COVID-19 is a disease caused by the “novel corona virus”. Common symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Breathing difficulty

Some patients also have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhoeaAbout 80% of confirmed cases recover from the disease without any serious complications. However, one out of every six people who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill* and develop difficulty in breathing. In more severe cases, infection can cause severe pneumonia and other complications which can be treated only at higher level facilities (District Hospitals and above). In a few cases it may even cause death.

Which group of people are at higher risk of getting infected?

  • People who have travelled to other countries in last 14 days and their family members.
  • People coming from other states if they have been working with people who travelled to other countries in last 14 days.
  • Family members and contacts of patients confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • People older than 60 years of age and people with medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, respiratory disease/asthma, cancer or diabetes are at higher risk for developing serious complications..

Key messages to spread for prevention of COVID-19

  • Practice Social Distancing

    • Avoid gatherings such as melas, haats, gatherings in religious places, social functions etc.
    • Maintain a safe distance of at least one Metre between you and other people when in public places, especially if they are having symptoms such as cough, fever etc. to avoid direct droplet contact.
    • Stay at home as much as possible.Avoid physical contact like handshakes, hand holding or hugs.
    • Avoid touching surfaces such as table tops, chairs, door handles etc.
  • Practice good hygiene

    • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water
      1. After coming home from outside or meeting other people especially if they are ill.
      2. After having touched your face, coughing or sneezing.
      3. Before preparing food, eating or feeding children.
      4. Before and after using toilet, cleaning etc.
    • While coughing or sneezing cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief. Wash the handkerchief at least daily.
    • It is preferable to cough/sneeze into your bent elbow rather than your palms.