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All you need to know about COVID-19 to stay safe and prevent the spread

Corona virus is from a family of viruses that cause various illnesses, varying from common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These viruses were originally transmitted from animals to humans. 

The novel Coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities on January 7. The strain had not been previously identified in humans. The disease has already spread to more than 200,000 people, causing over 9,000 fatalities across the world. 

The symptoms of Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty in breathing. The virus can cause pneumonia or multiple organ failure, leading to death. Although the mortality rate is around 3.7% worldwide, the virus comes with an incubation period of 1-14 days, which makes it quite risky.

Incubation period is the time between the transmission of infection and the onset of symptoms. However, some patients can also be asymptomatic, making it difficult to track the spread of COVID-19, assert health practitioners at AMRI Hospital, one of the leading healthcare service providers in Eastern India  

Coronavirus can be prevented by taking the necessary precautions. It is important to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre from those coughing or sneezing can also help to some extents in preventing the spread.  

Health practitioners at AMRI Hospitals suggest to practice good respiratory hygiene by covering the mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue while coughing or sneezing. It is also important to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. 

The best way to deal with Coronavirus is to stay informed and follow the advice of healthcare authorities. People with symptoms of Coronavirus must seek medical attention immediately and follow the instructions of healthcare professionals religiously.