The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.Mikael Häggström, M.D. - Author info - Reusing images / CC0
Basic Protective Measures
- Wash your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid physical contact when greeting.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Click here for helpline numbers.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority.
- Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough.
Central Helpline Number for corona-virus: +91-11-23978046
|Name of the State & UT||Helpline No.|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||03192-232102|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||104|
|Jammu and Kashmir||01912520982, 0194-2440283|
|West Bengal||1800313444222, 03323412600|
- Fact1: Regardless of climate, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.
- Fact2: Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
- Fact3: Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease.
- Fact4: The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
- Fact5: Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.
- Fact6: Do not use UV lamps to sterilize hands or other areas of skin.
- Fact7: Thermal scanners cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever.
- Fact8: Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.
- Fact9: Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
- Fact10: There is no evidence that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
- Fact11: People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus.
- Fact12: Antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.
- Fact13: To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.
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