By the end of 2019, there was an outbreak that was said to have originated in Wuhan, China, and now that it is here and is wreaking havoc on all of our lives, it is imperative to have an in-depth understanding of what it is and how to prevent it. Especially for the weak hearts (quite literally), it is even important for you to not come in contact with it even remotely. There are a lot of myths flying around and we’re here just to prove them wrong. Keep reading for more!
Symptoms-Effects on Normal Subjects
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild sickness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. It is also uncertain how long the virus takes to show symptoms. A study showed that the median incubation period (the middle number of days between maximum and minimum, and usually the most likely number in a ‘bell-shaped curve’) was 5.1 days and 97.5% of people who develop symptoms will have got them within 11.5 days.
Although the symptoms differ from person to person and how the symptoms to check for if you think you might be affected are:
· symptoms such as coughing, a sore throat and fatigue
· shortness of breath
The symptoms might be severe if they are for a heart patient.
Effects on Heart Patients
Well, not to frighten you but there is no other person at a higher risk of concurring with coronavirus than the one already suffering from a cardiovascular disorder.
If you have had a stroke, stent, heart attack or a bypass surgery in the past, it is really necessary for you to be wary of it and take utmost care because you are definitely at an increased risk of catching the virus even with minimal contact. Even if you have diabetes, your risk for being infected is slightly higher than the rest.
There are separate categories for the same:
· For those who have had a transplant and the ones who are pregnant and have a heart or kidney-related disease are at very high risk of their cases becoming severe. They should practice 6 weeks self-quarantine.
· For those who have weak hearts and have respiratory disorders because of the same or the ones that have congenital heart diseases, or have recently had a bypass surgery etc. have increased risk of having mild cases of coronavirus. They should practice at least three weeks’ sel-quarantine.
· For those who have had heart issues in the distant past, their risk of being affected with coronavirus is the same as the general public. They should practice 3 weeks self-quarantine.
Prevention & Cure – So what exactly to do now?
With all this negativity going around it is tough for us to look at the better side of it but along with all of it, this too is a fact that the majority of cases have been put to rest and for good! Even though we still don’t have a vaccine for the same, the salt hydroxychloroquine has been developed to help fight Coronavirus.
And there is no reason to at all lose hope and succumb to this. We will fight this and come about as winners and ever as stronger. There are ways you can prevent it before it even happens. How, you ask? Let us break it down for you:
· Wash your hands frequently for at least about 20 seconds.
· Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth when your hands are dirty.
· Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow whenever you sneeze or cough. Throw away any tissues you use right away.
· Stay at least 3 ft (1 meter) away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
· Clean any objects you touch a lot. Use disinfectants on objects like phones, computers, utensils, dishware, and doorknobs.
· Practice self-quarantine for as long as you think the situation will talk to calm down. Take each day at a time.
· Your government ain’t stupid. Listen to them and adhere to the lockdown.
· DO NOT trust WhatsApp forwards.
· Always go to CDC or WHO’s website for reliable information.
· Calm down and breathe if you already have coronavirus. Remind yourself it is curable.
Stay safe and let’s get this with a smile!