*This blog is specific to India. For information on helplines available in your country please visit your official government website.
Coronavirus is the biggest pandemic to ever hit this planet. Every day it seems like we’ve entered into a dystopian movie. But unlike movies, it’s not with guns and swords we fight this virus. The biggest weapons the common man has against COVID-19 is the ability to stay in quarantine and to be safe and aware. So, in our quest to do exactly that, stay at home and take a look at these important things you need to know during this pandemic:
1. Have you been exposed?
If you’ve been in close contact with a sick person you have very high chances of getting infected. Close contact means:
● Sharing living space with a sick person with COVID-19,
● Taking care a sick person with COVID-19,
● Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 patient for about 10 minutes, OR
● Being in contact with the secretions of a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being sneezed on, coughed on, sharing utensils, etc.).
Even if you have not been close with a COVID-19 patient, keep taking precautions and monitoring your health and stay at home and away from others as much as you can.
2. What to do if you suspect you’ve had contact with someone with COVID-19 but are not feeling sick?
Keep monitoring your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath. Self quarantine yourself for up to 14 days. Stay away from even your family members.
Avoid public places for 15-20 days. If you feel any symptoms, call your local hospital and ask for advice. CALL. DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT NOTICE. You may also call the central government’s helpline 011-2397 8046 or search for your state’s helpline number here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf3. What should you do if you’re feeling sick?
If you experience symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if they are mild), you may have COVID-19. Isolate yourself completely. Don’t have contact with anyone. Don’t hide your symptoms or ignore them. If you are aged over 60 years or older, or are pregnant, or have a pre-existing medical condition, CALL YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. They will guide you through further procedures. Until they arrive, stay in isolation and don’t touch anything. You may also call the central government’s helpline 011-2397 8046 or search for your state’s helpline number here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf
Your local hospital will decide if you need to be evaluated in person or tested. Currently there are no medications or vaccinations to treat COVID-19.DO NOT try to hide your symptoms: fever, cough, or breathing difficulties. If you have signs of a Covid-19 infection, have travelled to a country with cases of corona or think you’ve been in contact with a suspected or confirmed patient, PLEASE SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY. Call the Centre’s 24×7 helpline — 011-2397 8046 — or a state helplinehttps://www.mohfw.gov.in/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf, so that the doctors’ can determine if you should be tested.