The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is sweeping across the globe at a rapid pace

Global efforts are still in progress trying to learn about the disease and how to treat it.Relevant solutions in the face of this crisis is essential for protection.

Here is what we know right now:

(i) There are two main routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus: respiratory and contact.

(ii) While there is not much information available about this particular strain of Cornonavirus, other strains are known to be able to survive in untreated water for weeks.

Excerpts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF:

Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for the COVID-19 virus Technical brief ,3 March 2020

The provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 outbreak. Ensuring good and consistently applied WASH and waste management practices in communities, homes, schools, marketplaces and health care facilities will further help to prevent human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

FMCG companies in India should gear up - increasing production of hygiene products.

Laboratory studies of surrogate Coronaviruses that took place in well-controlled environments indicated that the virus could remain infectious in water contaminated with faeces for days to weeks. A number of measures can be taken to improve water safety, starting with protecting the source water; treating water at the point of distribution, collection or consumption; and ensuring that treated water is safely stored at home in regularly cleaned and covered containers. Conventional, centralized water treatment methods that utilize filtration and disinfection should inactivate the COVID-19 virus. Other human Coronaviruses have been shown to be sensitive to chlorination and disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) light.

In places where centralized water treatment and safe piped water supplies are not available, a number of household water treatment technologies are effective in removing or destroying viruses, including boiling or using high-performing ultrafiltration or nanomembrane filters, solar irradiation and, in non-turbid waters, UV irradiation and appropriately dosed free chlorine.

This virus has been around for much longer, gaining strength over time, and has become particularly disruptive at times of supply and demand shocks. more  

According to sources from China (i) old age, (ii) signs of sepsis during admission, (iii) high blood pressure, (iv) diabetes and (v) using non-invasive ventilation for a prolonged period of time caused the deaths of the patients. Unfavourable outcomes in older people might partly be due to age-related problems in the immune system, and inflammation, aiding to the multiplication of the virus. Viral shredding is important - if it is prolonged it is an indication that infection may spread.Duration of viral shredding depends on severity of the disease. More than half of the patients are being treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wuhan that helped many of them to recover, according to Chinese officials. Chinese researchers have narrowed down their focus to a few existing drugs, including Chloroquine Phosphate, Favipiravir and Remdesivir, after multiple rounds of screening, director of the China National Center for Biotechnology Development under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Indians don't need to panic about the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronavirus. Regional Emergencies Director, WHO, said cases tested positive in India were because of travelling abroad, citizens' caught the virus on foreign land. Speaking about whether the virus will subside as temperatures rise, he said, "We don't know that yet, research still going on the same. It is a relatively new virus so gathering information on it will take time. Research on it is taking place 24x7, even as we speak there are many experts across the globe who are trying to figure out its evolution." The need of the hour is to get more trained doctors and nurses to treat the infected. As an Indian citizen one needs to maintain basic hygiene like washing one's hands often, covering ones mouth while sneezing and if one feels sick rush to a doctor as soon as possible. Caution should be exercised on the old and the very young, that's the age group which is most susceptible to the virus. Extreme caution should be taken by these two age groups. more  
The first line of defense in our immune system is our gut microbiome. This can be strengthened by consuming foods such as curds etc. or probiotics. Chinese researchers have found that COVID19 transmission drops significantly when humidity is above 40%. We need to be careful in some parts of north and western India where humidity tends to drop below this level in March-April. more  
The normal human body temperature is 36.9C (or 98.4F) and the virus does survive inside the human body to infect a person. The virus dying above 26-27C is a myth! more  
You forgot to add that this virus dies at temperatures above 26-27 degrees centigrate more  
I agree with Dr. Shivani Singh and will like to add that there is no medicine to fight viruses and it the immune system only which fights the disease and hence should be toned up more  
The Important thing along with all the measures prescribed by WHO etc is to also raise your body's immunity to a level that - God forbid - should one contract the virus your system would be able to battle it without succumbing to it. Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic medicines offer alot of help in this regard. more  
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