Dwindling physical and mental health in the wake of COVID-19
COVID-19 has spread across 140 plus countries and creating havoc all around. The superpower countries have already been badly hit by this deadly virus, and people are dying every day across the globe. Many countries, including India, have gone for a complete lockdown, and this has serious repercussions on their economies as well. In such a grim situation, when you have nothing else to do but to wait for the doom to get over, the only way to survive is by keeping yourself updated on Coronavirus. With basic information and the latest data, you will be able to keep yourself safe and healthy. It is very necessary to understand the impact of this fatal virus on your health. Only then you will be completely ready to fight against COVID-19.
COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019 is the official name given to this pandemic by the World Health Organisation or WHO. Whopping 27, 441 people have died because of Coronavirus till now. Forty thousand plus patients have been infected by Corona. There is practically no vaccination or treatment available for COVID-19. Only those with strong immunity are coming out of the lethal disease. The rest are succumbing to death.
Symptoms of Coronavirus and reason of death:
COVID-19 shows no symptoms in the initial few days of infection. After a few days, the symptoms may show up like fatigue, cough, fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, and so on. As the virus deeply attacks the respiratory system, one may experience severe cough, high fever, difficulty to breath, pneumonia, and so on. Three out of four COVID-19 positive patients have experienced a lost sense of smell. With time, the virus affects the respiratory system completely, and patients die because of that.
Fatality of the virus:
The horrible fact is that the incubation period or the time from exposure to the virus to onset of symptoms may extend as long as a week. Hence, it is extremely necessary that you strictly follow self-quarantine and do not step out of your home. COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease, and it gets transmitted from one person to another via contact and touch. The droplets produced by an infected person while coughing or sneezing can be touched by any person who is nearby. So it is necessary to maintain social distancing. You need to sanitize each and every possible thing with alcohol-based sanitizers. And also, equally important is to avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, or nose.
The most vulnerable group:
Older adults, or those who are suffering from any type of chronic disease like diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or those who tend to smoke a lot, are vulnerable to this pandemic.
For how long does this virus survive in air or on a surface?
As per the latest research, Coronavirus can survive on copper surfaces for up to 4 hours on cardboard for around 24 hours and on stainless steel or plastic for around 2 to 3 days. Also, the deadly virus can float in the air for a maximum of 2-4 hours.
Impact on mental health:
Not only physically, but this pandemic is affecting people mentally too. The atmosphere of panic, fear, and uncertainty is playing with the psychology of many quarantined people. Besides, those who are under quarantine in the hospitals and health facilities and have been tested positive with COVID-19 are going through severe depression and stress. Coronavirus has brought a halt down to the personal and professional lives of people all across the globe. The isolation and physical distancing are affecting the relationships as well as work life.
The tremendous speed of rumors that are spreading across the internet is also a vital source of anxiety. Besides, people fear stigma, marginalization, and xenophobia. A lot of people are experiencing panic attacks, health anxiety, sleep disturbances, etc.
Countries like Italy are facing an extreme crisis of depletion of medical supplies. Even the health care personnel are exhausted and almost on the verge of giving up. People are fiercely competing against one another for health facilities and getting tested.
It is high time that we take the responsibility and take all the possible measures to make our society Corona free. As of now only social distancing is likely to keep ourselves and the rest of the world safe. Hoping towards a better future!