Q&A: Here's how to protect yourself from Corona virus

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  13 Feb 2020 8:08 AM GMT
Q&A: Heres how to protect yourself from Corona virus

Hyderabad: After the outbreak of Corona virus several fake messages and misinformation are spreading through social media. Here we try to answers some of the frequent questions asked about the Corona virus.

1. What precautionary measures can be taken to avoid the virus?

Maintaining hygiene is highly necessary, say, doctors. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Cover your nose and mouth with your hand or tissue while sneezing. Throw away the tissue immediately and wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand wash. Maintain a minimum distance of three feet from people who are sneezing. Avoid constantly touching your eyes, nose, and ears.

Dr Suneetha Narreddy, an infectious disease specialist from Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, told NewsMeter that only taking precautions will help us from this deadly disease. "Now we know that Corona virus in animals can infect people and it can spread from person to person like how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread, like coughing and sneezing. So all you have to do is take the same precautions that you would avoid coughing and sneezing," she said.

2. Will wearing a mask protect me?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised people to use masks wisely. It has said that only people with respiratory disease or those suffering from cold or cough may use the mask. Using a mask can definitely control the disease from spreading, but it is not a guarantee that the mask will protect people from the virus. Along with wearing masks, one should maintain personal hygiene.

3. Is there a cure for Coronavirus?

Till date, no medicine has been invented to cure Corona virus. People infected with the virus are being treated with the utmost care. Some treatment techniques are still under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials. The WHO is also coordinating with various partners to develop medicines.

4. Will having pets lead to Coronavirus?

In China, many hurled their cats and dogs from their apartments as rumours spread that the virus can pass through pets. This rumour is fake, there is no evidence that animals such as cats and dogs can be affected with Corona virus.

5. What things should I avoid?

Do not take Vitamin C tablets. Wearing multiple masks doesn’t guarantee you protection from the virus. Do not smoke or take any self-medication such as antibiotics. Avoid consuming half-cooked food, raw or undercooked animal products.

6. Additional precautions

If you have a fever, cough, and respiratory issues and if you have travelled to China or if you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled to China, get a medical check-up done as soon as possible.

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