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Coronavirus disease or COVID 19 is a respiratory disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of condition was identified at Wuhan in China in December 2019. From its inception the disease has spread in around 180 countries and infected around 125 048 people taking around 4613 deaths lives. 1 In India, the disease has affected 110 people and has taken 2 lives.
COVID 19 is a disease with high infectivity and low mortality. The disease spread through droplet infection. Droplet infection means that disease spread from affected person to healthy person through the water droplets of infected person expelled through cough or sneeze.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Treatment is symptomatic. There is no cure available yet. Most patients recover through symptomatic treatment. However, patients with comorbid conditions are higher risk of serious infection.
As virus spread through droplet infection, social distancing is the key to prevent COVID 19 infection. Important tips of prevention are as follows:
1. Stay away from large gatherings
2. Wash your hands regularly
3. When water and soap are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer
4. Practice hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene
5. If you have symptoms, quarantine yourself and contact government helpline number of your state
COVID-19 Guidelines for Media
Updated by 5th May 2020
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