Covid-19 - Overview and Awareness

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Covid-19 - Overview and Awareness

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COVID-19 or coronavirus is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The 1st known case was identified in December 2019 in Wuhan. The disease since then has spread worldwide leading to an ongoing pandemic. Now let’s look at some of the common symptoms. COVID-19 affects different people (depending upon the body to body) in different ways. Maximum of the infected people will develop mild to adequate illness and can improve without any hospitalization. Common symptoms:
  • dry cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
Less common symptoms:
  • headache
  • aches and pains
  • loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • conjunctivitis
  • a rash on the skin, or discoloration of toes or fingers
Serious symptoms:
  • chest pain or pressure
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • loss of speech or movement
Immediately call for medical help if you administer any of the above serious symptoms. Currently, India is under immense crisis with the second Covid wave. We haven’t witnessed this earlier. This time no one is being spared and the disease is much more infectious. Although continuous efforts are going on but still there is a significant shortage of life-saving tools - Oxygen, ICU beds, etc - which is making it tougher for everyone. Companies like SAIL, JSPL, IndianOil, BPCL, Vedanta, Tata Steel are contributing their bits and have all been diverting large portions of industrial oxygen they produce for manufacturing for Covid relief. K Vijay Raghavan, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Central Government, quoted A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves," news agency ANI quoted him as saying. Covid can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to identify how COVID-19 will affect you. Even if you get sick, you could spread the disease to your family, friends, and others around you. The need of the hour is awareness against the disease. We should strictly adhere to all the Covid-19 guidelines by the government.
  • Always wear a mask and stay six feet apart from each other. This will help you reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or dispersing it to others. These measures will be enhanced by vaccines that will work closely with your immune system so that if you are exposed it is ready to fight the virus.
  • Reports/evidence suggests that chances of infection (called asymptomatic infection) are decreased in fully vaccinated people. Also, they are comparatively less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Although further research is going on.
  • Controlling a pandemic needs the usage of all the tools we have access to. Experts continue their research more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Vaccination plays an important role in curbing COVID-19. To create awareness for vaccination Google too developed a dedicated Doodle for the COVID-19 vaccines and promote the sense of wearing face masks among people, amidst a massive surge in coronavirus cases.
Now let’s have a glance at the procedure to register oneself for the vaccination in India:- Step 1: Go to https://www.cowin.gov.in/home and click on the "register/sign-in" option. Step 2: Add your mobile number and generate OTP. Step 3: Enter the OTP and "confirm" it. Step 4: Following the authentication of your mobile number with OTP, index yourself with required details such as name, gender, age, and photo ID. Step 5: Click on "Register" and then go to the "Schedule" option. Step 6: Enter the pin code of your area or select from the list of states, followed by districts. Step 7: Select your preferred vaccination center, date, and time and then click "Confirm". When more and more people among us are immunized, it is difficult for the virus to spread. This helps in protecting people who are too old or too young or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. Gradually if maximum among us are vaccinated, the infection will no longer spread. Thus there would be fewer outbreaks and havoc for the disease. Stay Home! Get Vaccinated! Stay Safe!!
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