Everyone’s talking about the new Coronavirus aka COVID-19 outbreak and it’s becoming more serious day by day. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. The disease was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It actually is a virus that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiration problems. It is an easily-transmittable disease, which makes it more hazardous. The disease is not incurable, but many serious cases have led to death making COVID-19 one of the deadliest of all. The risk of death is only higher in older people, aging 60 or above.
COVID-19 is still affecting most people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. The latest international news channels confirm that European Nations are witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases, Italy reaming the hardest-hit country in Europe. Even the World Health Organization has declared Europe as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the context of Nepal, all suspected cases have resulted negative till today except for one, which already has been recovered. Even though the cases are zero, we need to be safe and keep others safe as well.
Here we have listed the common symptoms of COVID-19 and some effective safety measures to prevent the disease from spreading.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Breathing Difficulties
- Regular hand wash
- Maintain Social Distance (at least 3 feet)
- Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a bent elbow
- Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth Frequently
- Avoid Unnecessary Travel
- Stay Informed and follow advice from your healthcare experts
- Evade Crowded Places and Public Gathering
Why is there so much panic?
The COVID-19 virus is new and when a virus is new, there is uncertainty as to how it may affect people. The lack of verified facts and floating rumors can be blamed for so much panic in the current situation.
COVID-19 is Curable.
According to experts, most of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated with timely medical care. Almost 80% of people have mild symptoms and recover from the disease within 2 weeks.
Cold vs Flu vs Coronavirus
How to make your own DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer at home
COVID-19 spreads through human contact and one of the most effective ways to curb its spread is by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer. At times like these, where our health comes first before anything else, we really cannot take any kind of risk. The market price of many goods and products are going high and the goods are selling like crazy. Demand for hand sanitizers has shot through the roof in the wake of the coronavirus, and if you’re running low, you can easily make some at home. Here is how.
Items you need:
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Essential Oils for Scent (Optional)
- A basic Funnel
- Tiny Containers
The Rubbing Alcohol is what makes your hand sanitizer effective to kill the viruses. There needs to be 60% rubbing alcohol in the sanitizer to be operative. Therefore, you need to pour 2/3 of rubbing alcohol and 1/3 of Aloe Vera gel in a bowl. You can purchase both ingredients from pharmacies. Then, you can add a few drops of essential oil in case you want your hand sanitizer to smell great. Mix the ingredients well and pour it into a spray bottle or you can use tiny silicone tubes. Use a funnel while pouring it in the container. It will ease things out for you. And there you have it, your own homemade natural Hand Sanitizer.
We cannot ignore the fact that this is a truly global problem, the one that requires truly global solutions. We are at a critical COVID-19 situation and we all need to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe. Let’s follow all the safety measures recommended by our health professionals and be serious about the outbreak.
If you develop the above symptoms, seek medical advice ASAP and avoid human contacts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only together we can make this world a better, safer place again.