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Knowing the Virus | An Article by Jayanti Paul

Knowing the Virus

What is Coronavirus?

Corona virus is one of a large family of viruses, that is actually common throughout the world and can cause respiratory illness in people and animals alike. There are several known corona viruses that impact people and usually, only cause mild respiratory disease such as the common cold.

What is COVID-19?  

The corona virus disease or (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the “Novel Corona Virus”. COVID-19 is a new strain of corona virus that had previously not been identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever

  • Running nose
  • Headache
  • Sour Throat
  • Cough
  • A general feeling of      uneasiness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads by droplets produced as a result of coughing or sneezing of a COVID-19 infected person. 

This can happen two ways: -

Direct contact: -

One can get the infection by being in close contact with a COVID-19 patient specially, one who does not cover his face while coughing or sneezing.

Indirect contact: -

The droplets survive on surfaces and cloths for many days. Therefore, touching any such infected surface or cloth and then touching once mouth, nose or eyes can transmit the disease.

How can we protect ourselves from COVID-19?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid gatherings such as: - public places, social functions etc.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • While coughing or sneezing cover our nose and mouth with handkerchief.
  • Use masks as much as possible.

Instructions COVID-19 patients need to follow:

1. If you are down with fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home. Call your primary care provider, before going to a health care facility and let them know about your symptoms to limit potential exposure to others and to avoid spreading the virus.

2. Please wear a mask while moving around among other people if you have the symptoms.

Prevention is always better than cure. So let's live with the wisdom, 

" Stay home, stay safe."


Jayanti Paul,

Assistant Teacher,

Gargara LPS,

Rani Block