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The novel coronavirus disease began as a handful of a mysterious illness in Wuhan (China), and later it spread to various parts of the world. With many human lives lost due to the pandemic, many countries around the globe are taking precautionary measures.
While scientists are trying to find a no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the government is urging people to follow the safety measures. Several countries have imposed travel bans and lockdown to control the spread of infections. Work from home has become the norm for working professionals, and schools are shifting to virtual classes.
In the event of an epidemic, it is common to see people wearing face masks to protect themselves from getting infected. It is a crucial time when everyone should safeguard against this dangerous and contagious disease. It is also essential to have accurate medical information about the disease to stay safe.
So, here is a complete guide to help you stay safe.
COVID- 19 (CO stands for corona, VI stands for the virus, and D stands for disease, and it came into existence in 2019 and thus known as COVID- 19) is also known as novel coronavirus disease. It is referred to as novel coronavirus as a permanent name has not been given to it yet.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that infects humans, animals, and birds, resulting in acute respiratory illnesses. It can also lead to more severe diseases such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and SARS. The virus spreads through the air and leads to infection in the nose, sinuses, or upper throat.
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Coronavirus spreads in the following ways:
Some of the common symptoms shown by a person infected by Coronavirus include:
In the worst cases, it can even lead to death.
A lab test is recommended for detecting the presence of coronavirus in the body. The tests are conducted on the samples of sputum, serum, or blood of a person reporting symptoms.
Individuals and their family members can go for a test at the authorized laboratories in their respective cities. The central government has authorised private laboratories that have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR RNA to conduct a test for novel coronavirus.
The National Task Force recommends that the cost of the test should not exceed Rs. 4500. The total cost is segregated as Rs. 1500 for the screening test and Rs. 3000 for a confirmation test.
There are two testing methods for COVID-19 – viral tests and antibody tests. The following tests can help in knowing if a person is coronavirus positive:
The virus can infect people of all age groups. People who have been in contact with an infected person or those who have travelled recently to the high-risk areas must be watchful. Senior citizens and those having a pre-existing medical condition face higher risks.
At present, there is no vaccination or anti-viral drugs available for this new type of Coronavirus. The people getting infected by this virus are given supportive care to provide them relief from symptoms and protect damage to vital organs. Those who suspect they have symptoms of coronavirus illness should immediately seek medical attention.
It is vital to follow the safety measures and maintain social distancing, which would help in flattening the curve. Besides, getting protection in the form of a health insurance cover is of utmost importance in the present times.
Getting hospitalized for any ailment leads to huge expenditure for a medical treatment which is why we suggest you should be equipped with health insurance plans for a family. Buy a comprehensive health insurance plan for your family from Care Health Insurance offering treatment cover for coronavirus disease.
^^Number of Cashless Healthcare Providers as of 30th June 2023
**Number of Claims Settled as of 31st May 2023
Disclaimer: The above information is only for reference purposes. Underwriting of claims for COVID-19 is subject to policy terms and conditions.
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