Currently, the world has witnessed the outbreak of numerous various viruses such as Zika, Mers, Ebola, Nipah and the most recently Corona. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)is a virus that hampers the immune system of the human body and leads to diseases such as common cold, cough, headache and fever to severe disorders such as Mers-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Now the world even Turkey is under the new strain of the same virus, called Novel Coronavirus has been recently found in humans which were previously unidentified. Turkey has reported 1,872 cases and 44 deaths so far as on 25 March 2020.

The spread of the latest virus is recognized as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19),which is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov 2) has led to the destruction among humans.

How Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads? 

Coronavirus disease is a communicable disease and primarily spread through contact with an infected person coughs or sneezes. Even the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)also gets transferred when an infected person touches a surface or object leaving the virus on it and when a healthy person touches that surface and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth, the person also gets infected of the virus.

What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus disease?

The major symptoms of Coronavirus disease are shortness of breath, dry cough, fever, fatigue and pneumonia and multi-organ failure in severe cases of the infection. People infected with the Coronavirus disease may be sick for 1 to 14 days before these symptoms become noticeable. Most people recover from the disease without any medical help.

More rarely, the disease can be fatal or serious. Younger population below 10 and the older people above 60 are more prone so if infected with the Covid-19 requires the medical treatment as if not treated timely the stage of the disease changes making the person severely ill.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms 

People may experience:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing (severe cases)

What are the Preventive Measures to avoid contracting the virus? 

Since scientists and doctors have not yet come up with vaccines to prevent CoronavirusCOVID-19, it is best to take the necessary preventive measures to avoid getting infected with the virus.

Wash hands frequently

After touching any surface wash your hand thoroughly for 20 seconds. You can make use of alcohol-based sanitizers or soap to wash your hand to kill the bacteria and viruses that might be on your hands.

Stay away from sick people

If you are above 60 years then avoid any close contact with someone who is coughing or sneezing, or have a fever or showing other flu-like symptoms.  Older generation is more prone to the disease. In case you are getting in contact with any sick people wash your hands. Stay at home and avoid traveling in public transport.

Don’ touch your nose, eyes, or mouth. 

Your hands touch many things and surfaces unconsciously that may have viruses, germs or bacteria on them. The contaminated hands can transfer those microbes to your body through your nose, eyes, and mouth that can make you sick.

Follow good hygiene 

You should follow good respiratory hygiene, such as covering your mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing.

 Seek Medical Help 

If you have fever, cough or you notice any of the symptoms Coronavirus disease (COVID-19),don’t ignore but seek the medical care immediately. Even the emergency helpline numbers are also available on which you can get help from the experts by discussing your symptoms.

Follow these easy steps against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for at least 2-3 weeks whether living in Turkey or anywhere in the world and stay updated with the information provided by the local public healthcare authority to keep yourself safe and healthy.