Information and guidance from WHO (World Health Organization) regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.
1) What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
2) How does COVID-19 spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
3) How many countries & people are infected, recovered and died till date?
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 153 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan). The day is reset after midnight GMT+0. The “New” columns for China display the previous day changes (as China reports after the day is over). For all other countries, the “New” columns display the changes for the current day while still in progress. Total Cases i.e. total cumulative count is (156,932). This figure, therefore, includes deaths and recovered or discharged patients (cases with an outcome).
There are currently 156,932 confirmed cases and 5,839 deaths from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak as of March 15, 2020.
4) What is the current status of Corona Disease spread in India country?
Total number of confirmed COVID 2019 cases across India *: 107
5) What are the typical symptoms seen in any Corona affected person?
- COVID-19 typically causes flu-like symptoms including fever and cough.
- In some patients – particularly the elderly and others with other chronic health conditions – these symptoms can develop into pneumonia, with chest tightness, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
- It seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
After a week, it can lead to shortness of breath, with about 20% of patients requiring hospital treatment.
- Notably, the COVID-19 infection rarely seems to cause a runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat (these symptoms have been observed in only about 5% of patients).
- Sore throat, sneezing, and stuffy nose are most often signs of a cold.
6) How can I protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
The Helpline Number for corona-virus: +91-11-23978046
The Helpline Numbers of States & Union Territories for corona-virus https://www.mohfw.gov.in/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf
Sources and Courtesy:
1) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. Of India https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
2) World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
3) Worldometer officials https://www.worldometers.info/
4) Weather https://weather.com/
“Hotel Gold Stays”
Working into the Hospitality industry is always been challenging for every Hotel owner where standards need to be maintained in order to not failing expectations of every customer. Maintaining restaurant cleanliness and hygiene standards is essential as it was always our topmost priority.
Due to the current ongoing flaming issue of the coronavirus rapidly circulating all over the world and as per the regulations of the Department of Health, Govt. of India, we “Gold Stays” have taken some important decisions to maintain more good personal hygiene.
Our checklist for keeping the hygiene of the hotel area:
1) We have kept medically approved sanitizers in every room for our customers and ensured that the employees’ hands are properly washed by the same and thoroughly dried every time before starting any work.
2) Staff on duty sanitize their hands before entering any room OR after every room clean-up.
3) We have already distributed medically approved sterilized masks and gloves to each and every management person to avoid direct contact with any other person or things in the Hotel to avoid further risk.
4) We have made sure the gloves and masks will get disposed at the end of the day. Also, masks and gloves will be replaced immediately once they get noticed as torn or dusted.
5) We sterilize frequently used Hotel items daily under inspection.
6) We sanitize the surface area’s thoroughly twice/thrice a day.
7) We strictly clean all the tables, counter, sofas, chairs and inside furniture on a daily basis.
8) Our High-pressure steam sterilization system keeps all rooms and beddings clean every time on customer’s priority & safety.
After all, Keeping the workplace clean, as a way of working effectively!
Gold Stays Hospitality Services