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Coronavirus in Nepal: Overview, Symptoms, Precautions and Live Updates
The Nepali Government set up isolation wards at various locations and hospitals.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that cause health issues ranging from mild headache and common cold to more severe illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The most recently discovered coronavirus known as ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) causes ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19).
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus and was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
Since its inception, the coronavirus disease has spread to more than 190 countries, with the majority in USA, China, Spain, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Iran.
Around 1,999,927 infection cases have been confirmed globally with around 126,741 death cases. (Updated on 15th April 2020)
The COVID-19 virus is reported to have transmitted to humans by pigs, civets or snakes at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.
The disease can transmit from one person to another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
A person can get COVID-19 by breathing in droplets from an infected. This may occur when the healthy person touches the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touch mouth, nose or eyes.
Symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus disease are—
Shortness of breath
These symptoms are usually mild and develop gradually. Around 1 of 6 infected people become seriously ill and develops pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.
People suffering from fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention.
How to protect from COVID-19 infection?
One can easily reduce the chances of being infected or transmitting coronavirus infection by taking the following precautions.
Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water
Maintain at least 1m distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Wear face masks in public
Stay home when you are sick
Seek medical attention if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Self-isolate yourself if you have returned from the coronavirus infected country and seek medical advice promptly if you develop any symptoms
Coronavirus Situation Update in Nepal
Amid the growing fears of coronavirus outbreak across the world, the Nepali Government has been meticulously working to implement the best strategies to prevent the virus spread to the country.
So far, Nepal has reported only one coronavirus infection case. But the government has been implementing stringent measures as the country lacks the minimum healthcare facilities and procedures to combat the coronavirus infection if it enters the nation.
The Nepali National Public Health Laboratory can test only 500 individuals for coronavirus infection in a week due to the lack of human resources and critical lab materials.
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