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Covid-19 Information

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

Prevention

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

COVID-19 Corona Virus India – Useful Links

Infection Updates (India)

International Updates & Relevant Links

Relevant Helplines

  • Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046
  • Helpline Number Toll free: 1075
  • MyGov Whatsapp Number: +91 9013151515
  • WHO Whatsapp Number: +41 79 893 18 92
  • Helpline Email ID 1: ncov2019 [at] gov [dot] in
  • Helpline Email ID 2: ncov2019 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Download complete state wise helpline numbers here

Lockdown Updates

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Other Resources

Precautions

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  • Social Distancing – Just stay away physically from people. We are social people, we want to do it, but do it from a distance as large you can maintain. Digitally is best.
  • Wash Hands Often – Washing with soap is best. If you have to be outside i.e. you are a service person, maintain a hand sanitizer.
  • Use Masks, Avoid Spread – Cough into handkerchief or hands or elbow or anywhere but not out in the open. Just make sure you are trapping those nasty droplets into something which you can wash or discard later. Wear Masks
  • Listen to Authorities – Let’s stick with what authorities are telling us, we are all in this together. Viruses are not biased towards anyone, they are not self aware, they are not conscious, some scientists argue they are not even living things.
  • Maintain Calm – There is tremendous panic, fear mongering, and negativity on social media especially from people whose job is political discourse. Don’t stress and don’t indulge too much into that right now.

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