What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a new form of a deadly virus, also known as COVID-19, that originated from the live animal markets of Wuhan province in China. It is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can be transmitted between animals and humans. Coronavirus usually weakens the respiratory tract of a human body. More than 94,000 cases of coronavirus have been detected, along with above 3000 reports of deaths.
Most cases are prevalent in the country of China, where around 80,000+ people have been detected with this deadly virus, followed by South Korea, Iran, Italy, and more.
The symptoms associated with coronavirus vary from a mild case of cough and cold to a severe case of kidney failure or pneumonia. Additional symptoms include
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Overall weakness
- Multiple organ failures
- Chest pain
The virus is especially contagious for people with lower immune systems, the eldery, and young children.
Steps to Prepare for Coronavirus
The worst part about this disease is that a proper vaccine is not yet discovered to prevent or cure it. The only form of aid or relief that is available is through practicing personal hygiene, keeping your home and work space surroundings clean, and following certain precautionary methods.
Visiting your workplace during a time when there is an outbreak of a virus can be risky and sometimes hazardous to your health. However, by following these healthy routines in the office you can lower the risk of getting exposed to the virus.
- Disinfect commonly used objects like door knobs, computer accessories, mobile phones, chairs, files etc. regularly with proper sterilizers and cleaners.
- Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds, with warm water and soap.
- Distance should be maintained from colleagues or employees that show signs of flu or cold.
- Disinfecting wipes should be used to clean frequently used objects and should be discarded after each use.
- People who personally feel sick, should avoid going into work, to prevent others from potentially catching the same virus.
- While coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Used tissue should be immediately thrown in the bin and covered.
- Employees should avoid spending time in common rooms such as the cafeterias, conference rooms, reception, IT rooms, and more.
Disinfectants and Supplies Needed
Since there is no vaccine or treatment available to prevent coronavirus, it is best to stock your workspace with supplies that can be used to prevent the spread of germs. Some essential disinfectants and supplies to stock up on are:
- Basic first aid kits
- Cold and cough medicines
- Face masks and medical masks
- Antibacterial soap and liquid hand wash
- Tissues, disinfectant wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Pain relievers
- Cleaners to disinfect objects
- Vitamin C - Daily Immune Support (Like Emergen-C)
There has been a steep rise in the cases reported of coronavirus. It has affected more than 50 countries. Travelling has been restricted worldwide. People have resorted to staying indoors. Many large-scale events have been cancelled and more. All of facts are just a validation that there is not much time left before the disease could be announced pandemic. Therefore, it is suggested to all to observe the precautionary methods, religiously, before it is too late.