Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses; while some coronaviruses affect only animals, a few others can also affect humans. It is very likely that all of us have been infected by coronavirus at some point in our life. The symptoms of a coronavirus can range from a mild cold to flu like symptoms to moderate and severe upper-respiratory infections. The SARS epidemic (severe acute respiratory syndrome) was also caused by coronavirus. Coronavirus is also known to affect the gut and hence some patients may suffer from diarrhoea.
The current situation is caused by COVID 19.
Coronavirus infections typically spike up during winter months as the virus can thrive in cold temperatures. So, people typically suffer from cold due to coronavirus in the months that are cold. The immunity is short lived and so we fall prey to cold and flu again.
Sneezing & Coughing
Shortness of Breath
COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.
In perfectly healthy individuals the coronavirus infection may go away with minor symptoms. Coronavirus can be tested with a nasal swab or a blood test.
Currently the testing for Coronavirus is undertaken by select government institutions including the AIIMS and National Institute of Virology, Pune
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. Medical care can help to relieve the symptoms. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not travelled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low.
However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.
People with no respiratory symptoms, such as cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. WHO recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone (at home or in a health care facility).
People who are infected with COVID 19 or have flu like symptoms should wear a mask so that they do not spread the infection. Masks help in keeping the droplets in but does not help in keeping the droplets out. That is, if you are healthy and using a mask, you are at more risk to carry an infection than if you are not wearing a mask.
The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:
In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider.
Please see the below guidelines and this applies to you if you fall under the following parameters
For patients who fall under the above parameters, we will serve you at home and ensure that your safety is fully ensured whilst you get all your blood tests and diagnosis done. All your samples will be collected by our phlebotomists who are well equipped with protective equipment. We will follow the guidelines laid down by ICMR and the Ministry of Health.
This is an extremely important precaution and we sincerely request all our patients to take these measures. Please call us on this number for any queries: 8422 801 801