Coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses that can cause illness from the common cold to severe respiratory infections. The virus is transmitted from respiratory droplets through straight interaction of an infected individual to another person.
Individuals can be infected from touching contaminated surfaces or contacting humans already acquiring the virus. The virus can stay on the surface for hours, but disinfectants can kill it.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus include
- Breathing difficulty
- Cough and shortness of breath
- Pneumonia can be observed as a severe symptom
Coronavirus has spread all around the world, and it is affecting people every day. Aged people and individuals with medical conditions such as heart diseases and diabetes are at more risk of acquiring the infection.
Contact tracing coronavirus is a course of tracking the people that have come in contact with patients of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
Contact tracing helps to slow the spread of infectious diseases. Different communities are using contact tracing. Multiple clinics, labs, and hospitals send names of people diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local health department.
The health department then asks patients with COVID-19 about the people they have been in close contact with. The people in close contact with the patients can also have exposure to the virus; therefore, health department officials quickly alert those people. The process of contact tracing is anonymous and confidential.
Contact tracing coronavirus is an important part of good public health. By this procedure, health departments can determine where there might be a high risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.
In the COVID-19 situation, contact tracing has become very difficult and complicated. The virus is being transferred among people without manifesting symptoms.
- Contact tracing is being conducted for close contacts of the patient, i.e., people that have been within the distance of 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.
- Testing is recommended for all the close contacts of patients with COVID-19.
- The close contacts who are not tested are required to be quarantined and monitored for 14 days after their last exposure.
- The best way of protecting yourself is to stay home for 14 days and wait for signs or symptoms to appear. If the symptoms of COVID-19 appear, it is advised not to contact anyone and get emergency help.
Doctors have provided multiple advice and instructions to close contacts who have been diagnosed with the virus. Communities need to keep following COVID-19 practices.
How to Stop the Spread of Virus
Here are some of the methods you can follow if you are tested positive for COVID-19
- Isolate yourself from other people at home and avoid human contact a much as possible
- The public health department will contact you and will ask about the locations you have been to and the people you have spent time with
- The people who have come in contact with you will be called, but your information will stay confidential
- Public health officers will help you to get in contact with medical care
If you have come in contact with a COVID-19 patient
- If you have come in contact with a patient of COVID-19, the next step is that you will receive the call from a public health worker.
- You will be provided access to COVID-19 testing at no cost
- You will be asked to isolate yourself from people in your home
Cure of Coronavirus
Currently, there is no vaccine available for coronavirus. However, many symptoms can be treated if taken care of in the early stage.