It’s been now a year when the first human case of Coronavirus was reported by officials in Wuhan City, China. Some of the most common symptoms of Corona Virus include fever, dry cough, loss of smell or taste, difficulty or shortness in breathing, etc.
This infectious disease has proved deadly and it has taken 1.43 million lives till death. A person with other medical problems or health diseases getting infected from this virus can cause complications during the treatment. Additionally, it affects a person with low immunity. So, it is advisable to make your immune system stronger to protect yourself from this deadly virus. Apart from this regularly washing hands with an alcohol-based soap, wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance are some of the preventive measures. To protect oneself from COVID-19 infection.
If we talk about this virus In India, the first case of COVID-19 was reported on 30 January 2020. As a preventive measure, to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Government of India ordered a Nationwide lockdown for 21 days on 24 March 2020. And also as a Public Health care measure for limiting the COVID-19 cases. The lockdown took place when the nationwide coronavirus cases reached 500.
Additionally, lockdown confined individuals from moving out of their homes. All major forms of transportation services, roadways air, and rail–were suspended. Only certain special cases such as for transportation of essential goods, fire, police, and crisis services, were excluded.
All the forms of educational institutions, industries, manufacturing units, and hospitality services were additionally suspended. The lockdown was imposed strictly and any person not following the lockdown guidelines was fined and actions were taken against them.
Public Health care measure has fundamentally centered around decreasing and containing the contamination. The Central Government announced a prohibition on travel, sealing the borders, with the nationwide lockdown.
As the lockdown period was about to end, many State governments were of the thought to extend the lockdown to public healthcare measures. On 14th April, the Government ordered the extension of lockdown till 3 May. There were certain conditional relaxations after 20th April, in the regions where the contamination was less. Again, on 1 May the extension of lockdown took place till 17 May. And, then the lockdown was further extended till 31 May on 17 May. On 30 May there were certain relaxations as the lockdown started to ease. All the districts were divided into green, red, and orange zones as per the spread of the virus. The application of relaxations accordingly took place.
This to some extent, has brought about generally low cases of infections & death in comparison to the population density of India. It has additionally permitted the state wellbeing divisions
to get their wellbeing framework, HR and clinical supplies set up to deal with surges in covid-19 cases. The lockdown restrictions started to ease and services resumed from 8 June. This was “Unlock 1.0”. The restrictions started to ease more as Unlock 2.0 announced. This was between 1 to 31 July. All the services resumed with an SOP ensuring health & safety at work.
To ensure that health & safety at work, various steps were taken by different business owners & employees. Proper training & guidance were given to protect their employees from getting infected from COVID. Frequent washing of hands, sanitization of the workplace, and avoiding them to touch their eyes, face, or mouth. Health & Safety at work matters a lot as it directly impacts employee productivity. Some organizations have their own health & safety policy to contain the spread of the virus. If employees have symptoms of Coronavirus, they should not be asked to visit the workplace.
What are the safety measures of COVID 19?
It is known that
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, through close contact with an infected
person, or by touching any contaminated objects and surfaces. COVID-19 can
spread from an infected person to a healthy person via droplets that are
released through cough or sneeze.
To keep oneself protected from COVID-19, one should:
Wash your hands often with soap & water or an alcohol-based rub or sanitizer for at least 20 seconds after visiting any public place, or after coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, or eyes, without washing your hands. If any of the family members are infected or have symptoms of Coronavirus, avoid close contact with them.
Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine
There are 5 potential vaccines which are under the different phases of clinical trials. The Union Minister, Harsh Vardhan has informed the vaccine will be likely available by the first quarter of 2021. On the contrary, it is important to fight against this contagious virus and be safe. Individuals with a low immune system need to strengthen their immune system. Any person with symptoms of Coronavirus should seek medical assistance immediately.