The entire world is disturbed with the infectious and deadly virus COVID-19 aka Coronavirus. The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Easter China, Wuhan in December 2019, this virus has spread rapidly all over the world. The formal name given by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses calls it “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2 because it is quite similar to the 2003 virus outbreak “SARS”. But what is SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19? How does it spread? How can we prevent COVID-19 from spreading? How to protect yourself?
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses come from a large family of viruses that cause illness in animals or humans. Several coronaviruses that infect humans are known to cause respiratory infections such as common cold and many other diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome are commonly known as SARS and MERS. The most recent addition to the coronavirus family is the “SARS-CoV-2” or “COVID-19”.
What is COVID-19?
The COVID-19 is a deadly disease caused by the coronavirus which was most recently discovered. The existence of this virus was unknown until the recent outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
How is COVID-19 spread?
According to current information, COVID-19 may be transferred from person to person. There are still a lot of unknown answers, including how infectious they might be. The spread of this new coronavirus is being carefully monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health organizations worldwide. WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic or public health emergency.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Commonly known symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of breath
Doctor’s in the US also stated that patients infected with COVID-19 lose the sense of smell and taste. As per recent analysis on patients who have been exposed to the COVID-19 have also had aches & pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea or sore throat. Symptoms mentioned above are usually not severe but begin gradually. Most people who become infected but don’t develop symptoms and remain normal. Nearly about 80% of people recover without the need for special treatment. Out of every 6 infected people, 1 gets seriously ill and ends with breathing difficulties. People with medical history like heart disease, lung problems, diabetes and those who are very old, are more likely to get serious.
People experiencing the above symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
How does the COVID-19 Virus spread?
The virus mostly spreads from an infected person to another person when the infected person sneezes, coughs nasal discharges or touches an uninfected person, then the virus spreads. When an infected person coughs or sneezes the nasal droplets land on objects around the infected person, it is necessary for a healthy person to avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Therefore, it is important for both the infected and non-infected persons to stay at home and also maintain social distancing from each other.
One main way the virus spreads is through the nasal fluids expelled by a COVID-19 infected person. The risk of a healthy person transmitting the virus is very low. However, People infected with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms.
More research is being made by scientists on how else the COVID-19 can spread.
What is the COVID-19 incubation period?
The time frame between being infected with the virus and beginning to have symptoms is known as the “incubation period”. It appears to be that symptoms are showing up in people within 1-14 days of exposure to the virus. This data may vary as per research.
How to protect yourself from the coronavirus?
The best method to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to stay away from falsified information circulated on social media and WhatsApp messages.
Follow the latest information provided by WHO on their website as well as their social media sites. The chances of being infected or spreading can be reduced by following simple precautions suggested by The World Health Organization.
Precautionary methods prescribed by WHO are:
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with the help of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or hand wash/soap and water.
Maintaining social distance or one arm distance from anyone who has been coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Maintaining good respiratory hygiene, especially smokers must stop smoking and keep their lungs healthy. When coughing and sneezing cover it with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Self-quarantine yourself and stay at home whether you are sick or not.
It is necessary to keep the surfaces and objects Clean and sanitized. Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 Hotspots or treatment centers and call the medical helpline numbers issued at every nation/state/city for help.
Why a 21-day lockdown and how is it helping the society?
Based on the scientific data provided by all the infected countries, scientists arrived that the virus undergoes an incubation period of 14days, where the virus can die out and spread can end. The government came up with this decision to have prevention and protection measures to the entire nation to ensure the spread ends and chain breaks. By implementing this, it not only stops the spread by human to human interaction but also stops the spread by not touching the surfaces an infected person has left over the residue of the nasal droplets. The 21-day lockdown isolates an infected person and forcefully quarantines him to stop the spread. This method has not only flattened the curve but also has reduced the rate at which the virus is being spread.
To ensure the safety of every citizen the government has asked all working personnel to home quarantine themselves. The government along with the police force and doctors are trying their best to stop the virus from spreading and treating the infected ones at their best.
We from Learning Track LMS, along with the government kindly request you all to stay home and stay safe to ensure and stop the spread of COVID-19.
What happened to other developed countries that failed to follow the lockdown implemented by their governments?
