Is Washing Hands and Using Sanitizers Enough to help protect against Coronavirus
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Is Washing Hands and Using Sanitizers Enough to help protect against Coronavirus

Mona Mehta

Coronavirus: Fighting Pandemic Panic with Information
Ringing the bell loud and clear against the current viral outbreak which has affected at least 114 countries and killed thousands of people, WHO (World Health Organization) has now raised health emergency at its highest level by officially announcing COVID-19 as a pandemic. This means that things are going viral, quite literally.


WHAT IS COVID-19?
On Feb 11, 2020, WHO announced an official name for the novel coronavirus disease: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31st December 2019. It is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus responsible for this global outbreak is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This name was chosen because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003. The last pandemic announced by WHO was H1N1 swine flu, which was a decade ago in 2009.


WHAT DOES SCIENCE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus is a single positive-sense RNA virus. RNA viruses are known to possess a pandemic potential as mutation rates of RNA viruses are sometimes found to be greater than DNA viruses. Having said that, there have been few widespread DNA virus cases too. As a Microbiologist and Nutraceutical expert, SARS-CoV-2 is a new virulent RNA virus for the science fraternity and the researchers are yet to conclude its ongoing findings towards its likely origin, possible treatment, and vaccine. Emerging research and understanding is required to gain insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and functionality of this novel virus. However, increased global scientific collaborations are making attempts to fight this pandemic and might take around 18 months to develop a vaccine.


WHAT TO DO IN THIS CURRENT STATE OF EMERGENCY?
1. BE AWARE
It is important to be aware of any mild to severe respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is also important that you inform the doctor about your travel history. Keep a check on yourself and the people around you. As the outbreak has ballooned, this viral disease continues to spread around the globe and it is critical to relay key information to the mass during this phase of the pandemic and being well-read and informed is no more an option or matter of interest, but mandatory.


2. KEEP IT PERSONAL
It is important to do more than follow basic hygiene guidelines. Avoiding social gatherings is a must. Wash hands regularly and use alcohol based sanitizers as it may also be possible that you touch a surface or object with the virus and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes. It is advisable to avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick as a virus can spread through respiratory droplets produced when an aware or unaware infected person coughs or sneezes.

Is Washing Hands and Using Sanitizers Enough to help protect against Coronavirus
3. DETECT AND PROTECT
With the increasing frequency of zoonotic spillovers leading to human infections and transmissions, it is imperative to step up for diagnosis even when you witness early symptoms of COVID-19. Encourage people in your surroundings to keep a check on their health, especially those suffering from weak immunity or any existing disease conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.
Most reports estimate the incubation period to be around 1-14 days, most commonly 5 days. The incubation period is the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. The researchers estimate that for every 10,000 individuals quarantined for 14 days, only about 101 would develop symptoms after being released from quarantine.


4. IMMUNITY: NEED OF EVERY TICKING HOUR
To fight with an outbreak of this scale, one must not only take precautions against transmission but also on building up their own defences.
As a microbiologist and nutraceutical expert, I understand virology and the role nutraceuticals will play in helping one to protect against the viral outbreak. I believe the current need of the hour should be to focus on strengthening the body’s natural defence mechanism called “immune system” with Vitamin C and Zinc. While Vitamin C contributes to increased production of white blood cells (WBC’s), Zinc helps fight against the virus. This keeps our immune system strong and contributes to prepare the body to fight against viral symptoms like cold and flu. Immunity is not a one-day thing, you can’t expect an overnight buildup of your defence system to fight against such virulent viruses and bacteria’s. You have to build it up and strengthen it on a regular basis. One should ensure to maintain daily immunity to fight the pathogens we are exposed to everyday around us in the polluted environment we live in.
It’s apparent that pandemic preparedness has become a priority for the global health agenda and we all should take stringent and holistic precautionary measures.


Mona Mehta is the Technical Marketing Head at Fast&Up. Mona has received her Masters in Nutraceuticals and she graduated with Majors in Microbiology and Biochemistry. The field of nutrition is of interest to her as she finds the role of nutraceuticals in the complex human body very fascinating. Mona loves to read, travel and spread awareness on nutrition and health supplements with her incredible passion at Fast&Up with her Product Marketing Communications, Corporate Wellness Program, and Fast&Up Science Academy. Mona strategizes Key Product Claims and Scientific Marketing Communications in accordance with the regulations. Under her Corporate Wellness Program, Mona has spread awareness on the importance of active lifestyle and nutrition at major corporates across the country and Fast&Up Science Academy has trained more than 100 team members of Fast&Up.


Is Washing Hands and Using Sanitizers Enough to help protect against Coronavirus

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