Hello everyone. It’s been a year to see you here. I hope all are fine and enjoying self-quarantine at home for the pandemic Covid 19 emergency. Since there are fear, anxiety, and stress all around, I wanted to talk to you through my blog.
First of all, what is Covid 19? It is the Corona Virus Disease outbreak in 2019. As it is similar to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, 2003), it is also known as SARS Cov 2.
What are the symptoms? As you are already aware it will progress through these three steps.
Now let us discuss in detail. In any viral disease, it is your immune system that fights through and saves you. And remember antibacterial therapies are not the medicines for viral diseases. They are there to prevent secondary bacterial infections. That is all.
Remember? When you get flu, the Doctor does not prescribe you antibiotics; still, you get cured after a few days. All thanks to your own immune system. It keeps you healthy on a daily basis by fighting all kinds of deadly pathogens. So the first thing is to keep your immune system very very strong. Complete reading this article to know how to keep our immune system healthy.
Why there is so much panicking situation if our immune system is going to take care? Because of the fact that this is very new to us and to our immune system too and it is spreading very fast then we can study and develop vaccines against it. Let us know a bit in detail about this virus and then we will discuss a bit more why it is dangerous.
Coronaviruses are enveloped and single-stranded RNA having club-shaped spikes giving the shape of Solar Corona justifies the name “CORONA”. This is a non-segmented and positive-sense RNA virus which makes it less dangerous (segmented and negative sense viruses are more dangerous). Feeling happy??
It comes from the family Coronavidae having types α (alpha), β (beta), δ (delta), and γ (gamma). Most of the viruses affect animals. According to scientists SARS Cov 2 is a mutated form from snake and bat. So if you are not eating those live, you are mostly out of danger.
IT DOES NOT TRANSMIT FROM CHICKEN, MUTTON, FISH, EGG, AND MILK. So no need to panic and nonvegetarians can stay nonvegetarian. PETS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS ALSO DOES NOT TRANSMIT VIRUSES. PLEASE DON’T ABANDON THEM. The coronavirus that affects Dogs and Cats are from the type alpha. SARS Cov 2 is of Beta type. SARS Cov is also a beta type.
A little bit about the pathway of infection of the SARS Cov 2. It infects in the lungs through the ACE II (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme II) receptors. It causes damage to the lungs and the macrophages in the lungs which later progress to pneumonia. For this stage, you need the ventilator to give rest to the patient’s lungs for recovering. In Italy this was the challenge that the number of cases were so high, the number of Doctors and the number of ventilators were very low and rapidness of the disease; which caused this many deaths. People who are old, having diabetes, on immunosuppressant drugs and hypertension are more likely to be suffering more and because of the following reasons:
- Immunosuppressant drugs suppress the immune system therefore there body could not fight the infection.
- Generally, old people do not have a strong immune system.
- It is assumed that Antihypertensive drugs contain ACE I inhibitors, therefore, leading the increasing of the ACE II receptors in the body and therefore leading to an increase in the severity of the infection.
It is a relief that the mortality rate is very low. In other countries, it is 2% (varies countrywide). In other words, you no need to worry much but “Prevention is better than Cure”.
Wash your hands frequently
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
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.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
For boosting our immune system, we can practice some of the following good habits:
- Take citrus fruits because it contains Vit c
- Drink green tea and milk with turmeric in it.
- Take Spinach, Broccoli, Yoghurt, Ginger, and garlic. Research says it contains Vit C which helps in boosting your immune system.
- Do yoga and Pranayam and meditation (I strongly believe that meditation trains our mind to stay strong and it helps your body cells to fight against any pathogen.)
- If you are a nonvegetarian, you can take the chicken soup. It helps in boosting your immune system.
- Taking Ocimum (Tulsi) with Honey and Ginger also boosts our immune system.
So no need to panic. But we have to be responsible citizens to follow the WHO guidelines to stay healthy and keep our surroundings healthy so that we can fight it together.
Healthy habits every day keeps CORONA away
I hope you enjoyed this article and it was of some help. Spread knowledge by reading, sharing, discussing the article. If you have any doubts about this article, please comment in the comment section. Stay healthy and strong. I wish to see you all soon with a new topic. Till then stay healthy and enjoy. Thank you for reading.