It is no more fresh news that there is a recently known virus named Corona-virus. The corona virus is also widely known as COVID-19. The recently known virus have put the world on hold for months. it is needful to understand how the virus manifests on people. Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The corona virus infects the ‘low’ and the ‘mighty’ as the virus is usually transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. The droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, they quickly fall on floors and surfaces. A person can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth before washing one’s hands.
Good enough, women with the COVID-19 infection can breastfeed their babies but must use face masks and other safety precautions so as not infect their children. Common symptom of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some people may experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, running nose, sore throat and diarrhea. On average, it takes 5 – 6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show. However, in some others, it can take up to 14 days.
It is advised that people with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self- isolate, seek medical attention if one feels feverish, coughing and having difficulty in breathing. New study also pinpoints loss of smell and taste as a result of COVID-19. Individuals are therefore advised to stay home as much as one can. Other precautionary measures to practice are the following;
- Keep a safe distance
- Wash hands often
- Use soap and water, or an alcoholic-based hand rub
- Cover your cough
- If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbows or a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home if you feel sick or unwell
- Follow the direction of your Local authority (WHO)
Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease. It is also needful to know that the response windows for a crises is measured in months, while recovery is measured in years.
Challenges in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic
With the pandemic ravaging the entire universe, the following are the expected challenges:
- Challenges in learning school works
- Increased dropout rates
- Children missing their most important meals of the day.
- Balancing work and family
- General underemployment to increase (ILO)
- Old workers suffering from economic vulnerabilities
- Women in services businesses, for example; nurses, private school workers and so on
- Migrant workers
- Those with underlying health conditions and other older people
- Stricter regulations should be expected to mitigate the effects of COVID-19
Despite the challenges that could be experienced, one should expect some opportunities in the midst of the challenges and ahead after the pandemic. The following are such areas to note:
- Work harder to have more than one source of income
- Sharpen your dormant skills
- Scan your environment to identify the needs
- Gain friends around your area of passion
- Embrace mentorship
- Commit yourself to continuous learning
- Attend training sessions like workshops and conferences
- Reduce your purchase of non-essential things
- Continue saving
- Invest, invest and invest
- Give freely to experience increase for a just cause
- Learn new ways to work from home
- Embrace the use of technology
If you can commit yourself to learning how to doing things differently for better output, be sure to have higher expectations for the future even in a period of uncertainty. Maintain positive mindset that you will soar higher by the grace of God despite all odd. Let’s keep hope alive.
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