Most of the countries that have been hit with this infectious disease are currently on a COVID-19 Lockdown. This lockdown is imposed to fight the spread of COVID-19. This is a very helpful tactic as it seems that the movement of people is actually aiding the transmission of the disease.
The COVID-19 Lockdown is a restrictive measure to confined people to their homes in order to prevent the spreading of the virus. The citizen of the countries on lockdown, have been made to stay at home. This has also imposed the shutdown of workplaces, markets, schools, religious gathering and any form of social gathering.
The government of some countries has taken extra measures to make sure that lockdown is very effective. Some of these measures include providing food supplies to the citizens at home and punishing and even arresting those who break this rule. Before we discuss more on those countries that are currently on lockdown, let us first learn more about what COVID-19 is about.
The COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease in 2019. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus of the coronavirus family. It started out in 2019. The particular virus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2. This simply stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. This shows that the virus affects the respiratory system of the human body.
The disease was first identified in a town called Wuhan in China. It has been said that this disease started from the Wuhan market as it is popular for its sales of animals that are sold alive or dead observing little or no proper hygiene.
However, it has been discovered that the virus has much affiliation to bat which is not really sold on the market. So, the disease cannot be really pinned to have start and spread from the Wuhan market. Initially, the disease was called the “Wuhan Disease” but was quickly abolished by World Health Organization, W.H.O. This is because according to the W.H.O. rule, a disease is not named after a location.
There are some common symptoms shown by people infected with the virus. This drew the conclusions on the symptoms of this deadly virus. Some of the severe symptoms are mostly shown by people who are seriously ill from the infection. As stated, one out of every six infected persons falls seriously ill. Below is a list of the symptoms of COVID-19.
- High temperature
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Running nose
- Nasal congestion
- Joint aches
- Chest pain
- Loss of taste sense
- Loss of smell sense
- Tightening of the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Conjunctiva congestion
- Multi-organ failure
These symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of cold. They start out gradually and without proper medical attention, the symptoms would grow into the severe ones and then cause the death of the infected person. It takes an incubation period of fourteen days for the symptoms of the virus to show. Some patients have actually shown symptoms much earlier.
Countries on COVID-19 Lockdown
Several countries have employed lockdown tactics to help contain the transmission of the virus. Lockdown is a term that is being used by public health officials. It means shutting down activities that take people out of their home and in contact with others. This seems practical as the disease can only spread by picking up the virus from infected persons.
Some of the countries that went on lockdown are listed below.
- United States of America
- El Salvador
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Burkina Faso
These are some of the countries on lockdown. The government of some of these countries has taken extra measures to sanitize the streets and also give supplies to their citizen at home. This would go a long way to make the lockdown effective and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Prevention of COVID-19
The preventive measures of COVID-19 are very simple and easy to follow. Observing proper hygiene helps to prevent the virus from spreading from one person to another. These preventive are listed out below.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Regularly wash your hands for about 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Avoid contact with infected person or at least stand one meter away from them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with face mask when in public.
- Sanitize surfaces as the virus and live longer on them.
- Wash clothes with hot water and soap.
By observing these, you are sure to keep safe from the virus. Stay at home or self-isolate if you are unwell.