The new coronavirus strain was traced from the UK and South Africa, which is said to be more contagious and has higher odds of spreading infection. The government of India stated that the new strains of the virus causing COVID-19 have been detected in India. It is also noted that there are no theories to suggest that these strains are responsible for a surge in COVID-19 in India.
The new strain of COVID-19 is harsher because different age groups of people are facing different kinds of symptoms. New research have found that the risk of dying from this new strain of COVID-19 has risen by a whopping 33%.
The symptoms of COVID-19 differ from person to person. Infected people develop a mild illness while some need hospitalization. The most common symptoms that can be reviewed till now are fever, dry cough, and uneasiness. Some people also developed aches and pains throughout the body and have sore throats. Loss of taste is also one of the symptoms to detect COVID-19. The least common problems faced are diarrhea, headache, and rashes on the skin. These symptoms are also common during cough and cold or viral flu, therefore people usually don’t understand how to differentiate.
Some serious symptoms need immediate medical help like difficulty in breathing and chest pain. Because of its common symptoms, it takes 5-6 days to show whether the person is infected or not. It’s also seen that in some cases it takes 14 days to detect the virus. Older people with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get infected with this virus. Keeping in mind that this virus has undetected and common symptoms, it is better to seek emergency medical help and get tested.
Knowing COVID-19 is a contagious virus is an important first step in not only taking care of yourself but also of people near you. If you are aware of any person near you who is showing any symptoms of this virus, then maintain a distance from them and contact for medical help for them immediately.
Sneezing in public places, touching things while infected, and not maintaining social distancing will increase the chances of spreading the virus to many people. Various theories and facts are still unknown about the causes of COVID-19. To play it safe, it is better to take care of yourself by abiding by all the precautionary norms of COVID-19.
The COVID -19 vaccine was launched in India on 16 January 2021. The first group vaccinated were healthcare and frontline workers; the second group to receive the COVID-19 vaccines were people over 60 years of age. One such vaccine available in India is Covaxin. It is to be taken as a 2 dose series in a gap of 21 days. Voluntarily getting vaccinated is advisable so as to protect oneself against the virus and also to limit its spread. Until and unless you get your report, it is advisable to stay in isolation.
Clinical trials and researches are enough to show that vaccines are effective against COVID-19. Even when vaccinated, there is a possibility of spreading the infection to others while you might be safe. Therefore continue wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands frequently and maintaining social distancing. Till now a total of 39.3 million doses have been given in India. In these uncertain times, it’s extremely important to take care of yourself and your loved ones and connect with a doctor if necessary.