockdown stop coronavirus?

One-fifth of world’s population face extended confinement in government-led battle to protect millions from infection.

More than 1.3 billion people across India have lived under lockdown for more than three weeks as the government tries to blunt the effect of coronavirus and prevent healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed by a wave of new infections. But a 21-day period of confinement has not been enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now announced the extension of the biggest lockdown in world history until at least May 3.

India’s health ministry says the number of COVID-19 cases has just crossed the 10,000 mark, with deaths in the hundreds compared with the thousands seen in other countries such as Italy, Spain and the United States. But there are concerns among health experts that the true number of cases is much higher due to a lack of testing and tracing in many parts of the country. The lockdown is also taking its toll on India’s economy. While some parts of the country may soon see the easing of some restrictions, millions of workers remain fearful that a protracted shutdown will push them deep into poverty.

So take precautions and stay home stay healthy.

Coronavirus | Symptoms & Prevention

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.

Prevention

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

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.

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 attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.