Corona Virus - Its Effects, Symptoms, Protection, Prevention
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Corona virus - Its Effects, Symptoms, Protection, Prevention

Here comes another dreaded virus with no cure, 'the Corona', also known as 2019-nCoV, The virus got its name from its shape like a crown with protrusions around it.

This one is also airborne like swine flu and is spreading very fast with a rapid rise in the number of people infected. The incubation period of the coronavirus, the length of time before symptoms appear, is between one and 14 days.

Let us take a look at the effects, symptoms, protection, and prevention of the Coronavirus.

1..EFFECTS

  •  The disease is so fast spreading that it has been declared a medical emergency by the WHO and all countries are taking steps to contain its spread. The United States, Australia and many other countries have barred Chinese immigrants and tourists and also tourists from other affected areas from entering their countries.
  • Some other countries have advised their own nationals who are coming from international borders specially China to go in for self-quarantine. As symptoms of the dreaded disease take any time between 1to 14 days to surface.
  • Self-quarantine of 14 days is important because it is quite possible that the symptoms may not surface at all and the person may be infected.
  • All this is causing a panic among people and governments, resulting in economic setbacks.
  • It could have a negative impact globally affecting the tourism, entertainment, and hospitality industry.
  • According to reports Chinese and Hong Kong stocks have plunged.

2..Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough specially dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Running nose
  • Sneezing
  • pneumonia like symptoms
  • severe cute respiratory syndrome,
  • difficulty in breathing

3..Protection, Prevention

Since it is an airborne disease taking the usual precautions is recommended like the ones given below.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who show symptoms of common flu.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

In addition some extra cautionary methods are also recommended like:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you happen to touch your face then wash hands immediately.
  • Avoid going to crowded places like cinema halls , crowded trains and busses etc
  • Try not to touch seat covers of taxis and cabs and if you do touch them avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, eyes with the same unwashed hands.
  • As it all started with non -vegetarian food do not go to animal markets or markets where meat is sold.
  • Do not go to slaughter house of animals birds and fish.
  • Avoid the use of milk and milk products. Avoid taking non vegetarian food, poultry products, eggs.
  • Avoid touching farm and Zoo animals wash hands immediately if you have come in contact with these animals.

Some more methods of prevention that claim to be very effective say that as this virus grips the area where it is lodged (throat) do not let the throat go dry . Keep throat tongue, and mouth moist by sipping warm water frequently. This will see to it that the virus does not get a hold or grip in your respiratory region. The authenticity of this claim is not confirmed as this point is not included in the list issued by the government of India health department.

Cure

As of now there is no vaccine available for the cure of this disease.

There is only scope of prevention by the methods given above namely personal hygiene, avoidance of contact eg in crowded places , change in dietary habits viz avoidance of non-vegetarian food and milk and poultry products and keeping yourself and your respiratory track moist and hydrated by sipping warm water intermittently. Non vegetarian food if has to be consumed due to unavoidable circumstances should not be undercooked.

There are some cures provided by the Ayurveda method of medicine and Homeopathy that claim coronavirus patients can be cured.

  • Homeopathy has the following medicines and methods:

Arsenicum album 30 could be taken as a prophylactic medicine against Coronavirus infections, which has also been advised for prevention. It has recommended one doze of Arsenicum album 30, daily on an in empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month, by following the same schedule in case Coronavirus infections prevail in the community," a statement said.

ARSENIC ALB 30 daily morning 4 pills and evening 4 pills for 5 days

No medicine on 6th day

PHOSPHORUS 30 on 7th day morning 4 pills.

  • Daily use of the following Homoeo Mother Tinctures also will help to prevent and cure the disease. To be used in the following way for 15 days. 

1. OCIMUM SANCTUM Mother Tincture ( extract of Krishna Tulasi ).
Drink morning 10 drops and evening 10 drops with 3 tea spoons of water.
2. TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA Mother Tincture ( extract of Amrita balli in Kannada and Thippa theega in Telugu).
Drink afternoon 10 drops and night 10 drops with 3 tea spoons of water.

  • Some home remedies like drinking boiled garlic water and eating the left over garlic is said to cure patients of this virus.
    A concoction obtained after boiling basil (tulsi) leaves, black pepper corns and ginger is also said to produce effective results especially as a preventive measure.

Thus we may use all or any of the above mentioned methods to protect ourselves from this dreaded virus. There is no harm in giving them a try. In the meanwhile quarantine and blocking of immigrants or tourists from across the borders seems to be the only effective way to control the infection from becoming an epidemic. This virus has the ability to mutate very fast and acquire new qualities which may again cause all cures and research to fail. Till now it was not found to be present in humans.

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