Thursday, March 26, 2020

Precaution & Hygiene , a way of Life ! - COVID 19

Hello everyone. With so many messages , media , government diktat’s & then trying to organise the supply chains - we as individuals will have to take onus for our own safety. 
Please understand this virus is here to stay , like any other virus ( cold , cough , flu , chickengunya , swine flu , etc etc etc ). We shall  build immunity , find a vaccine or die , just as has been with any epidemic. The reason this is a major worry , it’s a pandemic , reaching across the globe. 
And India , lacks in medical facilities , health benefit , health equipment , population which cannot be expected to abide by social distancing,.
Which means , this might just be tip
 Of the iceberg. Therefore , we have to be careful about our own health. We have to do what we ( transplant lot )  have already done & what other patients / caregivers are aware off - we have to behave as if we are on a post transplant syndrome for atleast a year or more. Not to that level off isolation / quarantine - but same intensity of precautionary measures. That will be beneficial for all , as of today & future. 
It is essential that we do not let our guard down! The idea of this message is not to scare anyone but to reinstate the need for precautions & keep Fear at bay - to pls make Basic Hygiene a way of Life , a Discipline! 
Be active in these 21 days of Lockdown. Do things around the house , exercise some , do Zumba , gear up your creative side  - anything to keep Laziness at bay ! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


A virus is a virus and will spread with contact.
A simple cold , cough , or fever can be spread through personal contact. Since we do not have a known vaccine or medication for COVID-19 ( I prefer this to Coronavius, since it's adversely affecting the poor Corona Beer 😇) t's under the radar.
As is with the known virus , we tend to stay away from people who have the fever , cold , cough , else , we take precautions.
With onslaught of Covid-19 , we need to do the same , however , a few notch higher.
As individuals , no matter that personal hygiene is vital , it never gets the emphasis it requires.
Simple issues like , don't spit in public. When coughing , look away from anyone standing next to you. When you have any viral , we stay away from people ( isolate yourself ), if it still persists , we take medical help , till we are better. Brush your teeth before sleeping. Wash your hand before every meal , wash your hand and feet once you enter your home. Do not walk all around your home with shows that are worn outside , keep shoes that are worn in the house exclusively for home & the one's outside , near the door. Always use sanitizer when unsure of the surrounding , irrespective you have touched anything or not. Wipe plates , spoons , glass etc if eating outside. And there will be few more that as individual know off & yet are of no concern !
With the COVID-19 , please go back to the basic & follow the mandatory precautions by WHO.
1. Maintain social distancing - keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. ( If meeting more than 4-5 people at the same time , please make sure your nose & mouth is covered at all times , specially people working out of office , travelling in trains , bus , flights )
2. Wash your hands frequently ( nails , palms , between fingers ) - proper washing will kill the virus.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth -Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.This is mainly to avoid droplets which may contain virus.
4. Practice 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.
5. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider ( do not let rumours & social media stress you out, creating Fear & Panic  ).
All we can do is take precautions, if the virus has to affect someone , it will inspite of every precautions- however , be smart and use information for your own benefit.
*Runny Nose & Headache - stay home , till better. However , if progresses to fever, cough and difficulty in breathing ( respiratory ),  other mild symptoms associated with other virus.  Give body atleast a week in isolation to deal with this new virus. If respiratory difficulty persists , then seek medical advice. Let the medical examiner decide on the cause before asking you to do Tests for COVID-19 or any other ailment.  as your treatment will begin accordingly.
Hope this helps the few you are still in the dark.
Stay safe