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Stay safe in India

The massive global outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus originated in China, is reported across multiple countries. World Health Organization (WHO)declared the outbreak a global health emergency. The WHO announced an official name for this disease as COVID-19.
As per Situation Report – 23 from World Health
Organization dated 12 February 2020, this outbreak has infected more than 45,000 people globally and it continues to spread. Out of this, almost 44,700 cases are from China itself. The death toll has increased to 1,115, out of which 1,114 deaths are from China.
The virus can pass from person to person; hence it is mandatory to follow precautions and stay safe.

Recommendations and advice for the public to reduce exposure and transmission of this illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices 
    The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever.
    If you have any of the symptoms listed here, please have yourself examined from a Medical Professional at the earliest.