27th Mar, 2020
According to ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and the WHO (World Health Organisation), India is at the brink of 3rd stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are four phases of an epidemic:
1. First stage - Imported cases
2. Second stage - Local transmission, wherein the virus is transmitted only to those in close contact with an infected individual.
3. Third stage - Community transmission and India is very close to entering that stage.
4. Fourth stage - An epidemic, the stage where the disease spreads within the population.
Given the population of India and the lack of adequate medical resources, the authorities are trying their best to contain the virus through administrative decisions in the form of suspending foreign visas, quarantining those with travel history, mandatory lockdowns, etc. More recently, the centre also implemented a 21-day countrywide lockdown for all schools, offices, malls, and other entertainment venues. Only essential services like grocery stores, medical stores and hospitals are allowed to operate.
Now, it is our duty to practice the precautionary measures suggested by WHO and MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) to make sure that we help contain the spread of this virus.
Here are some precautions we can take:
Before you cook or eat, after you cook or eat, every time you touch your face, and every 2-3 hours whether or not you feel the need, wash your hands. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will go a long way in ensuring that the virus doesn’t enter your body even if it is around you!
Most people are working from home, which tends to get a little boring. We get it. However, this is not an opportunity to catch up with a friend who lives close by. There is no way of saying who might be an asymptomatic carrier of the disease, so maintain a healthy distance from everyone and avoid crowded places.
As this video by Mark Rober shows, we end up touching our eyes, nose and mouth far more often than we realise, and these are the primary openings for the virus to enter our bodies. So try to avoid touching them, and wash your hands every time you do!
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Remember: Droplets spread viruses, and you must maintain good respiratory hygiene to protect the people around you from viruses that cause cold, flu and COVID-19.
Follow these precautions, and in case of any questions, reach out to us on Instagram or Twitter. We will try our best to help you.
Gargling with salt water or medicated liquids helps prevent and treat minor upper respiratory tract infections which are common during flu seasons and viral outbreaks. Cofsils Experdine Gargle is made with a povidone-iodine formula, which cleans toxins in your respiratory tract and helps prevent the multiplication of viruses.
While salt water simply flushes the toxins from your throat, Cofsils Experdine Gargle kills a wide range of bacteria and viruses in just 30 seconds, thus relieving your sore throat quickly and effectively! Here is how to use the medicated gargle:
Pour Cofsils Experdine Gargle into the cup. Dilute with an equal amount of warm water if taste is an issue.
Tilt your head backwards and gargle for a total of 30 seconds via swirling the liquid at the throat.
Spit out the solution. Repeat every 2-4 hours or as directed by your physician/dentist.