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The world today is scrambling to put a pause to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease. In spite of the government’s continuous prompting efforts throughout the globe to prevent the transmission, the new coronavirus continues to spread around the world. According to WHO, as of 31st March 2020, more than 36500 people worldwide have died, and more than 754900 people have tested positive of COVID-19, which is one of the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2).
The Most important concern in this regard is:
This Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is known for Human-to-Human Transmission. Although we do not have enough evidence to determine how easily this virus spreads. However, it is estimated that one infected patient of COVID-19 can infect around 2-3 other people.
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) spreads from person-to-person after coming in close proximity such as other respiratory illness like flu.
The droplets of fluids from the saliva of the infected person are disbursed in the air and the surfaces around them on sneezing or coughing. According to various studies, these droplets survive in the air for around 10 minutes and can reach several feet from the infected person.
Such droplets when come in contact with the people around them, can infect them if the droplets reach their eyes, nose or mouth. The surrounding people can even get infected if they touch their face after touching the surfaces around.
The incubation period that is the length of time for symptoms to appear is usually around one to 14 days. This is the reason why it is recommended to stay in isolation if a person is suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
There have also been several shreds of evidence on the basis of researches that the virus SARS-Cov-2 can stay on certain surfaces for up to 3 days. Various studies suggests that the virus can stay on hard, shiny surfaces for 72 hours and on porous surfaces for almost 24 hours, although it does degrade over time, without spreading, if left untouched.
The spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) also known as the novel coronavirus, in spite of the significant steps taken by various countries to prevent the transmission, have initiated the need for us to take the necessary steps in this regard.
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