Issues and Challenges

Protection Against the Second Wave of COVID-19

The second wave of COVID-19 has caught the world by surprise in the sense that it is more destructive than the first one and has spread like wildfire. It is important that we act responsibly and are vigilant in our everyday life. Moreover, a lot of different rumours and theories are going around regarding the novel coronavirus that have been misleading people and is preventing them from being responsible in these critical times. Here are some simple ways to help prevent the spread of this contagious disease.

Facts and Misconceptions
Can We Contract Coronavirus Twice?
A lot of people have been roaming around carelessly after recovering from the virus due to the misconception that has been going around that these people cannot get infected again. Well I hate to burst your bubble, but that is not true. According to a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 24th: "There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection." Therefore, people should keep this in mind and continue practicing social distancing and hygiene for the sake of their family and themselves.
Is Holding Breath a Valid Test for Coronavirus?
We have been hearing and reading this a lot, especially through social media groups and platforms. According to this ‘social media generated theory’, if you are able to hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing or feeling pain, then you don't have COVID-19. There is absolutely no authenticity in this information.
Do All Face Masks Provide the Same Kind of Protection?
The answer is NO. Some face masks are more effective than others. According to The New York Times, simple medical/surgical masks block only sixty to eighty percent of the contagious particles whereas KN95 blocks 95 % of these substances.
Has Covid-19 Mutated into More Than One Strain?
Yes, it has. Different people show different degree of severity regarding coronavirus and this is because of the specificity of the strain they get infected by. However, this also depends on the strength of their immune system. As a result, some people show mild symptoms while others show moderate to severe symptoms or no symptoms at all.
Can Pets Get Infected by Coronavirus?
Unfortunately, there is a possibility that pets such as cats and dogs can get infected by coronavirus. "There are strains of coronavirus that do affect dogs, typically puppies," says Christie Long, the head of veterinary medicine at Modern Animal in Los Angeles. However, there is no authentic evidence in this regard.
One-in-Three Test Results Are False-Negative
There is a possibility of error in every situation and it has been found that one-in-three negative test results are defective. This can be due to how quickly companies manufactured and distributed the tests. As a result, they did not undergo proper check and approval by health regulators. Moreover, faulty sample collection may also be a reason as there is a shortage of trained healthcare workers for sample collection.

Simple Ways to Fight the Spread of Coronavirus
It is the responsibility of every person in the household to take care of all the precautions because this pandemic requires our attention more than ever now. Women have been playing a crucial role in this regard by guiding their family, especially young ones, to understand the seriousness of the situation. Here are some ways that can help us fight the spread of coronavirus.
Running Your Hands Quickly Through Tap Water Doesn’t Wash Away the Virus
Washing your hands for more than 20 seconds is recommended by WHO in order to wash away the virus. 
Do Not Share Personal Belongings 
Refrain from sharing personal possessions such as phones, makeup or combs. In addition, you can teach your children to use their separate utensils.
Avoid Eating or Drinking in Public Areas
It is not the time to go out and eat at different restaurants and eateries. The virus can stay on surfaces (for example, tables, chairs or sofas) for up to three days. Also close contact between people may result in the transmission of the virus from a person who is a carrier.
Wash Newly Bought Grocery
Wash all the freshly bought groceries for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands before and after handling the grocery.
Disinfect Surfaces
Disinfect different surfaces in your home frequently, such as door handles, furniture, windows and toys with alcohol-based disinfectants. 
Teach Your Children to Maintain Their Distance
Explain the importance of social distancing to your child and help them practice it, especially around friends. 
Avoid Crowded or Indoor Settings
Try to avoid crowded places and gatherings. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times and wear a mask. HH


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