Director’s Corner – Sushil Motwani


COVID-19 – Corona Virus Information from IAGB

Sushil Motwani

Fellow Readers:In today’s world, news and information are delivered in so many ways, that it is impossible and overwhelming to keep track of information that is relevant and important for future references.The year 2020 has brought us a new world problem – the spread of the Corona Virus – COVID-19 as it is medically termed as. Searching information from Google, again leads to more websites and channels that can be overwhelming and confusing. Let us not use “WhatsApp” / Instant-Messaging or websites which may provide us false information as our central source of information. Also, beware of Coronavirus phishing / spam – hackers are using the pandemic as a bait to get your personal credentials. Do not click on emails, if you are unsure of the source. Attentiveness and knowledge are your two best tools. Look carefully to spot wrong addresses, misspelled domains, URLs with misleading labels, and other signs. How does one get the information they are looking for?The list provided below will give you an index of the information related to COVID-19. We promise “not” to bore you with the same information like “Wash your hands” or “Keep Social Distancing”, that you probably already have heard many times now. Instead we would like to direct you to the right source of information about the disease. What exactly is #flattenthecurve? – Flatten the Curve? Flattening the curve refers to community isolation measures that keep the daily number of disease cases at a manageable level for medical providers.
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What are the symptoms for COVID-19? Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:·        Fever·        Cough·        Shortness of breath If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:·        Trouble breathing·        Persistent pain or pressure in the chest·        New confusion or inability to arouse·        Bluish lips or face If you feel that you may have been exposed to someone who has the COVID-19 or are experiencing the above symptoms, how can I get tested?·        Go to clinics instead of crowded large facilities.·        Fees: Testing and Treatments are free.If confirmed, home isolation for 14 days, please help stop spreading COVID-19.

 Useful Websites Related to COVID-19 Interesting – Data Driven Innovative Websites
 Notes COVID-19 FAQ from CDC  Information of everything related to COVID-19 CDC – 10 Things that you could do to manage COVID-19 at Home  WHO – How to protect yourself against COVID-19  WHO – YouTube Channel  CDC – YouTube Channel #flattenthecurve Notes  Website created by 17-year old in Seattle – collects data from CDC and WHIInformation about Corona Virus outbreak in IndiaFirst Generation Chinese immigrants in the United States – Real-Time Tracker for COVID-19 in USA and Canada — Sushil Motwani