Clearing out the mist and hype surrounding the health emergency caused by Corona virus, an informative / interactive session on “Health Talk on Corona Virus” was organized at CGC Jhanjeri in collaboration with Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Dr. Mohit Kaushal (MBBS, DTCD, DNB, Respiratory Medicine) was the keynote speaker on the occasion. Dr. Mohit started by sharing the family history of the corona virus or COVID-19. Later elaborating, the virus spreads with direct human-to-human contact, droplets, fomites, and fecal contamination.
The incubation period of the virus is nearly 14 days and in maximum cases the virus has infected within 5 days. The first signs of the disease include cough, fever and shortness of breath, but every person who is coughing does not have corona virus. The disease is detected through lab tests of throat & nasal swabs, sputum test or blood samples. At present the virus has spread to nearly 115 countries with the majority of the cases (nearly 70%) are in China. The majority of people who succumb to death are low on immunity having other ailments as well such as diabetes or illness, and most of them are above 60 years of age.
According to Dr. Mohit, as a precaution one should avoid travelling as much as possible, avoid close contact and be at least 2 meters away plus one should avoid crowds as much as possible. Other precautionary measures includes avoid touching eyes, nose, or throat, wash our hands thoroughly and avoid spitting. Some of the myths that were cleared by him include – no pets can cause this disease, there is no vaccination for this disease as of now. He concluded by saying that one should not panic and answered some of the questions put forward by students, to their satisfaction.
Speaking on the occasion, S. Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President CGC, stated – “Everyone should keep the valuable insight shared by Dr. Mohit Kaushal in our mind and maintain our calm while exercising due precautions.” Dr. G. D. Bansal, Director General stated – “All the students of CGC Jhanjeri should maintain good eating habits, drink plenty of water and stay away from public gathering if possible.”