Coronavirus Outbreak: Should We Panic Or Prepare?

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Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in complete chaos and panic across the globe. The situation couldn’t have gotten any worse as now renowned celebrities are being diagnosed with this virus, global activities and events are being halted, and daily life is on the verge of being seized. At least 114 countries have been affected by the coronavirus and it has killed more than 4,000 people so far. The number of confirmed cases has exceeded 121,000 across the world and it is increasing with every passing day.

So how is the life of a normal Pakistani these days? It is filled with confusion, chaos, and questions that require answers. Only 20 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Pakistan so far, but we all know that this is bound to increase in the coming days. People are scared thinking about what will happen next and are not sure how much more this virus will penetrate in the country.

The question here is that should we panic or prepare? The death rate of coronavirus is around 3% and if taken right precautions, you can prevent yourself from getting infected from this virus. There are some facts that need to be put forward regarding this matter which can reduce panic. In this article, we’ll take a look at the coronavirus death rate, how deadly it is and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

What are the chances of dying:

Since the coronavirus has erupted onto the scene, there’s a lot of research that has been done on this virus and also it’s the death rate. Researchers have found out of a 1,000 coronavirus cases, between five to 40 coronavirus cases will result in death. The best or absolute guess is nine in 1,000 or about 1%. The overall mortality rate cited by health officials is “2% or is likely to be even lower. But what is important here and what people need to understand is that it depends on a variety of factors such as your age, sex, and general health and also the health system or facilities you are in.

The people who are more likely to die from the coronavirus are the elderly, the unwell or such people already have any health ailments and, maybe, men. In an analysis that was done of more than 44,000 cases from China, the death rate was ten times higher in the very elderly compared to the middle-aged.

Overall, the mortality rate of coronavirus is even less than AIDS, TB or other such health ailments and if precautions are followed, you have nothing to worry about.

How To Prepare For Coronavirus:

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Risk of infection have told about a few precautionary measures that each one of us can take and should take to stay safe from the coronavirus. All these are very simple measures that we should make a part of our daily lives and by following this precaution is how we can prepare to prevent ourselves from this virus

1. Wash your hands regularly:

The first and foremost thing to prevent exposure to coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a duration of at least 20 seconds. The hands should be washed especially before, during, and after preparing or eating food.

2. Avoid unnecessary rubbing:

The biggest route for the virus to enter your body is when you touch your eyes or face. Avoid unnecessary contact and rubbing on your eyes, nose, or mouth and don’t touch them with unwashed hands as it is the most common route to infection for not just coronavirus but many of the contagious diseases.

3. Maintain distance from those who are sick:

Avoid large crowds and it is very important to avoid close contact with people who are sick or have flu-like symptoms because that’s better for both you and the other person. If you’re suffering from flu or other such problems, stay at home as it is the best thing you can do for your friends and colleagues.

4. Wear masks and gloves:

Try to wear masks if you have a cough or flu, or even if someone around you has these problems. This would protect you from exposure to the virus. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching someone who is sick. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and later make sure to throw the tissue in the trash can and wash your hands.

5. Use disinfectants:

Keep your hands clean and use disinfectants on things and surfaces that people are more likely to touch. This can help minimalize the chance of developing coronavirus

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Fahad Salman
An activist by heart, I pursue to push things forward by my honest written expressions. I write content for Pakistan’s most trusted patient's network – MARHAM, to lighten up lives by writing on burning health issues. I want to be remembered as an infinite learner and a real contributor.

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