What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?


What is coronavirus? In early 2020, a new virus began generating headlines all over the world because of the unprecedented speed of its transmission.

Covid-19 first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. COVID-19 has reached more than 140 countries so far. The number of people who died due to its infection has crossed more than 6000. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it an epidemic. Governments around the world are focusing on awareness of the corona virus. Experts says that it can be controlled only by preventing its infection from spreading. Corona virus can be prevented better by identifying its symptoms. The disease, that leads to illnesses ranging from common cold, fever, shortness of breath to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, is caused by a kind of coronavirus never seen before.

Also See: Covid-19: The History of Pandemics

This led to the virus initially being called novel coronavirus 2019 (nCov-19). The disease was later formally labelled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). In the media, it’s being widely called coronavirus.

What is Coronavirus
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What are the most common COVID19 symptoms?

They are very similar to common cold, or hayfever – which is a bitch, as we are almost in Spring. But there are some key differences.

  • In the beginning of the illness COVID19 gives you a slight fever (37.5 °C);
  • COVID19 does NOT generally give you a runny nose – the nose usually stays dry;
  • Later, COVID19 gets you a dry cough, and thus begin the infection of your lungs, giving you its typical sensation of shortness of breath, which CAN become serious if you are affected by the disease and require hospitalization.

How do you protect yourself from this coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.

Also See: Hantavirus Explained: Causes, signs and symptoms

Coronavirus Helpline Numbers of States & Union Territory

World Health Organisation (WHO) declared coronavirus as a pandemic. While cases in India have seen a surge in the past few days, it’s time for caution and not panic. Ministry of health and family welfare has released a list of all COVID19 helpline numbers for various States/UTs.

Here are all the list of helpline numbers:

COVID 19 helpline number for the States of India

S. NoStates in IndiaCOVID 19 Helpline Nos.
1Coronavirus Helpline Number Andhra Pradesh0866-2410978
2Coronavirus Helpline Number Arunachal Pradesh9436055743
3Coronavirus Helpline Number Assam6913347770
4Coronavirus Helpline Number Bihar104
5Coronavirus Helpline Number Chhattisgarh104
6Coronavirus Helpline Number Goa104
7Coronavirus Helpline Number Gujarat104
8Coronavirus Helpline Number Haryana8558893911
9Coronavirus Helpline Number Himachal Pradesh104
10Coronavirus Helpline Number Jharkhand104
11Coronavirus Helpline Number Karnataka104
12Coronavirus Helpline Number Kerala0471-2552056
13Coronavirus Helpline Number Madhya Pradesh0755-2527177
14Coronavirus Helpline Number Maharashtra020-26127394
15Coronavirus Helpline Number Manipur3852411668
16Coronavirus Helpline Number Meghalaya108
17Coronavirus Helpline Number Mizoram102
18Coronavirus Helpline Number Nagaland7005539653
19Coronavirus Helpline Number Odisha9439994859
20Coronavirus Helpline Number Punjab104
21Coronavirus Helpline Number Rajasthan0141-2225624
22Coronavirus Helpline Number Sikkim104
23Coronavirus Helpline Number Tamil Nadu044-29510500
24Coronavirus Helpline Number Telangana104
25Coronavirus Helpline Number Tripura0381-2315879
26Coronavirus Helpline Number Uttarakhand104
27Coronavirus Helpline Number Uttar Pradesh18001805145
28Coronavirus Helpline Number West Bengal1800313444222, 03323412600,

COVID 19 helpline number for Union Territory of India

S. NoUnion Territory (UT) in IndiaCOVID 19 Helpline Nos.
1Coronavirus Helpline Number Andaman and Nicobar Islands03192-232102
2Coronavirus Helpline Number Chandigarh9779558282
3Coronavirus Helpline Number Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu104
4Coronavirus Helpline Number Delhi011-22307145
5Coronavirus Helpline Number Jammu & Kashmir01912520982, 0194-2440283
6Coronavirus Helpline Number Ladakh1982256462
7Coronavirus Helpline Number Lakshadweep104
8Coronavirus Helpline Number Puducherry104

The number of coronavirus cases in India has seen a drastic increase in the last weeks. As the entire nation is taking safety measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Also See: Coronavirus test centres in India: All you need to know


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