• Rachana Kadikar

COVID-19 Outbreak - About the virus

As of right now, it feels as if the entire world has stopped thanks to COVID-19, and in this post, I will be explaining everything you need to know about this virus. I am receiving all the information that I will be sharing from cdc.gov, and I recommend that you use that if you have any further questions about the outbreak and what to do.

What is COVID-19?

The World Health Organization states that COVID-19 stands for CO- Corona, VI - Virus, D- Disease, and the 19 originates from the fact that it emerged in 2019. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, and coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and animals. COVID-19, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV all occurred from the rare occasion that the virus spreads from animals such as camel, cattle, cats, and bats to humans.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is thought to be spread by respiratory droplets, which can come out when an infected person coughs or sneezes, etc, and is more likely to infect others if they are within 6-feet of each other. There is some evidence that points to the virus being less likely to transfer in warmer weather.

How to prevent getting COVID-19, as well as spreading it?

The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 is to practice isolation and avoid contact with others, especially those who are potentially effected. You should also wash your hands often, and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Try to wear any kind of mask when going to a public place, as you might have the virus even if you aren't showing any symptoms, and the spread should be avoided. You should cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, and then immediately wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer. Finally, you should clean and disinfect all high-contact surfaces daily to prevent the virus from spreading.

What should you do if you believe you have, or you've been tested to have COVID-19?

If you have been in close proximity with someone who you believe has been infected, or you are showing symptoms of the virus, you should take immediate action to prevent it from getting worse, and from spreading the virus further. The most important thing to do is stay home and rest, and most people can recover from a mild case just by staying home and resting. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated to help maintain your symptoms. Prevent yourself from spreading it other people in your home by wearing a mask, avoiding sharing utensils, washing your hands often, etc.

This is the main information that you need to know about the COVID-19 outbreak, and if you have any further questions, visit cdc.gov. I will be publishing more information soon, as well as any tips for staying home.