1. What is corona virus?
Ans: Corona viruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
2. What is COVID-19?
Ans: 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.
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Ans: The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose or sore throat. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people recover from the disease without needing any special treatment.
4. How does COVID-19 spread?
Ans: 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, sneezes 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.
5. What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
Ans: You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID19 by taking some simple precautions:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol based hand rub.
Maintain at least 1-2 metre (3-6 feet) distance with others. Use cloth mask while going out from unit/ while travelling. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
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.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing then seek medical attention.
6. How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
Ans: It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. Studies suggest that corona viruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.
TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR PERSONNEL RETURNING FROM LEAVE/TD
- 1. Do clean your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer during travel.
- 2. Avoid crowded places and close interaction with others.
- 3. Do not shake hands or hug others.
- 4. Do not unnecessarily touch doors handles, trolleys, stairways and escalator handles.
- 5. Wear clean cloth mask while travelling.
- 6. Use handkerchief or tissue paper while coughing/sneezing.
- 7. Do not share food and water. Do not eat/drink from same utensils/bottles.
- 8. Avoid touching nose, mouth and eyes unnecessarily.
DO S AND DON’T S FOR PREVENTION OF COVID 19
|Cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing||Touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands|
|Frequently wash your hands with soap and water||Hugging, kissing and shaking hands|
|Avoid crowded places and mass gatherings||Spitting in public places|
|Stay more than 1-2 metre (3-6 feet) distance from persons sick with cough and cold||Taking medicines without consulting doctor|
|Take adequate sleep and rest||Disposal of used napkins or tissue papers in open area|
|Eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water/liquids||Touching surfaces usually used by public (railing, door gates)|
|Use cloth mask while going out/travelling||Undergoing unnecessary lab investigations|
|Seek medical care and report to AMA if having cough and cold||Unnecessary panicking|
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