Coronavirus in India: Here's Everything Parents Should Know

by Sagar, March 17, 2020

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Coronavirus's first case was registered in Wuhan one of the largest city in China in the month of December 2019. Overall more than 1,00,000 cases have been reported across the world and In India has reported with 75 positive cases of the Virus. Overall, one death case is reported in India and remaining are under observation and are ongoing in the treatment process. All the schools, colleges, workplaces and any kind of people gatherings have stopped functioning at the moment. UNICEF has issued an advisory to all the parents to keep the infection at a check with their children. Being a parent it is really important to safeguard your kid from all these infections. 

Things parents need to know about Coronavirus

This is one kind of new virus which was initially found in the city of Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei Province in mainland China. It was recognized when people started developing pneumonia without a noticeable cause and the present method of treatment was not effective on any of the patients. On the whole, 80000 people got infected with this virus only in China. Around 3000 fatalities cases have exceeded as per the records. Places like Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Australia, Thailand, France, Germany, Spain, The US, and countries in West Asia, etc, have been reported with the cases. Overall 90 countries have reported with Coronavirus cases. India’s first case with coronavirus was reported at the end of January 2020. It is estimated that more than 1 lakh cases are reported worldwide. It is designated as 2019-nCoV. It is examined as a novel virus outbreak because the virus was not seen earlier.

 

Symptoms of the new virus: 

  • Fever

  • Cold

  • Coughing

  • Muscle pain

  • Fatigue

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Can be fatal

  • Can cause pneumonia (infection to the lungs) 

 

This is a spreadable disease which is spreading rapidly day by day. From the first week to the second week there was a huge increase in the number of people being infected. Recently, they have noticed that hypoxemia is caused due to the intensifying lung injuries leading to difficulty in breathing and for this, they have started with oxygen therapy. Acute respiratory distress syndrome is another complication which is observed in many patients. Acute kidney injury is another complication seen commonly in virus-induced cardiac. Patients are put into the incubation period for this virus for 2 to 14 days. This incubation period will start from the day of exposure to the virus to develop the symptoms. It is believed that the virus originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that was involved in illegal wildlife sales. Many initial case patients of the virus had some kind of an interlink to the market, which obviously spread from animals to humans. After a certain period of time, the disease was appearing in the people who have no exposure to the market. Then it was a clear indication of a person to person spread. But, it is still not clear on how this is spreading among the people. 

Indian Circumstances

The first case in India was confirmed in Kerala on 30th January 2020. The patient is a female student from Wuhan University and she travelled back to her home town from China. Apart from that, there were two more cases that got confirmed in the state of Kerala. The government of Kerala has declared this as a “state calamity”. After that, there were patients from Delhi and Telangana. It is also said that they are coping up with the treatment. By the first week of March, there were 23 confirmed cases in our Country. And, there were 14 tourists from Italy who were infected and travelled to India. The Union Health Minister had confirmed that 28,529 people are being monitored constantly. As of 14th of March, 75 people in India are infected with the Coronavirus and among those, there was one death case which was reported in Bangalore. 

 

The Government of India is taking a lot of measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. 

  • There are few restrictions on travel to other countries. The travel advisories are being updated as and when they are getting a new update. 

  • People who have travelled from China since the 15th of January are being kept in quarantine. 

  • The government of India has issued a notice on travel warning to China and refrained people from visiting the country. 

  • E-visa provided to Chinese nationals are blocked at the moment temporarily. 

  • The online facility for submitting an application for a physical examination visa from China is also suspended. 

  • Chinese nationals who are visiting India for a compelling reason are being asked to contact the Indian consulate at Shanghai or the embassy in Beijing. 

  • The ministry of civil aviation has issued notice to all the national and international airlines to follow the advisory for their operations from China. 

  • The government of India has evaluated the nationals from Wuhan in two different batches. Air India flights have fetched the Indian nationals who were stranded in Wuhan, which includes 7 Maldivian nationals as well. 

  • Mostly all of them were Indian students who are pursuing studies in China and the rescued people were also put into quarantine for medical examinations. 

  • 21 airports are screening passengers, international seaports and borders crossings, especially from Nepal.  

  • All the flights from Singapore, China, Japan, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia are being screened. 

  • Using thermal imagery equipment, universal screening at all seaports and international airports are being conducted. 

  • Here, around 28,529 people from various Indian states and Union territories are under community surveillance. 

  • In airports, separate aerobridges are already put in place for the flights from South Korea, China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam. But, the count of people is rising day by day in the USA, Spain and France, so India has decided to have a dedicated aerobridge for flights from these countries as well. 

  • To meet with the rising demands of healthcare workers in airports, more doctors, nurses and paramedics have been deployed. 

What if you see there are symptoms of Coronavirus in your child?

As already mentioned above, the Coronavirus symptoms are almost the same as normal infection and if it happens to be discovered with any such symptoms in your child, seek medical help immediately and avoid the public places. 

How to avoid the infection?

You may follow the steps given below to reduce the chances of Coronavirus infection. 

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue or used mask into the bin. 

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms. 

  • Seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Coronavirus in India: Here's Everything Parents Should Know