If you are at home reading this post, then take a bow for your contribution to the safety of the whole world! With the whole world in the deadly clutches of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it is highly crucial to take all measures to ensure your own safety as well as that of others.
One of the most important weapons in the battle against COVID-19 is self-isolation. Although, as social animals, it may be highly difficult for us to cut out social interaction and contact with the outer world. The mere thought of sitting at home unable to go outside, even for a casual walk in the neighborhood, can be pretty excruciating.
However, the need of the hour calls for everyone to stay at their homes for the safety of many valuable lives all over the world.
What causes COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus disease is caused by a newly discovered member of the larger family of coronaviruses, generally responsible for illnesses such as common cold and flu. The virus, SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), is supposed to have originated in animals and infected humans through food.
Why Is It Important to Stay Home?
In order to understand how staying at home can save lives during the coronavirus pandemic, you need to know how the disease spreads! The symptoms of COVID-19 don’t appear until after 2 to 14 days after infection. Therefore, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients i.e., patients who have been infected but don’t know about it, can spread the infection to others easily by coming in contact.
Imagine an infected patient taking public transportation, visiting the mall, going to the cinema, and sipping a cup of coffee at a café frequented by many locals! Without their knowledge, the patient would have spread the infection at all the places and put much life at risk. So, it is crucial to recognize the initial symptoms of COVID-19 and stay at home, if you find any symptoms, for the safety of others.
The general symptoms of COVID-19 include the following.
- High body temperature.
- New continuous cough.
- Itchy throat.
- Difficulty in breathing.
What to Do If I Notice the Symptoms?
If you find any of the following symptoms, then please make sure to follow the precautions mentioned below.
- Stay at home for seven days from when you first started noticing the symptoms. If you live in a household, then the other members should stay at home for 14 days from the day when you notice the symptoms. If any member of the household shows symptoms, they should also stay at home for 7 days, irrespective of the day they are in the 14-day period. If the symptoms are getting worse, call NHS 111!
- If possible, take high-risk individuals such as pregnant women, children, and elderly people outside to stay with friends or family during the isolation period. If moving them is not possible, then maintain a safe distance from them at all times.
- Don’t visit a hospital, pharmacy, or GP surgery immediately after noticing the symptoms. The key is to stay calm and don’t stress about the testing process.
- Get all the help you can from friends, family, and your employer for staying at home and carry out your daily tasks and responsibilities.
Please remember all the above-mentioned pointers and follow them properly to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Everyone is a soldier in this battle against coronavirus, and a collective effort is what we need exactly to defeat our common nemesis.
Stay at Home, Save the World!