"What is coronavirus"? This was the most asked question of 2020. As COVID-19, the illness caused by a new kind of coronavirus is spreading fast, you must be armed with the correct information about it and how you can prevent it. While fear is normal during these testing times, staying informed from reliable sources is a great way to allay your doubts. Thus, it is critical that you know everything there is to know about COVID-19.
Here are the answers to most frequently asked questions on COVID-19.
What is COVID19?
COVID-19 is a contagious illness that is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It can spread from one infected person to another healthy person. Coronaviruses are viruses that are found among animals with some of them also known to infect humans.
How does it spread?
It spreads just like the common cold. It mainly spreads from one person to another person, especially when they are in close contact. It also spreads through the respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?<
Some of the common COVID-19 symptoms are:
- Breathing difficulty
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
How can I protect myself?
There are several ways in which you can reduce your chances of getting infected or spreading COVID-19. Here are some simple precautions that you should follow
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water
- Use a hand sanitizer
- Practice social distancing. Keep 3 feet distance between yourself and others, especially anyone showing signs of illness such as coughing or sneezing.
- It is best not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands. Before touching them, make sure you wash your hands because your hand touches many surfaces and can pick up the virus.
- Make sure people around you use a tissue, mask & hanker-chief to properly cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.
- Stay indoors
- Avoid large gatherings
- Teach your children to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly. Make sure they stay indoors
Who is at risk?
People who are above the age of 65 and those who have weak immune systems are at higher risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19. Also, people of all ages with medical conditions like chronic lung disease, diabetes, asthma, heart conditions and liver diseases are also at high risk of falling severely ill after contracting COVID-19.
Is it true that garlic and saltwater can prevent COVID-19?
There are several myths that are circling on social media. However, we advise you not to fall for them. Some of the common myths are: parcels from China can spread COVID-19, home remedies can cure COVID-19 and you can catch coronavirus by eating Chinese food. All these are unfounded myths. If you want to keep yourself updated with coronavirus related news, it is best to follow trusted websites.
At, SBI General Insurance, we urge you to stay indoors, stay informed and alert. It is just as essential that you take the necessary precautions of updating your Health Insurance Plans, ensuring you have adequate coverage. Remember to consult your doctor if your notice any coronavirus symptoms. Disclaimer: The above information is indicative in nature. For more details on the risk factor, terms and conditions, please refer to the Sales Brochure and Policy Wordings carefully before concluding a sale.