• 07 Feb 20

Panic, Fear and Death are turning into reality as the rapid spread of "Corona Virus". The whole world is under threat of it. China oriented calamity is questioning the existence of humankind in different parts of the world. The virus is easily transferred to one person from others that are creating a rather pathetic situation. The old phrase "precaution is better than cure" is the only possible cure for this at present.

In this emergency, our mutual responsibility and sensible cooperation can only prevail over misery. Teachers and their involvement can make a difference.  

Here are some very basic tips that help you to train students, so that they can safeguard themselves as well as others.

Proper Education:

Educate students about the symptoms and indications of virus infection. Educate them about the coronavirus. You can define this evil infector according to WHO definition that is "Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)"

Answer their Question and quench their curiosity:

Students are always full of curiosity and thrust. They might ask numerous questions related to it. Like " what is Novel Coronavirus", How dangerous it is, what can I do to protect myself etc?

Every teacher should listen and answer after deep research. You should quench their curiosity and thrust from authenticate and scientific researched based answers like you can refer WHO to define Novel coronavirus as "novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new or "novel" coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019"

Educate them about the symptoms:

Educate students about its symptoms and sign. Teachers should ask students that Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Teach them precautionary methods:

The cure and prevention of this alien pathogen are precaution and hygiene practices only as an antidote is yet to invent. So, it is teacher's responsibility to evoke good habits and practice among students. Ask children to follow given WHO guidelines:

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands. 

Practice respiratory hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

Why? When someone who is infected with respiratory diseases, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. 

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

Why? Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it's important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.

As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets

Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

 Your Guidance and awareness can save many lives.