Hand washing, personal hygiene can stop coronavirus spread: Expert
The coronavirus has spread to 18 countries and currently no cure has been found for it. Asiaville talked to an Indian medical expert to know what we can do about it.
The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The outbreak has so far claimed over 200 lives in China, left almost 10,000 people infected and continues to spread worldwide.
According to the WHO, about 100 cases have been reported in 18 countries, including Germany, Japan, Vietnam, the United States and India.
Amid the alarming situation, Asiaville talked to Narendra Saini, chairman of the scientific committee of Delhi medical council, and former General Secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA) to know more about the virus and how can we prevent ourselves from it.
Why is coronavirus dangerous?
Dr Narendra Saini says that since the virus spreads rapidly, there are chances of it spreading to a large number of people. This will increase the number of casualties.
India’s recommendation to prevent coronavirus:
The Ministry of AYUSH has suggested homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani to boost immunity against the virus that has no known cure yet. Talking about it, Dr Narendra Saini says: “Until there is a scientific evidence or medicine that has been proven for the virus, we can’t be sure about it.”
How to be safe?
Dr Narendra Saini says that people should wash their hands regularly, use tissue papers to be clean and also wash commonly touched services like doorknobs, handles etc to prevent spread of any infection.
While preparing food, vegetables should be washed properly. People who eat meat should boil it to kill all the germs before its consumption. The coronavirus spreads from human-to-human interaction.