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5 April 2020

COVID-19 Facts You Need To Know And Resources

Covid 19  coronavirus facts and resources

I've been seeing a lot of fake news on WhatsApp, social media and what not when it comes to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It really saddens me that even at a time like this, the trolls are going at it. But here's my attempt to debunk the myths for you and provide credible information.

So, let's start with the basics.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses. It has crown-like spikes on its outer surface, and thus, the name coronavirus. The word Corona, means "Crown" or "Halo" in latin.

Emergence of COVID-19 

In December 2019, Wuhan City of China experienced an outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus that killed more than 1800 and infected more than 70,000 individuals within the first 50 days.

WHO was then informed by the Chinese government about cases of pneumonia with unfamiliar etiology.

ETIOLOGY : pronounced /iːtiˈɒlədʒi/; alternatively: aetiology or ætiology is the study of causation or origination.

The outbreak started from Hunan seafood market where live animals are sold such as bats, snakes, frogs, and birds etc.

Origin Of COVID-19

Scripps Research Institute has concluded that the virus is of natural origin and shows no evidence of being engineered in a laboratory. However, the Indian media is still questioning the conspiracy theories behind the Novel Coronavirus.

How to protect yourself from Coronavirus

Due to a large number of myths circling around, I wish to bring to you the most accurate information. Here's the things you can do to protect yourself:

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. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. 
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. 
  • 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. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections. 
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease. Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
- WHO (World Health Organisation, UN)

The Myths - What not to believe

To be honest, as I mentioned before it saddens me to see that in these trying times there are still people out there spreading misinformation. Every single person you spread misinformation to, you are putting at risk, and just because they are not your loved one, doesn't mean they aren't that for anyone else. Trolls, you should be ashamed.

Now, let's see some of the myths I'm hearing about that are NOT TRUE:

  • Temperature, whether hot or cold will not prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
  • Taking warm, hot baths does not prevent you from catching COVID-19.
  • Eating garlic does not prevent you from catching COVID-19
There are so many myth busters on the official WHO site. Please make sure to check it out and see if something you've heard is on the list. Make sure you spread this information!

Need to know more?

You can text WHO directly, on their WhatsApp and get the information you need. Once again, lets help support each other and build each other up in this difficult situation. Stay home, stay safe. 

I hope this blog post will help you, feel free to share it with your friends, family and loved ones. Help me spread this information and put an end to all the fake information going on around. I've put in hours of research into writing this post, and as always bring credible and genuine information to you. 

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