Countries such as Spain and Italy etc.., have tried their best in implementing a lockdown, but strict measures were not implemented by their policymakers. Within weeks of discovery of the first patient, the number went up to 1000’s. Though China was hit very badly with the outbreak of COVID-19, and the entire world including Italy assumed that the virus might not hit their respective countries, luck played and evidently one country after the other started getting the virus and the numbers grew up to 1000’s. People in other countries did not listen to their governments and still kept coming out for essential needs despite knowing the seriousness of the virus and this instantly increased the count of infection from 1 to 1000+.
Countries like Spain and Italy are spreading messages on their social media platforms, asking citizens of other countries to stay home and stay quarantined and isolate themselves.
The world has entered into an unprecedented crisis due to the impact of the novel virus” COVID-19”, policymakers and other global capitals brace themselves for the record-breaking crisis. The financial crisis has not only hit businesses but also hourly workers who get paid only if they show up to work, but it has created a dilemma amongst businesses where their incomes have dried up immensely. Tourism and airlines have been hit badly too, as the people around the world have been instructed to minimize contact and control the spread. Few business sectors have been spared. Markets have seen the worst hits after the 2008 financial crisis.[
The outbreak has generated both supply and demand across the global economy. Among major economies across the globe, the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) forecasted this crisis as the largest. Major European economies have gone into a state of confusion due to the spread of the virus. Leaders think twice to invest and move forward. All of this resulted in tumbling the stock market globally, lowering borrowing cost couldn't make consumers buy-in at times like these. Aviation, hospitality, and retail were among the industries which took an immediate hit. A huge number of people around the globe will find themselves jobless very soon, and this will definitely be among all levels of society, but it has impacted most people who don’t have job safety.
If the COVID-19 isn’t controlled at the earliest, then the governments across the globe must have to come up with an innovative solution to make sure that supply chains across their nation must keep running.
How businesses should think to adapt to newer technologies, especially startups and SMEs to bounce back to the market and take the U-turn towards their financial growth.
Like everything has its pros and cons, adapting to newer technologies too has such pros and cons. Most companies and organizations think 100 times before adapting to newer technologies, especially at times like the current crisis scenario. It is necessary for organizations, startups, and SMEs to take advice from their strategic advisors and stakeholders before proceeding any further. This is a time which can be called a buffer period for organizations, to strengthen themselves by improving development in their respective products. Organizations must also approach this situation in an optimistic way. They should ensure their employees are safe and also their consumers. organizations are trying to provide solutions to their consumers remotely with the help of digital channels.
Organizations tend to repair their losses with existing customers by providing them better services and solutions, which will not only be a head start for them to enter back into the market but will also prepare them for the worse that may come.
How LMS can play a role in online teaching and how we can save a lot of loss.
Learning management systems (LMS) were long being adopted by most colleges and universities including Tier 1 institutes in India to administer and manage their courses. LMS, also known as (VLE) Virtual Learning Environment, comprises a category of software and web application that is easy on online delivery of course materials with features like tracking and reporting of student/user involvement. LMS is the focal point of all educational activities in an academic environment where a student can access syllabus and required course materials, submit assignments, access grades/scores, connect with their peers and teachers. On the other hand, a teacher or the trainer can monitor students' involvement with the LMS, as well as performance across courses.
As we all know that most of the countries across the globe have a major threat from the “Novel Virus COVID-19”. Countries across the globe have implemented a complete lockdown to their nations, this has impacted most of the businesses small as well as large, but the major impact was on the educational sector. With countries shutting down educational sectors and leaving students without a class to go to, as this period is the end of a term or an academic year most schools and universities are thriving to cover up their syllabuses in many ways possible.
Just because the educational sectors are closed doesn’t mean education provided to students needs to stop. With the help of a learning management system (LMS), School, colleges, Universities can overcome this situation. Learning management systems not only allow the lecturers to upload lectures but also allows them to do live lectures and upload course content to their system and keep learning more interactive by our special features such as gamification, content management, AI/ML engine, and also by ensuring the students participate in quizzes to understand how much they have grasped from their learning, stats of all these will be made available to the respective trainers/teachers to improve themselves. Learning Track LMS will ease all your problems in these crises situation and provides you the best platform for online training.