On one hand the world is flipping out with the fear and anxiousness due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and on the other hand, the internet is getting flooded with reports related to it. With the social media spreading fake news as well, it becomes difficult for people to know which piece of information is a fact and which is false.
To help organizations and people achieve better employee wellness and holistic health, respectively, during these worrisome lockdown times, we have complied and put together a couple of reliable sources from across the web.
So, what exactly is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a transmittable disease that spreads from one infected person to another through the mucus and saliva droplets. It affects the respiratory organs, and has symptoms similar to that of cold and flu. Older people and the ones with different medical ailments like chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are more prone to the pandemic.
The most common symptoms include –
- Mild to moderate respiratory illness
- Dry cough
- Cold and running nose
- Sore throat
- Fatigue and nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pains
If you have mild symptoms, make sure you self-isolate yourself, and contact your physician or the COVID-19 information line for assistance. If you have serious symptoms or have difficulty in breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
Basic Protective Measures Against The Coronavirus
It has been found that many people who are infected with the coronavirus can still be asymptomatic for a long time, and so it is very likely that may appear healthy. However, since they carry the virus, they can spread it.
To protect yourself from getting infected, it is important to follow the basic protective guidelines.
Here are simple preventive measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease.
- Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds with a hand wash and water.
- In the absence of soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose after touching public objects.
- Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing; Use a tissue or discard it in the dustbin.
- Maintain social distancing and avoid physical contact with outsiders, especially if they are unwell.
- Use a mask and gloves if you are going out of the house or meeting outsiders.
(Do not have a mask? Here is an instruction guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make your own protective mask at home)
7. Clean the objects that are used frequently, like – mobile phones, laptops, computers, door handles, remotes, and other surfaces, and disinfect them carefully.
8. Adopt healthy routine habits for better immunity, and a healthy body and mind. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes daily, sleep well, limit smoking and alcohol consumption, and relax your mind to keep stress at bay.
Despite following the protective guidelines, there is always some anxiousness lingering around, and with the remote working conditions entailing people to handle multiple responsibilities together, it might add to the mental stress.
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Other useful COVID-19 resources and related information
A lot of new information about the coronavirus updates being released daily. Kindly avoid getting stressed by reading or watching any unverified pieces of news. We recommend following the below listed reliable resources to know about the new data and materials –
- Updates and information about COVID-19 from WHO
- Basic preventive measure materials from the World Health Organization (WHO)
- COVID-19 Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Situation Summary of the coronavirus in the USA from CDC
- CDC – FAQs and other information about Travel during COVID-19
- Information from John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center