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COVID - 19 - STAY HOME, STAY SAFE

INTRODUCTION

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered corona virus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

How does COVID-19 spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms can include mild to high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and tiredness. In severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. Newer symptoms are emerging with passage of time like loss of smell and taste, rash on the skin, discoloration of fingers and toes, sore throat, headache, conjunctivitis, aches and pains, etc.

PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES ARE CRITICAL TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF ILLNESSES. PREVENTIVE ACTIONS INCLUDE:

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.


Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and dispose the used tissue immediately.


Stay home if unwell, except to aid medical help.


Maintain clean and healthy habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

COVID - 19 FACTS

How can I protect myself from the coronavirus?
There are several ways you can protect yourself from SARS-CoV-2. The best way to prevent acquiring this virus is avoid contact with someone who has it. That's where face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing come into play.

Is COVID-19 19 life threatening?
No, in majority of the cases it is not life threatening, but just a mild illness. Rarely though, it can make some people very ill and could also be life threatening in others.In certain sections of people with either pre-existing medical conditions or old age it has been observed to be fatal.

What can be done to avoid COVID-19?
Some small, but important measures like stay home - stay safe, maintain safe distance, wearmask, frequent sanitization, hygienic practices will come a long way in avoiding COVID-19. Certain Ayush measures like, warm water consumption, salt water gargling, consumption of kadhas made with herbs could also provide relief. Most importantly, stay calm, follow the guidelines and advisories religiously.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
As of 18 February 2021, at least seven different vaccines across three platforms have been rolled out in countries. Vulnerable populations in all countries are the highest priority for vaccination.
At the same time, more than 200 additional vaccine candidates are in development, of which more than 60 are in clinical development. COVAX is part of the ACT Accelerator, which WHO launched with partners in 2020. COVAX, the vaccines pillar of ACT Accelerator, convened by CEPI, Gavi and WHO, aims to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once vaccines are demonstrated to be safe and efficacious, they must be approved by national regulators, manufactured to exacting standards, and distributed.

Who is eligible for the COVID19 vaccine?
All people aged 18 or above are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Where should I register for the vaccination?
Register on the Co-WIN Portal and schedule your vaccination appointment. https://www.cowin.gov.in/home

Where can I get the vaccine from?
Vaccines are available from Government and Private Health Facilities as notified, known as COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs)

Which COVID-19 vaccines are licensed in India?
Two vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in India are Covishield (AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).

Is it mandatory to take the vaccine?
Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine for protecting oneself against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to the close contacts including family members, friends, relatives and co-workers.